The UMCOR Hotline
May 22, 2007
In Today's Hotline:
UMCOR is assisting International Blue Crescent in reconstructing 19 villages after the 2005 earthquake decimated the area. The project will send five teams trained in earthquake-safe construction techniques to these villages where they will help them rebuild their communities. The program includes male and female social mobilizers to provide additional community support.
UMCOR was able to respond to this need and many others following the earthquake in Pakistan because of the generosity of United Methodists and others. Gifts to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450, will help UMCOR to respond to future disasters.
An ongoing drought due to insufficient rainfall over the last four years has contributed to a downward spiral in the quality of life for many in Swaziland. UMCOR is assisting the Methodist Church of Southern Africa as they provide food and basic medical care through local schools. The program will reach approximately 27,000 people with much-needed assistance.
June 5 is the sixth annual National Hunger Awareness Day. In 2005, 37 million people were in poverty and an estimated 12.4 million children lived in food insecure households in the U.S. Hunger is a real issue in the US and abroad. Take time to learn more about the causes of hunger and organize a hunger awareness event at your church. UMCOR's World Hunger and Poverty program seeks to address the root causes of hunger and supports programs that give people a secure and sustainable food source. Please join fellow United Methodists at the National Gathering on Hunger June 9-12 in Washington, D.C. For more information please click here.
Generation of Hope is an inspiring film about ministry to children orphaned by AIDS. UMCOR has reedited the film so that a shorter version is available to make it more convenient to show in worship or other gatherings. Also on the DVD are resources to promote awareness about what United Methodists are doing in the face of this crisis, including information about the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund. The fund goal is $1.00 for each United Methodist in the United States—or $8 million for education, prevention, care, and treatment programs for people living with HIV/AIDS.
You can order online or call 1-800-554-8583 to order the New Generation of Hope DVD, available free of charge.
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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