The UMCOR Hotline
January 03, 2007
In Today's Hotline:
UMCOR is working with Action by Churches Together partners to bring immediate relief and long-term healing for those affected by Typhoon Durian's devastating wind and rains last November. One partner, Christian Aid, is assisting 10,000 vulnerable families throughout the affected region to meet their basic needs for food and shelter while helping them take steps toward long-term recovery. The National Council of Churches in the Philippines, another ACT partner, is helping 4,500 people with immediate relief as well as providing them with tools for the future such as education and training.
United Methodists made an important commitment in 2004 to raise $8 million by 2008 through the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund. This fund stands for the commitment of every United Methodist to put a stop to HIV/AIDS in our world. The $8 million represents a $1 commitment of every United Methodist in the United States. It supports education, prevention, care, and treatment programs for people living with HIV/AIDS.
One annual conference has almost doubled their commitment to the Fund. The Kansas East Conference has raised nearly $2 for each member towards combating AIDS. These funds will support AIDS treatment programs in Africa, helping people in areas where AIDS is quickly wiping out entire generations. How far will you go to stem the tide of AIDS? Please give generously to the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund, UMCOR Advance #982345.
In the center of Johannesburg lies a refuge for the city's poor and refugees from neighboring Zimbabwe. The Central Methodist Mission has provided services such as preschool and child care, legal aid, literacy classes and free health care for the last 30 years.
The influx of Zimbabweans seeking new lives in South Africa has stretched the resources of the Mission. These refugees are especially vulnerable as few resources are available to them. The Mission works to fill that gap in resources. UMCOR is helping the Central Methodist Mission to continue and expand their ministry to Johannesburg's most vulnerable residents. When you give to UMCOR Advance #982540, Global Refugee Response, you support life giving programs such as these.
It's not too late to order your copy of UMCOR's 2007 calendar, Questions of Crisis: Answers of Hope. The calendar features three photos each month as well as a compelling story about how UMCOR programs answer people in crisis with words of hope. Buy your calendar today at www.umcorcalendar.org, or by calling 800-682-1789. Calendars are $8.50 plus shipping and handling.
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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