The UMCOR Hotline
February 13, 2007
In Today's Hotline:
UMCOR is working with SHADE (Sojourner: Help, Advocacy, Development, Education), a ministry of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa that addresses issues of hunger and poor nutrition among women with HIV/AIDS, their children and orphans. SHADE provides feeding centers, food distribution as well as nutrition classes and help for agricultural projects.
Jakarta, Indonesia's capital city, is suffering from torrential rains and flooding that has left nearly 300,000 people in need of emergency assistance. UMCOR is assisting Action by Churches Together members already working in the area to provide relief supplies, shelter, food, and medical care to some 20,000 survivors. Your gifts to UMCOR Advance #982450, International Disaster Response, help UMCOR to respond to this and many other disasters throughout the world.
The HIV/AIDS and Malaria Team is an important part of the United Methodist Church of Cameroon's ministry. This team travels to rural areas and conducts workshops teaching people how they can prevent malaria through some basic measures like cleaning up standing water, wearing long sleeves and using mosquito nets at night. In each village the team walks down streets and knocks on doors to invite people to their workshops. They seek out those most vulnerable to malaria: pregnant women and young children and ensure they have mosquito nets to keep them protected.
This is but one program of many that are part of the United Methodist Community-Based Malaria Control Program. This holistic program is saving lives throughout Africa. Your contributions to Malaria Control, UMCOR Advance #982009, will further this effort.
Two years after the tsunami thousands still live in temporary shelters with no way to earn a living. UMCOR has been working with Agricultural Missions International to help survivors in India and Sri Lanka where the poor are often locked out of relief and reconstruction assistance. During the first year Agricultural Missions reached more than 30,000 people in India alone. This is just one way your generous gifts in response to the tsunami are helping some of the world's most vulnerable people.
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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