The UMCOR Hotline
July 24, 2007
In Today's Hotline:
Renewed fighting in June in addition to the already-dire circumstances in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank has left many residents in these areas especially vulnerable. UMCOR partners through Action by Churches Together are helping a total of 9,500 families with purchasing food and other basic necessities. Health centers in both regions are also receiving additional staff and supplies to ensure basic health needs are met.
This summer has wrought many disasters throughout the US—floods in Texas and Kansas, tornadoes in the Midwest, and unprecedented wildfires in western states. UMCOR's disaster response network is hard at work, providing support for affected annual conferences.
UMCOR needs your help to ensure this kind of support continues to be readily available. UMCOR has responded to 28 domestic emergencies in 24 annual conferences since September 2006. The many emergencies over the past months have depleted UMCOR's funds for domestic disasters. Please give to UMCOR Advance # 901670, Domestic Disaster Response, to support UMCOR's work.
The gift of goats is bringing hope to 650 vulnerable families in the Wardak and Kabul provinces of Afghanistan. All of these families are struggling to reestablish themselves in Afghanistan after years of living as refugees in Pakistan and Iran. The goats UMCOR provides will give the families needed milk and wool. The excess can be sold to supplement their incomes. This is just one way UMCOR is helping those returning to Afghanistan after years of war to reestablish their lives and livelihoods.
"I want to be a doctor." "I want to be a teacher." "I want to be president." These are the hopes of children sitting on rough-hewn benches in open sided school rooms in Yei, South Sudan. They have survived war and refugee camps in nearby Uganda. Now they are in school and dreaming of a new future.
UMCOR has provided these children with school kits through UMCOR Sager Brown and is giving their teachers training to improve their education. Soon, many of these children will be in better classrooms—UMCOR is constructing permanent classrooms that will be better equipped for young minds to learn and grow.
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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