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The UMCOR Hotline

May 01, 2007

In Today's Hotline:

Red Arrow-giftUS: UMCOR Sager Brown Marks 140 Years of Service

Red Arrow-gift South Asia: Tsunami Recovery Continues

Red Arrow-giftUS: UMCOR Responds in Colorado, Texas, Mexico

Red Arrow-giftResources: Fair Trade and Malaria

US: UMCOR SAGER BROWN MARKS 140 YEARS OF SERVICE

Former students and residents of Sager Brown Home and Godman School, together with staff, guests and church officials, shared fond memories during an April 21 open house celebrating 140 years of ministry on the Sager Brown campus. Participants praised the ministry that now reaches around the world through distribution of relief supplies. Supply distribution is the most recent use of the campus. You can join in the ongoing celebration with your gifts to UMCOR Advance # 901440. Or print out a special greeting card for depot staff to send with your supplies. You can also write a reflection of what Sager Brown means to you. Read more and find the card and essay in the special web pages created for the celebration Online Giving

SOUTH ASIA: TSUNAMI RECOVERY CONTINUES

Economically vulnerable Sri Lankans and residents of Banda Aceh who are still finding their footing after the 2004 tsunami are among those to receive aid worth millions of dollars. UMCOR's Board of directors on April 24 approved a total of $6.8 million for comprehensive programs of shelter, livelihood, and capacity building. The grants came from gifts received for the South Asia Emergency Advance 274305. "It's not only about what we're doing for individual families but how our service will strengthen their sense of community," Bishop Edward W. Paup, UMCOR President, told directors. Other grants were also approved. Read more...

US: UMCOR RESPONDS IN COLORADO, TEXAS, MEXICO

UMCOR is providing a grant to respond to immediate needs after a tornado damaged homes and buildings in the Holly, CO, area. United Methodists there offered their fellowship hall as a site for disaster child care. In Eagle Pass, TX, and nearby border communities of Mexico, UMCOR workers are still evaluating damages and needs following severe tornadoes there. Please pray for the survivors of these disasters and consider a gift of support to UMCOR Advance #901670, Domestic Disaster Response. Online Giving

RESOURCES: FAIR TRADE AND MALARIA

Two new resources are available for you to use in worship, church school or other venues. Fair Trade Day is May 12. A bulletin insert will help you interpret how for many farmers and artisans, being able to sell into the fair trade market means the difference between feeding their family or not, sending their children to school or not, or having many other basic necessities. Get this insert here. United Methodists are joining with others to make malaria history. The Make Malaria History campaign represents the spectrum of efforts United Methodists are supporting to eradicate this preventable and curable disease that kills at least a million people every year. Find out more, plus get a tool kit and bulletin inserts here. Gifts to UMCOR Advance #982920, World Hunger/Poverty, will support fair trade Online Giving. Gifts to UMCOR Advance #982009 will support United Methodist malaria control efforts in Africa. Online Giving

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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