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The UMCOR Hotline

May 15, 2007

In Today's Hotline:

Red Arrow-giftUS: South Dakota Flood Response

Red Arrow-gift Armenia: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures

Red Arrow-giftJFON: A Family Reunited

Red Arrow-giftResources: UMCOR at a Glance


Extreme weather caused major flooding in South Dakota, particularly affecting the Aberdeen community. UMCOR is in contact with Bishop Kiesey's office in the Dakotas Annual Conference. The floodwaters will have to recede before the extent of the flood damage can be determined. One thousand flood buckets have already been delivered and UMCOR anticipates sending emergency funds to the region.

To help UMCOR's response to this and other emergencies in the US, please give to Domestic Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670. Online Giving


UMCOR Armenia is helping institutionalized children to have sufficient food through a food security program that serves four institutions. The program provides each of these institutions with items such as cows and beehives and trains staff and school children how to manage them. Staff members learn about nutrition and how to process the milk and honey into other products. The children involved in this process learn important skills that can help them in their future.

You can support life-sustaining programs such as this through UMCOR's work in Armenia by giving to Armenia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #250225. Online Giving


UMCOR's Justice for Our Neighbors Program helps people caught in the confusing maze of US immigration law to find their way. One JFON attorney recently helped a family be reunited. First, the father was granted asylum in the US, then his family was brought over to join him.

When they were going to see the attorney to file some additional paperwork their six year old daughter asked, "Daddy, where are we going?"
He told her, "We're going to go visit the lady who helped me bring you here."
She replied, "Daddy, please tell her: Thank you very much!"

Thousands of people have been able to rejoice in new futures and reunited families because of the JFON program. You can help, by giving to Justice for Our Neighbors, UMCOR Advance #901285. Online Giving


A new compact brochure, UMCOR at a Glance tells the UMCOR story with short paragraphs on history, strategy, mission, and humanitarian service around the globe. You can easily download this brochure and print it for your own use.

Use it in worship, church school, or mission fairs. UMCOR receives no World Service funds. Contributions to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering makes it possible for us to keep our promise to direct 100 percent of your designated gifts to the program you specify.

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit 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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