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The UMCOR Hotline

October 09, 2007

In Today's Hotline:

Red Arrow-giftSouth Africa: UMCOR Helps Central Methodist Mission

Red Arrow-giftLiberia: Farmers Catch the Buzz

Red Arrow-gift Worldwide: Stand Up an Speak Out

Red Arrow-giftResources: Darfur DVD

SOUTH AFRICA: UMCOR HELPS CENTRAL METHODIST MISSION

UMCOR continues to support the Central Methodist Mission Ray of Hope ministry in Johannesburg, South Africa by helping approximately 1000 asylum seekers and refugees—mainly from Zimbabwe. UMCOR will help with basic services, food, medical and material support as they settle into permanent homes.

UMCOR is helping to provide temporary accommodations until permanent shelter becomes available and while the people stabilize their political and economic status. The program will provide food, diapers, clothes, and other basic care supplies for infants whose mothers have no financial resources. Medical services will be offered to help those in need and the program will also cover the cost of expensive prescriptions.

According to Central Methodist Mission, about 22 residents arrive each day and two to three dozen infants stay there at any one given time. Accommodating the growing number of refugees daily is placing a strain on its available resources and supplies. Help Central Methodist Mission provide the love and care to people in need by giving to Zimbabwe Emergency, UMCOR Advance # 199456.Online Giving

LIBERIA: FARMERS CATCH THE BUZZ

Beekeeping in Liberia is the leading income generating activity for farmers in Ganta, Liberia—bringing in about $7,650 into the economy. Since 2003 farmers have relied upon UMCOR’s Sustainable Agriculture and Development (SA&D) training programs for their livelihood. The pay-off—both exceptional and rewarding—has encouraged other farmers to invest in beekeeping for their families.

There are currently 301 beehives owned by 75 men and women farmers in Ganta in the SA&D program. Of the 301 beehives an additional 150 hives were harvested between the March-June 2007 season. Farmers yielded about 600 gallons of honey—an average of four gallons per hive. Farmers sell over 85 percent of the honey harvested to supplement their incomes—the balance is consumed by the farmers’ families.

Programs like this transform poor communities into blooming ones and results like these are catching on fast as more farmers join the program. Keep the farmers in honey by giving gifts to the Sustainable Agriculture and Development program, UMCOR Advance #982188.Online Giving

WORLDWIDE: STAND UP AND SPEAK OUT

On Oct. 17 join UMCOR and Bread for the World, a national Christian movement that seeks justice for the world's hungry people, in an UN Millennium Campaign—Stand Up and Speak Out. The campaign is a united front of individuals taking a stand against global poverty, hunger and equality. United Methodists are encouraged to get their church community involved on this important day.

Last year, 23.5 million people broke a world record and stood in unity against hunger. It was the largest coordinated mobilization effort in history. The Campaign was a stand to remind world leaders, whose countries had signed on to the UN Millennium Development Goals, to keep their promises about ending world hunger. Strengthen the collective voice this year and be among the counted to speak out for the 1.1 billion people who live on less than $1 a day.

Use these resources to help you organize your church or community group to take part in this historic 2007 event and click here for information about World Food Day observed on October 16. Gifts can also be made to World Hunger/Poverty, UMCOR Advance #982920.Online Giving

RESOURCES: DARFUR DVD

UMCOR's latest DVD resource, Gifts of Hope: UMCOR in Darfur, tells how lives are being changed through UMCOR's programs there. The DVD contains one- and five-minute films as wells a slide show and bulletin insert that can be copied and shared. Order your free Gifts of Hope DVD today by sending an email to umcor@gbgm-umc.org or by calling #800-554-8583.

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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