The UMCOR Hotline
February 27, 2007
In Today's Hotline:
The Freres Vocational School educates Haitians in all sorts of skills for work. Students can select classes in electricity, welding, plumbing, mechanics and graphic arts. An UMCOR grant to the Methodist Church of Haiti is providing scholarships for 32 students, teaching materials and tools, and office equipment. You can support this emphasis on training through your gifts to UMCOR Advance #418092, Freres Vocational School.
Truckers on the route between Delhi and Agra are participating in an HIV-AIDS awareness campaign conducted by the Methodist Public Health Centre of Mursan, India. In 2006 a similar program reached nearly 7,200 people with literature and counseling, and some 800 agreed to be tested for HIV. An UMCOR grant is supporting this unique campaign. Your gifts to UMCOR Advance #982345, Global AIDS Fund, will assist in a meaningful way.
Distribution of relief supplies depends on the generosity of donors to cover shipping costs. Sea freight, customs clearance, and transport to warehouses at the destination are some of the costs that must be covered so that people may receive these supplies. UMCORBeneficiaries in Yei, South Sudan, recently received life-giving health kits and school kits. Please replenish the shipping fund with your gift to UMCOR Advance #982730, Contain Your Joy.
Action by Churches Together partners, including UMCOR, are among the first responders to the emergency in Mozambique caused by flooding. UMCOR sent emergency grants to the United Methodist Church in Mozambique, as well as to ACT. Shelter materials, blankets and kitchen sets for 8,000 families is the initial intervention. Please pray for our sisters and brothers in Mozambique and consider a gift to UMCOR Advance #156500, Mozambique Emergency.
A "Litany of New Life" is the centerpiece for worship resources provided by UMCOR to help local congregations celebrate the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering March 18. The litany can be used to dedicate the gifts received in the offering. UMCOR is the recipient of offering proceeds, and uses them to fund its costs of doing business, allowing us to keep our promise that designated donations go entirely to specific causes. One Great Hour of Sharing resources, such as the litany, lectionary readings, a call to awareness, and suggested hymns are available online at umcor.org. Please be generous when the offering plate comes around!
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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