The UMCOR Hotline
May 29, 2007
In Today's Hotline:
"I was sick and unhappy, without any hope for the future," says Rugiya, one of the thousands of internally displaced people in Azerbaijan that UMCOR helps. "Now I am healthy and have the strength to make my own future and my family is happy."
Rugiya was suffering with health problems at her low paying factory job. Through a US Department of State program she received free medication that restored her health. However, the doctors told Rugiya that she needed to work in a healthier environment. UMCOR included her in their job skills training program for internally displaced and institutionalized people. After she completed hairdressing training, Rugiya started her own business. Now she is healthier and earning more income to support her family.
The community of Greensburg, Kansas and the county surrounding it are hard at work recovering from the deadly tornado that struck the area in early May. More than 500 homes were destroyed by the twister, and now the clean up process is well under way. UMCOR continues to provide support to the area as they continue the long process of recovery.
If you would like to volunteer to help in the clean-up and reconstruction please contact your jurisdictional and conference coordinators. Their contact information is available online. You can also help by giving to Midwest Tornado Emergencies, UMCOR Advance #901680.
At the end of 2006 there were 12 million refugees in the world, according to the World Refugee Survey. Nearly 8 million of them had lived in refugee camps for at least 5 years. These are the staggering statistics facing a large number of people in our world.
Each year on World Refugee Day people everywhere remember and reflect on the challenges and hopes that accompany refugees in their search for a new home through voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement.
UMCOR encourages congregations to observe World Refugee Day on June 20 or a day close to that date. You can print and dowload the World Refugee Day bulletin insert as a resource for this event.
The Atlantic 2007 storm season officially begins June 1 even as much of Gulf Coast continues to recover from the 2005 hurricanes. The national weather service predicts another active hurricane season. If you live in an area prone to hurricanes check local resources to see how you should be prepared. And you can help UMCOR prepare for the 2007 hurricane season by giving to UMCOR Advance #982511, Hurricanes 2007 so we are ready to respond immediately if and when a hurricane strikes.
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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