The UMCOR Hotline
September 18, 2007
In Today's Hotline:
UMCOR is responding with initial emergency grants for both the Louisiana and Texas Annual Conferences affected by Hurricane Humberto which struck the Texas-Louisiana border on Thursday, Sept. 13.
What began as a tropical storm, Hurricane Humberto strengthened with intensity into an 85 mile-per-hour hurricane—the fastest transformation on record according to forecasters. Thousands of homes were damaged in the same area that was struck by Hurricane Rita in 2005. Approximately 100,000 people are without electrical power. In Southwest Louisiana increasing floods are feared to cause further damage. UMCOR remains in contact with both conferences as damage assessments are being made.
UMCOR continues to support Action by Churches Together, an international relief alliance, to bring assistance to families affected by the massive earthquake that destroyed several cities in Peru on Aug.15.
One hundred temporary emergency shelters have been provided and families are actively constructing their own shelters using local materials. Food kits were distributed to 250 families and psychological care services are being given to 500 children through recreational activities which help the children cope with their trauma.
Please continue to give to the 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.
UMCOR is supporting the Mozambique Annual Conference in its efforts to sustain the work begun in its Cambine Vocational School and maintain the needed services of its current Agricultural Coordinator.
The Conference runs boarding hostels for men and women who are studying agriculture and learning how to produce vegetables, field crops and raise chickens, pigs and cows. The school also equips future pastors with a Seminary education where in their first year of study, they take a hands-on agriculture course to learn how to work the fields and produce food. The program also helps to improve the nutrition of children in the Carolyn Belsche Orphanage, which is a home to 50 orphans of war or of parents who died of HIV/AIDS.
Future plans for the school are to hire more teachers and increase field production. Please support the agricultural training and the work of the Mozambique Annual Conference that is providing a livelihood and a bright future to many. Give to UMCOR Advance #101250 All Africa Drought/Famine.
World Food Day is Tuesday October 16. It is a worldwide event designed to increase awareness, bring understanding and encourage year-around action to alleviate hunger. United Methodists are encouraged to observe this important day as foreign aid for agriculture continues to decline.
An estimated 854 million people around the world remain undernourished. One way UMCOR is answering this need is through its support for the Foods Resource Bank. FRB is an ecumenical organization where US farmers designate acreage for growing projects. Communities pool their resources to cover the cost of production and then the proceeds from the crop are used to help eliminate hunger overseas through UMCOR and other denominational agencies.
Help put an end to world hunger by supporting agricultural educational programs such as this. Download the most recent World Food Day Church bulletin insert. Click here to visit the Foods Resource Bank website.
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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