The UMCOR Hotline
December 18, 2007
In Today's Hotline:
All over the world there is an increasing demand for basic and essential supplies to be delivered to help those most in need. But without the means to ship supplies to their destination, they are of no use.
Medicines, food, hygiene kits, clothing, and soap can help meet the daily needs of survivors of a natural disaster, economic crisis, or conflict of war. Help us move these supplies to the people who need them most by helping us with the cost of shipping. It costs an estimated $6,700 to ship a 40-foot container of goods from Sager Brown, the United Methodist Relief Supply Depot, in Baldwin, La., to its final destination overseas.
Since the war ended, the Liberia Annual Conference has found it difficult to offer needed resources–especially medication to provide basic health care to the 1 million people living throughout the country. Medications purchased locally are expensive. It was therefore a blessing for them to receive 10 medicine boxes donated by UMCOR.
UMCOR wants to continue hearing testimonies like this one, but we need your help. UMCOR has depleted its stock of Medicine Boxes. Help us replenish supplies immediately to deliver life saving medicines to places like Liberia that need it the most.
The Medicine Box helps the day-to-day treatment of common ailments that plague babies and their mothers, children, and adults. The Box contains 18 essential medicines and medical supplies that are enough to respond to illnesses and injuries in a population of 1,000 people for a period of three months. The cost of the Medicine Box is $425. Learn how your church or community group can be involved in this life saving program by visiting UMCOR's Medicine Box web page.
Moe Aung, his wife Naw and their three children fled their home in Burma for a five-year stay at a refugee camp in Thailand. They fled due to the government’s persecution of the Karen people—the Aungs’ ethnicity. Today the family lives free from fear thanks to refugee sponsors from Christ Church United Methodist in Louisville, Ky.
Bracing against the cold weather and carrying one bag of their personal belongings, the Aung family arrived in Kentucky. They appeared worn from the long trip to the US and from the life they recently fled. The Aungs did not speak English, but warm greetings by Wenda Webster Fischer, refugee ministry team leader of Christ Church, spoke volumes. The welcome helped melt away the hardship of their long journey.
Welcoming newcomers is our task as a church. Refugees like the Aung family need our guidance, friendship, a sense of belonging and support from a sponsoring congregation. You can help refugees feel welcome by giving to New Hope to Newcomers, UMCOR Advance #901779.
Why not avoid the long lines and crowded malls this year and stop by UMCOR’s New Gift Catalog? Give a gift that changes the world without having to wait.
UMCOR’s Gift Catalog is filled with alternative gift suggestions that reflect the many programs and projects that UMCOR supports around the world. Consider a gift of education for girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo, or provide medicine for children in Georgia suffering with epilepsy. A ribbon cannot be tied around this type of gift, but it does tie around someone’s heart.
Each dollar amount in the catalog represents what your gifts could buy and determines the approximate cost of each item for that region. 100 percent of donations will go to the designated program. Visit the Gift Catalog now and give a gift that matters.
Please note that the UMCOR Hotline schedule will be interrupted during the Christmas and New Year holidays. There will be no UMCOR Hotline on December 25. The UMCOR Hotline will return on Wednesday January 2 and every Tuesday after that.
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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