The UMCOR Hotline
July 17, 2007
In Today's Hotline:
US: Texas Volunteers Pick Up Unexpected Supplies
Chad: UMCOR Continues to Serve Sudanese Refugees in Chad
Fair Trade: Good Coffee Partner Earns Recognition
Young Humanitarians: UMCOR's Sudan Work Receives Proceeds
Joining many other United Methodist churches, mission team members from Lake Cities UMC in Texas delivered relief kit supplies to UMCOR Sager Brown when they traveled to Baldwin, La., for a June mission trip. What made this trip unusual is that they actually returned home with supplies for their own North Texas conference, deluged with weeks of rain and flooding in the area around Gainesville. Team member John Taylor was amazed. "Lake Cities Church had donated materials," he said, "so we took about six flood buckets with us to the Depot - then we came back with 200!" North Texas is one of several conferences where floods or other severe storms have challenged UMCOR volunteers, workers and funding. A newly revised bulletin insert, "Eye of the Storm," describes UMCOR's domestic disaster response ministry. Please consider distributing it in coming weeks as UMCOR seeks to replenish domestic disaster funds. Your gifts to UMCOR Advance #901670, Domestic Disaster Response, are critical to our being able to support long-term recovery in the US.
A grant from UMCOR is going toward health services, wells, community services and shelter for 35,000 of the most vulnerable Sudanese refugees living in camps along the Chad-Sudan border. In Chad, the population of displaced persons has nearly tripled in three years to about 200,000. Most are refugees from Darfur in Sudan; some are Chadians caught up in spillover conflict. Through its partnership with Action by Churches Together, an international aid alliance, UMCOR has supported work with displaced Sudanese in Chad since 2004. In a corresponding program, anti-malaria nets will be delivered to camps in the region by the United Nations in the cooperative program "Nothing But Nets." UMCOR relies on gifts to UMCOR Advance #982450, International Disaster Response, to meet these needs.
Equal Exchange, a partner of UMCOR in fair trade products and development, was the cover story for the March-April 2007 Cooperative Business Journal, a publication of the National Cooperative Business Association. Equal Exchange co-founder Rink Dickinson told the CBJ reporter, "We've grown (our faith-based following) through partnerships with groups like Lutheran World Relief and United Methodist Committee on Relief that are based on shared principals." UMCOR's carries out its program "Good Coffee for a Good Cause" in cooperation with Equal Exchange. "We represent a model of how our churches.can get involved in international issues," said Mr. Dickinson. "This is because of Equal Exchange's mission, its cooperative structure and its work with co-ops around the world." You can read more in a download friendly brochure—and also find links for ordering fair trade coffee, tea, and other delicious products. The proceeds from our partnership, as well as from UMCOR Advance #982920, World Hunger and Poverty, support programs combating global want.
"Banding Together for Darfur," the graduation project of Michael Simmons, a Moyock, NC, high school senior, resulted in a check to UMCOR for over $6,300-and Michael says he's a different person because of the project. "This is the first time I've put in this much effort for somebody else," Michael told a reporter for the Virginian-Pilot. He spoke to civic and faith groups, placed collection jars in local businesses, and topped off the project with the "Banding Together" concert in May. He selected UMCOR because in his research he learned about our promise to give 100 percent of designated donations entirely to specific causes. We're profoundly grateful for Michael's generosity. You can join him in your own gift to UMCOR Advance #184385, Sudan Emergency.
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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