The UMCOR Hotline
January 16, 2007
In Today's Hotline:
UMCOR continues to help people in Central America recover what they lost in 2005 from Hurricane Stan and subsequent storms. One of UMCOR's partners in the region, Rights Action, is providing for immediate needs for families left homeless and jobless from the storm-triggered mudslides in the region. The organization is also helping them move towards a better, more stable future. Rights Action is working to rebuild, and in some cases relocate families, to foster healthy and safe living communities in the Guatemalan highlands.
UMCOR just sent 20 boxes to help six health institutions and three school clinics in Sierra Leone. These health facilities struggle to provide basic medicines to the people they serve. This shipment of Medicine Boxes will provide all nine clinics and health institutions enough supplies and medications to last an entire year.
Each Medicine Box contains 18 essential drugs and medical supplies. The box contents are sufficient to provide a community of about 1,000 people with basic medicines and supplies for three months. It provides necessary items for day-to-day treatment of common ailments that plague people of all ages, from infants to adults. To learn how your church or community group can be involved in this life saving program, visit UMCOR's Medicine Box web page.
It was a difficult New Year and holiday season for many families in Mandailing Natal District, North Sumatra Province, Indonesia. An earthquake on December 18, 2006 was followed by torrential rain and deadly landslides. Hundreds of homes were destroyed and about 6,000 people have been displaced, with families now crowded into temporary housing such as tents and public buildings. UMCOR's Indonesia office, in close partnership with the Methodist Church of Indonesia, responded by trucking in 15 tons of rice, the most important daily food for Indonesians. UMCOR's rice will be available to vulnerable families through 26 distribution posts and will feed about 2,500 people for 15 days. When you give to UMCOR Advance #982450, International Disaster Response, you help provide for important work such as this rice distribution in Indonesia.
United Methodists opera singer Courtenay Budd recently released a very special CD of lullabies, "Sleep is behind the Door" that will benefit disaster survivors. The initial idea to create the CD containing lullabies from around the world was to raise funds for UMCOR and other relief agencies in response to the Asian Tsunami, however by the time the CD was in its final stages, Hurricane Katrina blew through the Gulf Coast and Budd decided to help those suffering in the US as well, the artist told the Times-Herald in Newnan, Ga. You can order a copy of this CD at http://lullabiesfordisasterrelief.org.
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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