The UMCOR Hotline
April 10, 2007
In Today's Hotline:
UMCOR partner Action by Churches Together continues to assess the situation in the Solomon Islands to determine the best way to provide immediate and long-term relief for the thousands left homeless by this disaster. The remote locations of the areas most in need pose serious challenges in responding to the disaster. UMCOR will provide assistance to any relief effort provided by our partners through ACT.
UMCOR helped support an emergency food distribution and other relief efforts in Mozambique that gave needed assistance to thousands left homeless after a late February cyclone and flooding rains. "Thanks for food, for your heart of comfort and compassion as you share your resources with us," the Rev. Ana Maria Francisco, district superintendent said to a United Methodist New Service reporter.
"This Medicine Box will serve many people who would not be able to get medicine otherwise," said a Medicine Box recipient in Angola. A Medicine Box contains 18 essential drugs and medical supplies-enough to treat illnesses and injuries in a population of 1,000 for three months. Medicine Boxes have proven to be of critical value from urban hospitals to rural and community health centers.
April 25 is Africa Malaria Day. It's a day to remember the approximately 1 million people who are killed by this preventable disease each year. It's also a day to take action to put an end to malaria. United Methodists are doing much to stem the tide. You can be involved through the Make Malaria History campaign which offers a variety of ways to be a part pf this effort to eradicate malaria through education, community training, testing, medication, and mosquito nets. Learn more through UMCOR's latest bulletin insert, Make Malaria History.
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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