The UMCOR Hotline
In Today's Hotline:
US: Mississippi Tornado Response
AFRICA: Bringing Relief to Kenya
JFON: Helping People Know Their Rights
UMCOR: One Great Hour of Sharing—March 2, 2008
US: MISSISSIPPI TORNADO RESPONSE
UMCOR is assisting the people of Caledonia, Mississippi in response to a tornado that tore into the community on Jan. 10. UMCOR has issued an emergency grant for the Mississippi Annual Conference to help with initial needs.
The tornado caused extensive damage to the local high school and to the United Methodist Church and parsonage. The conference is sending their Early Response team to help the church and is making their initial assessments for the next steps in recovery.
Please lift up this town in your prayers. You can give to Domestic Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670.
AFRICA: BRINGING RELIEF TO KENYA
UMCOR is helping Church World Service in bringing relief to thousands of women and children displaced by the recent post-election violence in Kenya through the distribution of basic supplies.
Emergency assistance will go to the most affected groups in this conflict, especially those living in internally displaced camps. Mosquito nets, blankets, kitchen sets and hygiene products will be distributed to about 2,300 families for one month.
UMCOR is helping the East Africa Conference in their efforts to provide food and shelter to Kenyans who have fled to Uganda. Food, water and other necessities are also being directed to the Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology in Karen where many people are seeking refuge. Please pray and help by giving to Advance #982450, International Disaster Response
JFON: HELPING PEOPLE KNOW THEIR RIGHTS
Jones* had been struggling to meet his day-to-day needs by working at various small jobs. He sought help at a local Justice for Our Neighbors clinic where he learned that because of his asylum status, he was entitled to go to work immediately. There was no need for a work authorization document—as he originally believed. Jones was thrilled at the news.
This is just one of the many examples where immigrants and asylum seekers residing in the US may not be aware of their legal rights. UMCOR provides free legal clinics staffed with licensed attorneys through the JFON program. They help secure much-needed documentation, assure immigrants of their rights and govern their clients through the legal policies and processes.
Last year JFON served approximately 2,275 clients at over 200 clinics held in 19 cities across the nation—including clients held at resettlement centers in Dallas and Fort Worth. Click here to learn more about this program and give to UMCOR Advance #901285, Justice for Our Neighbors.
UMCOR: ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING—MARCH 2, 2008
Water brings hope to so many. UMCOR helps vulnerable people look forward with hope through programs that dig community wells in Afghanistan, Darfur and Sudan. One Great Hour of Sharing makes this important work possible.
The special offering, received every Lenten season, allows UMCOR to keep our promise to send 100 percent of your designated gifts to specific causes.
Share the goodness of life with those who hurt. When the offering plate comes to you this year, please give generously. Your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing reach out with UMCOR to be there and be hope. Order your One Great Hour of Sharing offering envelopes and other materials at 888-346-3862 and get more resources online.
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 undersection 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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*Jones is not his real name.