The UMCOR Hotline
July 03, 2007
In Today's Hotline:
Fire and flood continue to challenge disaster workers in the West and Southwest. Local United Methodist churches in the Lake Tahoe community are addressing the needs of residents displaced by the Angora fire, just now being brought into containment. Many of the displaced are service workers in the region and are without insurance. An UMCOR grant will assist with emergency shelter, food, clothing and transportation. In north Texas UMCOR is providing emergency funds to assist with temporary shelter, supplies, and expenses for scores of persons displaced in recent floods that killed five and damaged homes and roads in Gainesville, Valley View and Sherman. Continuous rains complicated the initial response. UMCOR urgently seeks your gifts to the US Domestic Disaster Response Advance, #901670, so that the church's response to these and future US disasters can be generous and timely.
One of the largest primary schools built in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, since the 2004 tsunami was dedicated June 30. Using United Methodist donations to the South Asia Advance, UMCOR constructed the state-of-the-art facility that is both earthquake-and flood-resistant, and furnished it with school kits for students and school equipment, educational materials, and sports and playground equipment. Terming the school "a significant contribution to the people," Banda Aceh officials said the new school and the previous building were like night and day. "The new building is like the day, which gives hope to students, teachers, and the people," they said. Read more about the school dedication in our online news pages. Your gifts to UMCOR Advance #982450, International Disaster Response, will assist in other similar projects overseas.
The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs was so impressed with UMCOR agriculture development programs in Pweto and Kamina on a recent visit that he surprised the Head of Mission with gifts of tractors and other farming tools. The tools will augment UMCOR's food security programs in these territories of Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of Congo. Besides two tractors and accessories, the gifts included 2,000 machetes, 2,000 axes, and 1,000 hoes. You can make a difference in the DRC with your gifts to DRC Emergency, UMCOR Advance #198400.
Jeffrey, a 13-year-old in a barrio on the outskirts of Santiago, Dominican Republic, eagerly awaits the weekly visits of his community rehabilitation worker. Plagued with developmental difficulties that left him with the mental capacity of a child ten years younger, Jeffrey has flourished with his new at-home training. He no longer hides when visitors come to the house, and asks permission before joining playmates. UMCOR partners with International Child Care to offer the program that lets Jeffrey and children like him develop their full potential in a community whose public schools are not equipped to accept them. You can help in a meaningful way through your gifts to UMCOR Advance #410215, Community Health and Rehabilitation.
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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