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  • February 26, 2008

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*UMCOR SAGER BROWN: Kit Supplies Are Low

*US: Alabama Tornado Response

*UMCOR: One Great Hour of Sharing is This Sunday

*US: Across Lands


UMCOR's relief supply warehouse, UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, La., is requesting your help to provide bedding, sewing and layette kits that are urgently needed for Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Sager Brown’s kit ministry has been on the decline over the last year. Even when there are no large natural disasters, kits are still needed.

Sager Brown is especially requesting donations to build about 33,000 layette kits, 64,000 sewing kits and approximately 1,000 bedding kits to meet upcoming needs for 2008. Donations for all kits are needed to prepare for uncertain times and future relief efforts. The Sager Brown Depot will accept complete kits as well as bulk items.

Please visit UMCOR’s Relief Supplies web page to learn about the specific kit contents, the estimated value, the cost for processing and shipping, as well as shipping instructions.By donating kit supplies or giving financial gifts to purchase these supplies, you make a tangible difference in the lives of others. Please give generously to Material Resources, UMCOR Advance #901440. Click the button to give now online


UMCOR is helping the Alabama West-Florida Annual Conference recover from the latest round of winter tornadoes to sweep across the south. On Feb. 17 severe storms and a tornado damaged and destroyed several homes and businesses in Central Alabama City.

UMCOR remains in contact with regional church partners that have been affected by the recent series of southern storms to bring relief where it is needed most.

The Alabama storm knocked down several trees and power lines leaving nearly 10,000 homes without electricity. Please keep the southern states in your prayers and help bring relief by giving to Domestic Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance # 901670. Online Giving


The proceeds from this special Sunday offering benefit UMCOR directly. "The One Great Hour of Sharing offering on March 2, 2008, provides for those basic needs that make the rest of UMCOR's work possible," says the Rev. Sam W. Dixon, Deputy General Secretary of UMCOR. "Without this offering so much of what UMCOR does to bring hope and healing to the world could not happen."

Designated gifts provide things like sheetrock, boats and seeds. Undesignated gifts to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering provide UMCOR with the funds it takes to administer these and hundreds of other programs throughout the world. Read how your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing helped the people of Fernley, Nev. recover from damaging flood waters. Thank you for giving and for your continued support.


Moe Aung, his wife Naw and their three children fled their home in Myanmar (Burma) to a refugee camp in Thailand where they stayed for five years. 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.

Read about Christ Church UM and their journey in welcoming the Aungs into their community and lives and how they braved the challenges of language, abilities and time for the sake of their neighbor. 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. Online Giving

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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