The UMCOR Hotline
August 21, 2007
In Today's Hotline:
Hurricane Dean tore through the Caribbean August 19-21. Jamaica and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula took the direct hit from Hurricane Dean after it had lashed the coastlines of Haiti, Belize and other Caribbean nations. This massive storm that struck Mexico as a rare category 5 hurricane weakened after crossing the Yucatan Peninsula, but may gain strength before it makes landfall again.
UMCOR is contacting partners in the region to determine its response. UMCOR provides assistance for long-term recovery that lasts months and sometimes years after a major storm like Hurricane Dean.
Please pray for those thousands who are affected by Hurricane Dean. Your gifts are imperative to UMCOR's response. Funds for UMCOR's response to 2007 hurricanes are low as this is the first major storm of the season. Please give generously to support UMCOR's work through Hurricanes 2007, UMCOR Advance #982511.
UMCOR is responding to the massive earthquake that leveled several cities in Peru Aug. 15 with offers of aid to the Methodist Church of Peru and a planned grant to Action by Churches Together, an international relief alliance.
"As Christians we know that our love of God is reflected in our love for our neighbor as for ourselves," writes Bishop Jorge Bravo-Caballero, of the Methodist Church in Peru. "A sign of that love in this situation is to give them all the help we can offer." The Methodist Church in Peru is organizing a shipment of relief supplies to meet the immediate needs of survivors as well as preparing for a long term response to help Southern Peru to make a full recovery. UMCOR is supporting them in this important effort.
You can join the effort by giving to International Disaster Response—Peru Earthquake, UMCOR Advance #982450. The online giving system does not allow for designations within an advance; however gifts to International Disaster Response will go to where assistance is most needed.
Immaculee was forced to flee her home in 1984 when war broke out in Congo. She finally found safety in a refugee camp in Tanzania. But life in the camp was extremely hard. She says, "We started a very hard life, crying every day."
It wasn't until 2004, 20 years after she began living in a refugee camp, that it was determined that Immaculee and her family should have the opportunity to find a permanent home. She was resettled in the US, where a network of churches in Syracuse, NY, helped Immaculee finally have a place to call home. They helped Immaculee and her husband to navigate the difficulties of finding housing, a job and independence in the US.
UMCOR helps resettle refugees in the US with your help. Give to New Hope for Newcomers, UMCOR Advance #901779 to support this program. You can learn more about being a sponsoring church here.
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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