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  • May 20, 2008

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*CHINA: Amity Foundation Helps China Survivors

*MYANMAR: Cyclone Nargis Recovery

*US: In the Footsteps of Jesus

*EVENT: Recipe of Hope Campaign


Amity Foundation, a member of ACT International and long-time UMCOR and Global Ministries partner, is on the ground helping China earthquake survivors get relief. Amity is working to provide food for about 16,000 people and will distribute 8,000 tarpaulins and quilts-with specific focus on the severely affected provinces of Gansu, Sha’anxi and Sichuan. Long-term recovery plans include the rebuilding of 600 homes, 10 schools and five clinics, as well as the rehabilitation of destroyed water and irrigation systems.

United Methodists are asked to give generously to UMCOR Advance #982450, International Disaster Response, China Earthquake. Your gift to the China Earthquake response will go to support Amity's work. Click the button to give now online


UMCOR’s partner Action by Churches Together (ACT) is working with local partner organizations, to provide clean water, food and non-food items to more than 100,000 people affected by Cyclone Nargis, according to an ACT news release issued on May 16.

The release further stated that assistance for emergency shelter will be provided for about 340,000 people along with at least 10 days of food aid for approximately 68,000 people. ACT members are also planning distribution of non-food items for about 112,000 people.

UMCOR's primary partners in this response, including Church World Service, are part of ACT's network of church and faith-based agencies working together to bring relief to the people of Myanmar. The greatest needs are for water, food, emergency and permanent shelter and medicine. You can send your gifts to UMCOR Advance #3019674, Myanmar Emergency. Online Giving


After the Persian Gulf War in 1991, Amir was forced to leave Iraq and relocate to Lebanon where he met his wife, Fadwa. After their daughter, Zahraa, was born, they applied for refugee status, hoping to raise their child in a safe environment -that safe place was found in Wyoming, Mich.

When Kathy Carruthers, a member of Wesley Park United Methodist Church was asked by PARA, a Church World Service affiliate to sponsor the Amir family from Iraq, she was reluctant at first because of the time commitment involved. Kathy is glad she said yes. “I am so happy I agreed though. Helping this family has been such a blessing to me. It helps me understand what it means to be Christ with skin on,” she asserts.

Because Kathy agreed to walk in the footsteps of Jesus by “welcoming a stranger,” Amir and his wife Fadwa made a true home in what was once a strange land. Fadwa earned an MA while in Lebanon and is now a histo technician in Michigan. Amir is pursuing a master’s degree in civil engineering.

Refugee families like Amirs’ struggle to make a new start. They need our guidance and encouragement. World Refugee Day is June 20. Download our latest church bulletin about Osman Koroma, a refugee from Liberia and how church sponsorship is helping him obtain a brighter future. You can help by supporting programs like these. Please give to New Hope to Newcomers, UMCOR Advance #901779. Online Giving


Hunger is on the rise. Food prices are soaring worldwide and more low-income people in the US are visiting local food banks to feed their families-according to Bread for the World (BFW), a national Christian movement that seeks justice for the world's hungry people. United Methodists can respond to the hunger crisis by participating in BFW’s Recipe for Hope: Responding to the Hunger Crisis campaign beginning now through June 17.

Through Recipe for Hope you play an active role in alleviating hunger. Recipe for Hope helps you respond by taking a few simple action steps: Pray, send an email or write a letter to your member of Congress, or bring cans of food to your local church. It’s that simple to make a difference in the fight against hunger. Join today in observance of the upcoming National Hunger Awareness Day on June 3.

UMCOR works through its Hunger/Poverty programs to relieve hunger. By providing the most vulnerable with empowering agricultural training, microcredit and enterprise development and supplemental food programs -UMCOR is helping to reverse the hunger crisis. Help the hungry with your gifts to UMCOR’s Hunger/Poverty Program, Advance # 982920. Click here to participate in the Recipe for Hope campaign and download their informative bulletin. 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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