The UMCOR Hotline
March 06, 2007
In Today's Hotline:
UMCOR is there as communities in Enterprise, Alabama and Americus, Georgia pick up the pieces following last week's tornadoes. UMCOR has sent emergency grants to both annual conferences and provided additional support as they make their recovery plans.
UMCOR consultant, Barbara Tripp will be helping the United Methodists of Enterprise formulate their long term response plan. While the tornado caused significant damage in the areas it touched down, the real sense of loss is that of the eight high school students who were killed when the tornado hit their school, according to Rev. Tom Hazelwood, UMCOR disaster response executive. You can help UMCOR respond to this and other disasters that strike the US by giving to Domestic Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670
Every year United Methodist youth groups participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring on Super Bowl Sunday. Some 2,665 United Methodist groups participated in the event this year, collecting $935,478.48--$200,000 more than they collected in 2006. The funds go to local charities that fight hunger and to support World Hunger and Poverty programs. You can give to support UMCOR's programs that fight hunger and poverty by giving to UMCOR Advance #982920, World Hunger and Poverty.
More than 250,000 people have been displaced by flooding in Mozambique, according to the United Methodist Church of Mozambique. Their needs are great as most survivors have lost everything from the deluge of rain they have received over the last month. Roads are cut off by flood water, fallen trees, and mud slides. UMCOR is assisting the United Methodist Church in Mozambique in their response as well as working with Action by Churches Together partner agencies in the country. "Your prayers and answers of hope will be much appreciated in this moment of our darkest and desperate situation," said Bishop Joao Somane Machado to the United Methodist News Service in a recent interview.
UMCOR's brand new DVD features short highlights that are suitable for a mission moment during worship. They are especially applicable to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering coming up on March 18. See the church's response to the hurricanes of 2005, our work to alleviate hunger and poverty, and our services to immigrants and asylum seekers. Order your free DVD today by calling 1-800-554-8583 or sending an email request to firstname.lastname@example.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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