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  • July 01, 2008

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*US: Flood Buckets Need is Urgent

*PHILIPPINES: Typhoon Fengshen Response

*SOUTH AFRICA: SHADE—Providing Hunger Relief

*UMCOR: East Ohio Annual Conference Supports 100-Ton Challenge

*EVENT: UMCOR Sager Brown—Life on The Bayou Teche


UMCOR Sager Brown Depot has nearly depleted its supply of flood buckets after shipping thousands of buckets in response to recent floods in the Midwest. Sager Brown has shipped more than 5,000 flood buckets to affected annual conferences that have experienced severe flooding. Just two weeks into the Atlantic hurricane season, the Depot is down to 200 buckets. Your help is needed to replenish its inventory.

As UMCOR helps prepare affected annual conferences with long-term recovery plans that include one-on-one case management work, volunteer management and coordination as well as spiritual and emotional care support to help survivors and their children cope with the trauma—basic flood bucket cleaning agents are needed. Bleach, disinfectant dish soap, laundry detergent, air fresheners, gloves, garbage bags, scrub brushes and more can be a huge help and a blessing to those overtaken by the massive clean-up process following a severe storm.

Send supplies to those affected and help UMCOR be prepared for future storms. Visit UMCOR’S Relief Supply web page for additional details on flood bucket contents and shipping instructions. You can also send your gifts to UMCOR Material Resources Advance # 901440 which will enable UMCOR to purchase the needed relief supplies.
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UMCOR is sending emergency assistance to support survivors affected by Typhoon Fengshen, which battered central Philippines on June 21-22. Typhoon Fengshen’s turbulent waves capsized the Princess of Stars ferry carrying 849 passengers and crew and took the lives of at least 124 passengers. The current death toll is 629, with more than 900 missing and 2.4 million displaced by this storm, according to a Reuters news report.

“UMCOR is working with the Philippine Central Conference to ensure they have what they need to respond to this disaster,” said Dixon, UMCOR’s top executive in a release issued by UMCOR on June 26. “Although we are not physically present, we are with them in mind and spirit,” continued Dixon.

Dixon is in contact with Bishop Benjamin A. Justo of the Baguio Episcopal Area of the Philippines to express concern for the tragedy and to offer support. In an email to UMCOR, Bishop Justo listed 16 United Methodist churches that were damaged or destroyed in the typhoon.

Please give your support through prayer and through your gifts to Philippines Emergency, UMCOR Advance #240235. Online Giving


SHADE (Sojourner: Help, Advocacy, Development, Education), a ministry of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, has been successful in providing hunger relief to hundreds of vulnerable women, children and orphans throughout South Africa through its nutrition workshops, vocational training, feeding centers and self-sustaining agricultural projects.

Last year in Zambia, SHADE constructed a feeding hall to accommodate an additional 400 orphans—as the amount of children being fed daily grew from 200 to 600. About 200 children are benefiting from vocational skills training and about 500 women and youth have completed trainings in nutrition-related workshops. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, SHADE orphans established their own food gardens enabling SHADE to continually feed 250 orphans four times a week. In Namibia, cooperative fish businesses were established to provide income for about 20 women.

Support SHADE’s continuing work to address issues of hunger, poor nutrition and HIV/AIDS awareness by giving to SHADE, UMCOR Advance #180001. You can also help eradicate hunger by sending gifts to All Africa Drought/Famine, UMCOR Advance #101250. Online Giving


The East Ohio Annual Conference passed a resolution June 19 to support UMCOR’s 100-Ton Fair Trade Challenge. The resolution was written by the Peace with Justice Project, a social justice ministry of the conference." The Conference is urging all local congregations, church affiliate organizations and agencies to participate in the Challenge to help the plight of fair trade farmers and their families. In September, a mailing is scheduled to reach those in the district who are not currently part of UMCOR’s Coffee Project to encourage their support of fair trade practices.

“A great way to introduce the UMCOR Coffee Project to the local church leadership in your Annual Conference is to organize a coffee stand and provide free samples to delegates during breaks,” said Richard Aronson, coordinator of The Peace with Justice Project. “We make fair trade products available for purchase and have been doing so for several years now—I believe it has been a major contributor to the success of the UMCOR Coffee Project in East Ohio.” Aronson continued.

Take the challenge and support this newly-passed resolution to help farmers earn fair prices. For information on setting up a fair trade coffee stand at your Annual Conference meeting, please contact Rich Aronson at You can also help small-scale farmers by sending your gifts to Sustainable Agriculture & Development, UMCOR Advance #982188. Click the button to give now online


People 50 years and older are invited to attend Life on the Bayou Teche: History, Culture and UMCOR Sager Brown on October 19-25. The event hosted by UMCOR Sager Brown, UMCOR’s relief supply warehouse in Baldwin, La., will give participants an opportunity to experience life on the Bayou Teche through presentations, site visits, music, dance, culture and cuisine. The event is part of Global Ministries’ Primetimers program—a ministry that offers older adults greater exposure to the work of The United Methodist Church and the church worldwide.

Participants will learn about UMCOR’s work first-hand and its commitment to provide immediate relief in times of emergencies by volunteering in the UMCOR Depot. At the Depot, material resources such as flood buckets, layette kits and school kits are processed for worldwide relief and national disaster response. Participants will also experience the local culture of the Cajuns through dancing and film viewing as well as journey into the swamplands of Louisiana on a swamp boat tour.

The cost per person is $570 and includes housing, meals, local transportation, program and accident insurance. The registration deadline for this event is July 19. Click here for event details. To register, submit an Individual Registration Form and a $150 deposit. Registration forms are available online at You can call 877.882.4724 or email Primetimers at for further information. To support UMCOR Sager Brown’s ministry, please give to UMCOR Material Resources, UMCOR Advance # 901440. Click the button to give now online

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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