The UMCOR Hotline
November 28, 2006
In Today's Hotline:
World AIDS Day is Friday, December 1. Consider observing this important day for awareness on a Sunday near this date. You can help spread awareness about this disease that affects 40 million people and how United Methodists are responding. Check out UMCOR's World AIDS Day 2006 web page and church resources including a bulletin insert and posters you can print from home.
People in San Lucas, El Salvador gathered in September to celebrate la atolada, a thanksgiving celebration for the corn harvest. San Lucas was devastated last fall when Hurricane Stan took the lives of 77 people in this community and displaced 71,461 more. Most of their crops were destroyed as well.
UMCOR supported Action by Churches Together partner, Lutheran World Federation as they helped the people of San Lucas recover from Hurricane Stan. LWF provided seeds and other tools needed to replant. Now, San Lucas is bringing in a substantial corn crop and looking towards a brighter future.
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf arrived at Ganta United Methodist Hospital on November 18 with a much-needed ambulance and 5,000 pounds of rice. The president had pledged these items during a previous visit. Both donations will help Ganta Hospital improve its programs and outreach to the community. Ganta Hospital serves a community of 450,000 people and is a major health center for this area of Nimba County. President Johnson-Sirleaf, a United Methodist herself, has had an ongoing relationship with the hospital. You can support the continuing work of Ganta by giving to UMCOR Advance #982168, Hospital Revitalization, Ganta Hospital.
The UMCOR Sager Brown relief supply depot distributes millions of dollars of emergency supplies, clean-up tools (including generators), and basic necessities to displaced persons, storm survivors and volunteers all over the world. According to Charles Maddox, director of Sager Brown, at one time the depot had 20 generators available to loan out. Supplies have been depleted over the last two years and now the supply of generators has run out.
"Churches can donate a generator or the money to buy one," said Charles Maddox, Sager Brown Director. "We need to let our connection know that major disasters like Hurricane Katrina exhaust our resources and they need to be replenished." Sager Brown needs 5000-watt, gas-powered generators. Maddox estimates that they cost between $500 and $800 each. You can give cash gift for a generator through UMCOR Advance #901440, Material Resource Ministry, Generator.
UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit umcor.org. You can donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offering plate at a local United Methodist church; by sending a check to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068; or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. You can also give online by clicking on any of the "Give Now" links. UMCOR is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors.
And, please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick or in poverty because of these and other natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister to them.
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