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  • January 08, 2008

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

Red Arrow-giftKENYA: UMCOR Offers Relief

Red Arrow-giftSIERRA LEONE: Medicine in Need

Red Arrow-giftWORLDWIDE: Souper Bowl of Caring

Red Arrow-giftRESOURCES: UMCOR'S Calendar-It's Not Too Late


Violence throughout Kenya following disputed elections at the end of 2007 has displaced thousands and killed hundreds of people. UMCOR is working with the East Africa Annual Conference, United Methodist missionaries and others to bring needed supplies and assistance to affected areas.

Please pray for those affected by the outbreak of violence. Gifts to UMCOR Advance #982450, International Disaster Response - Kenya, will help those in need. Online Giving


With approximately 500,000 patient visits a year—UMCOR-supported Kissy UMC General Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone—rely heavily on the arrival of medicine boxes.

The Medicine 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. Send your gifts to UMCOR Advance #982630, Medicine Box. Online Giving


On Sunday, Feb. 3 many sports fans will be stationed in front of the television to enjoy the most celebrated event of our time—the Super Bowl. But on that day, volunteers for the Souper Bowl of Caring will head the line-up in an event to fight hunger.

The Souper Bowl of Caring is a youth-led event where thousands of youth from churches across the country will join in the fight against hunger and poverty right in their community. United Methodists are encouraged to participate by collecting canned goods and making donations through your local church offerings.

It’s as simple as holding soup pots at church doors following service and asking worshippers to drop in their donation to help people who are hungry. Each participating church donates 100% of their collection to the charity of their choice. Register early at and direct part of the gifts collected to World Hunger/Poverty program, UMCOR Advance #982920.


It’s not too late to order UMCOR’s “Hands of Hope” 2008 calendar for someone you care about. This practical and inspiring gift details UMCOR’s work and ministry in 81 countries. The Calendar expresses the power of hope and journals the lives of those reached by UMCOR through its rich photography. Give a gift that inspires change and connects someone to the heart of our life-saving work around the globe.

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit 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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