The UMCOR Hotline
January 23, 2007
In Today's Hotline:
Mrs. Monica, of Kassa, Nigeria, got to work immediately after the week-long training she received through the United Methodist Community-Based Malaria Control Program. She eliminated items around her home that could harbor mosquitoes and taught her neighbors to do the same. Then she helped her community by paying for local children affected by malaria to receive treatment and encouraged pregnant women to be tested as well.
Mrs. Monica is just one of thousands who are benefiting from the Community-Based Malaria Control Program. It is working to create a culture of malaria prevention, educating people most at risk about basic measures they can take to prevent malaria. Armed with the right information people can fight malaria by using treated bed nets, ridding the areas around their homes of stagnant water and reducing the mosquito population. Help combat malaria throughout Africa by giving generously to Malaria Control, UMCOR Advance #982009.
UMCOR continues to assist Action by Churches Together partner organizations in their efforts to help people in Lebanon recover from bombings over the summer. ACT partner programs are helping a community near the Israeli border that was particularly hard-hit to remove debris and ensure that the community is safe for the residents to return. They are helping people return earlier than expected by providing families with heaters, blankets and other necessary items.
In other areas, ACT partners are meeting basic needs like food and shelter while helping people gain the skills and materials they need to develop a livelihood. Psychosocial programs are helping children cope with their losses as well. Your gifts to Middle East Emergency, UMCOR Advance #601740, provide for these and many other programs throughout this war-torn region.
The Rev. Peggy Johnson, pastor of Christ United Methodist Church of the Deaf and several parishioners will appear in the upcoming PBS documentary, History Through Deaf Eyes. The two-hour documentary covers nearly two centuries of American history. History Through Deaf Eyes will be nationally broadcast on March 21, check your local listings for times. United Methodist Deaf Ministry is an important part of United Methodist work and outreach. You can support this program by giving to UMCOR Advance #982562, Deaf Ministry.
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 800-672-1789. 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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