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  • February 12, 2008

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*US: UMCOR Responds to "Super Tuesday" Tornadoes

*AFRICA: An Airlift of Hope

*ISRAEL: Peace Building

*UMCOR: One Great Hour of Sharing

US: UMCOR RESPONDS TO "SUPER TUESDAY" TORNADOES

UMCOR is responding to devastating tornadoes that struck five southern states— Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee on Tuesday Feb. 5. Early response teams are helping in the massive debris cleanup and UMCOR is working with regional church partners to bring relief where it is needed most.

In a release issued by UMCOR on Feb. 7, Bishop Felton E. May, interim general secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries that includes UMCOR expressed, "I cannot possibly feel or understand everything that our sisters and brothers in the stricken areas are experiencing. We do want them to know that we care. Ways in which we demonstrate our caring are through our gifts to UMCOR, our presence, and our prayers."

The tornadoes, considered to be the worst outbreak in nearly 25 years, stormed through the southern states on “Super Tuesday”, the day of many state presidential primaries. Dozens of people were killed and many more injured or trapped under debris. Thousands of homes were destroyed. Please pray and give to Domestic Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670 and indicate “Super Tuesday Tornadoes” in your giving". Click the button to give now online

AFRICA: AN AIRLIFT OF HOPE

The medical supply storage areas of several hospitals in the Democratic Republic of Congo are now better stocked, thanks to the collaborative effort of several diverse organizations, including UMCOR, which served as the delivery agency. Medicines worth $14 million were delivered via airlift to Kinshasa on Feb. 2 and will aid hundreds of people in need.

Collaborators in the medical airlift were St. Paul’s School of Theology, Kansas City, Mo.; The United Methodist Church of North Katanga; US Department of Defense; Islamic Relief USA; United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR); and Interchurch Medical Assistance (IMA).

Since 1999, UMCOR has worked in the Katanga region of the DRC, an area heavily affected by warfare. Continue to support programs like these by giving to DRC Emergency, UMCOR Advance #198400. Click here to learn more about the airlift. Online Giving

ISRAEL: PEACE BUILDING

UMCOR is striving to promote peace among students of different faiths in Jerusalem. Through the Violence Prevention Plan for Schools, operated by the Jerusalem International YMCA, walls of indifference are beginning to break down.

The Violence Prevention Plan helps to strengthen the school environment for children of Christian and Muslim faiths as well as teachers and staff. The program increases awareness on issues such as security and interfaith acceptance and teaches non-violent alternatives in handling conflicts. Students learn to get along through a variety of interactive group activities that foster positive communication and listening skills. The students freely express their fears or concerns while learning how to engage in conflict resolution and work together in teams.

Your gifts can help children of all faiths identify with one another and promote healthier and safer school environments. Please give to UMCOR Advance #601740, Middle East Emergency. Online Giving

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING

One Great Hour of Sharing makes all of the other UMCOR programs possible because it funds the agency’s cost of doing business. Any gifts that are over and above UMCOR’s administrative costs are applied where they are most needed, most often under-funded programs.

It is not too late to order your OGHS envelopes, posters, refrigerator magnets and offering boxes. Call 1-888-346-3862 to order and visit UMCOR’s OGHS website for more information and additional worship resources. You can also print and share UMCOR’s One Great Hour of Sharing bulletin insert, children’s sermon, and a litany of preparation—all tools to help you prepare for and observe this special Sunday.

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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