The UMCOR Hotline
December 05, 2006
In Today's Hotline:
UMCOR is working with partners in the Philippines to provide immediate assistance after Typhon Durian struck the Central Philippines on December 1. Approximately 450 people have been reported killed and another 600 are missing following the typhoon and subsequent landslides that buried villages on the slopes of Mount Mayon, 200 miles south of Manila.
The Rev. Paul Dirdak, Deputy General Secretary, UMCOR, is in contact with the bishop in the affected region to provide needed support. UMCOR has already sent an emergency grant toward relief and expects to send another in the coming days. Please pray for those affected by this disaster and give to Philippines Emergency, Typhoon Durian, UMCOR Advance #240235.
The 34-day conflict between Lebanon and Israel last July and August has created needs in the region that will continue for years to come. UMCOR partners through Action by Churches Together are working to help provide families who lost their homes and belongings in the conflict prepare for winter. ACT partner DanChurchAid is also working to remove the tens of thousands of cluster bombs and unexploded ordnance that now litter the southern Lebanon countryside threatening the lives of those who live there. Your gifts to Middle East Emergency, UMCOR Advance #601740, help provide the tools to recover from conflict.
Mr. S lost everything in hurricane Katrina. With the funds he received from FEMA he bought a used mobile home and paid for it to be set up with electricity and other connections. What kept Mr. S from moving into his new home was the need to add a septic system.
With the help of Shanna Allen, an UMCOR-trained case management supervisor, Mr. S's needs were brought before several local organizations, most of whom could not help with the septic system. Ms. Allen brought his needs before the Southwest Mississippi Recovery Network Unmet Needs and the Mississippi Annual Conference. Between these two groups the needed labor and funds were located and now Mr. S is settling into his new home.
UMCOR's Christmas Wish List has great gift ideas for those looking to give to others this Christmas season. Gifts can be made in honor of someone as well as giving directly to the program. Those wishing to give a gift in honor of a loved one can receive a card from UMCOR to let that person know of the gift that was made in his or her name if the order is received by December 12. Call UMCOR to find out more about this program at 1-800-554-8583 or visit the UMCOR Christmas Wish List.
UMCOR's 2007 Calendar, Questions of Crisis: Answers of Hope, will inspire you and your loved ones as you read about the power hope has to change lives. Order your calendars today! Calendars are $8.50 plus shipping and handling, you can order online at www.umcorcalendar.org or by calling 800-305-9857.
Please note that the UMCOR Hotline schedule will be interrupted during the Christmas and New Year holidays. There will be no UMCOR Hotline on December 26. The UMCOR Hotline will return on Wednesday January 3 and every Tuesday after that.
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.
BE SURE TO RECEIVE OUR HOTLINE EMAILS. MAKE UMCOR YOUR BUDDY! Some Internet Service Providers like AOL, Yahoo!, Hotmail, and Juno use email filtering software that allows you to add email addresses to a "buddy," "trusted," "safe," or approved list. Please add email@example.com to your list so that our messages don't end up in "junk mail" or the "trash."