The UMCOR Hotline
January 30, 2007
In Today's Hotline:
In Afghanistan, where vast numbers lack even basic shelter and electricity, winter can be a deadly season. In Paktya and Wardak Provinces families will have an easier time this year thanks to UMCOR Afghanistan's winterization program. The program seeks the most vulnerable families in areas where UMCOR serves and provides them with blankets, a stove, and firewood to fuel the stove. During last year's winterization program one grandfather told UMCOR workers, "these packages provided by UMCOR saved our lives."
As long as landmines litter the Angolan countryside, life is on hold. This war-torn country is thought to be the most heavily mined in the world. Landmines steal limbs, lives, and livelihoods. They prevent people displaced by war from returning to their villages, keep children from going to school, and prevent farmers from safely planting their fields. They put life on hold.
UMCOR is using lessons learned from its de-mining work in Mozambique to help the Angolan government train its own de-mining teams. This program teaches Angolans how to safely identify and remove mines. UMCOR is also teaching mine awareness to prevent further fatalities from these hidden explosives. Help UMCOR in this effort by giving to Landmine Removal, UMCOR Advance #982575.
The Souper Bowl of Caring is a simple but significant youth- and young-adult-led effort to fight hunger and poverty. The Souper Bowl of Caring encourages people to give one dollar and/or a canned food item as they leave worship on February 4, Super Bowl Sunday. All collections are sent by the youth to the kitchen, food bank, or other hunger organization of their choice. In addition, the youths are encouraged to participate in a "Service Blitz," in which they volunteer at a local food bank or charity in their neighborhood.
Over 2,800 United Methodist Churches are registered to participate in this year's event. Last year United Methodists raised nearly $746,000 to help our hungry and hurting neighbors both locally and around the world. This year, United Methodists want to double their giving with a goal of $1.4 million. United Methodist Churches are encouraged to give a portion of the collected offerings to a local charity and UMCOR's World Hunger/Poverty Advance #982920.
Get involved and make this goal a reality! Learn more at www.souperbowl.org.
Life during the South Sudan war in Theresa William Peter's memory is a series of no's. No school. No health service. No work. No money. No home. Theresa spoke from Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, where she fled from the violence that finally ended with a peace agreement in 2005.
Eventually Theresa would like to return to her home in South Sudan. Today an $800,000 US government grant to UMCOR, combined with $200,000 from United Methodist gifts, is reopening long shuttered schools there. Learn more about Theresa's story and how UMCOR is helping children prepare for their future through improved schools through UMCOR's latest church bulletin insert. You can give to this important work through UMCOR Advance #184385, Sudan Emergency.
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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