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  • July 29, 2008

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*US: Hurricane Dolly Response

*KENYA: Hope in Uncertainty

*ARMENIA: Pursuing Peace

*LIBERIA: Helping the Undernourished

*EVENT: The Empowering Ministries of Health Conference


UMCOR is responding with an emergency grant to help the Southwest Texas Annual Conference and others recover from Hurricane Dolly which made landfall in the southwest coastal region of Texas on July 23.

The storm, which was later downgraded from hurricane status to a tropical storm, blew 100 mph winds across southern Texas leaving hundreds of thousands without power and forcing about 3,000 people into temporary shelters. The tropical storm affected 14 counties and dropped as much as 20 inches of rain causing major flooding, power outages and structural damage.

UMCOR is in contact with annual conference officials to assess immediate needs as well as provide ongoing recovery support. Please help with your gifts to Hurricanes 2008, UMCOR Advance # 3019695. Click the button to give now online


Theresa Wanjiku, a single mother of three, wakes up each morning in a crowded tent in Mathare, Nairobi. She is among the many who are still displaced by the tumultuous presidential elections in Kenya that sparked violence in December 2007. Wanjiku can spot the area where her home once stood. It was completely burned to the ground and local developers will soon expand a market in its place. Nevertheless, Wanjiku sees God—through shelter, food, clothing and ongoing support she receives.

UMCOR is helping thousands of internally displaced people in Kenya. UMCOR, in partnership with the Methodist Church in Kenya and USAID (US Agency for International Development) is delivering medical supplies, blankets, dry food goods, school supplies, and more to communities that are most in need across Kenya.

Your gifts can help the people of Kenya find hope in the midst of uncertainty and help provide for their daily needs. Please give generously to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450. Online Giving


Gayane* of Armenia has had a hard life. Abandoned by her drug-addicted husband, Gayane and her son were forced to move in with her alcoholic father. This was not an ideal place to raise her son, so Gayane set out to find work in Dubai at the encouragement of friends and neighbors.

Not long after her arrival in Dubai, Gayane was lured by professionals who stripped her of her papers, trapped her into prostitution and threatened her physically. UMCOR-trained border police learned how to identify women who are trafficked—soon spotted Guyane and referred her to UMCOR’s shelter for people who had been trafficked.

Gayane received the medical and psychological care from UMCOR doctors and over time she gained strength to reintegrate back into society. Today, Gayane and her son are peaceably living in a newly-purchased home made possible through a generous donation. You can be apart of UMCOR's life-changing work in Armenia by giving to Armenia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #250225. Online Giving


When Tito Boe, a 3 year-old boy from Monrovia, arrived at a Hope for the Nations feeding center in Liberia, he was dangerously underweight. His father brought him to the center because he could not care for his son. His mother abandoned him when she remarried. Tito gained his health and his life with the help of a Moringa-fortified diet introduced by UMCOR.

The growing and cultivation of Moringa throughout Africa is a special component of UMCOR’s Sustainable Agriculture & Development Program (SA&D). It is helping many people who are undernourished get healthier. Moringa leaves are rich in nutrients that support the daily diet— along with other locally-grown produce. It is also a low cost investment for farmers who want to earn extra income by selling its leaves.

Support the work of UMCOR’s SA&D training programs that introduce new farming techniques to help farmers growing healthier, more sustainable crops. Give to UMCOR’s Sustainable Agriculture & Development (SA&D) Program, UMCOR Advance, # 982188. Click the button to give now online


Registration is filling up for The Empowering Ministries of Health conference being held September 21-24, 2008 in Lake Junaluska, NC. The conference, which is produced by the United Methodist Church, will provide participants the opportunity to share information about successful health ministry programs. The conference will also empower the church community to provide an effective ministry tool to serve its congregants in mind, body and spirit.

Conference participants will learn how to analyze their wellness programs for return on investment, learn how to build a wellness team and seek grant funding, as well as identify the tools that mobilize people to develop ministries of health. A parish nurse track on “caring for the caregivers” will examine tools for empowering and working with clergy and helping families in crisis.

Clergy, Health and Welfare chairpersons, parish nurses and Christian educators are encouraged to attend. Scholarships are available. Register today and click here for more information.

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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