The UMCOR Hotline
April 24, 2007
In Today's Hotline:
The Virginia Annual Conference is reaching out to the Virginia Tech community to provide comfort, healing and hope for the days ahead. In addition to an UMCOR-sponsored television ad that offers a message of hope to those affected, the Virginia Annual Conference is providing a myriad of resources for pastors and lay people facing this unimaginable tragedy that occurred April 16 on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va. Resources include prayers and litanies that can be used in special worship services to practical guides for identifying and dealing with trauma. You can find out more at the Virginia Annual Conference website.
UMCOR's partner Equal Exchange reaches out to small coffee farmers, like the 1,073 members of Farmers' Hands in Guatemala. Most of these farmers own less than 2.5 acres each and were unable to compete in the coffee market alone. Each year they struggled just to survive. These farmers formed seven cooperatives and through Farmers' Hands they have better market alternatives and can sell their coffee for a fair price.
Buying fairly traded goods such as coffee, tea, chocolate and hot cocoa through Equal Exchange ensures that the farmers that produced these goods benefit from the sale. Learn more about fair trade on the UMCOR's Fair Trade web page. World Fair Trade Day is coming up on May 12. Use this as an opportunity to learn more about fair trade to support small farmer co-ops and what your church and community can do to help these farmers who make the products you enjoy.
"Water is life here," said one UMCOR worker of the importance of UMCOR's water projects in South Darfur, Sudan. UMCOR is rehabilitating water points that have been rendered unusable for a variety of reasons. In the next few years, some 250,000 Sudanese will have better access to water and sanitation through UMCOR's projects.
Access to water has become increasingly important in areas where tens of thousands of people have fled seeking safety, taxing the already fragile water system in now-overpopulated areas.
Learn more about what UMCOR is doing to increase access to water and other UMCOR programs in Darfur through our latest report to donors, Water for Life in Sudan.
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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