The UMCOR Hotline
June 19, 2007
In Today's Hotline:
Flood buckets are en route from UMCOR Sager Brown, the relief supply depot, to North and Central Texas annual conference workers who are surveying flood damage in their communities. Hundreds of people were stranded on their rooftops as water rose after overnight rains swamped towns. One of the two United Methodist churches in Gainesville is serving as a shelter. UMCOR is in close contact with responders as the recovery unfolds. You can help with gifts to UMCOR Advance #901670, Domestic Disaster Response.
"Rawshan," a Kurdish word meaning enlightenment, invites vulnerable children to gather in safe space in villages throughout the Duhok region of Kurdistan and northern Iraq to learn photography, painting, drawing, and dramatic expression from mobile teaching teams. The activities help to counter the children's traumatic experiences of war and displacement. Some 400 children are benefiting in this program funded by a grant from UMCOR. Please help with your gifts to UMCOR Advance #982450, International Disaster Response.
Some children at Grace Children's Hospital, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, are in school for the first time—as they recover from injury or illness. Only 65% of Haitian children are enrolled in school, and fewer than 35% of those will complete sixth grade. Math, grammar, educational games and arts are among the courses offered. Your gifts can make a difference for these children. UMCOR Advance #418520, Grace Children's Hospital.
Here's a potpourri of resources for churches. Register now for the third annual Congregational Health Ministries Conference. Learn more about how churches can improve the health of clergy, congregation and community with other United Methodists in Wichita, Kan., September 23-26, 2007. UMCOR's education program for girls recognizes a reality in the heart of Africa—women are a key to recovery in the Democratic Republic of Congo. See how in this new bulletin insert. How do children prevail in the face of the AIDS pandemic? A reissue of "Generation of Hope" offers a three-minute version of the moving story of children in Zimbabwe who face life without their parents. Free from UMCOR. "Water for Life" is a bulletin insert detailing UMCOR's work in South Darfur building water stations. A generous grant from Ginghamsburg Church, Tipp City, Ohio, was key in the start-up of this new ministry.
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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