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  • September 23, 2008

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*US: Texas Conference to Serve Ike Survivors

*SAGER BROWN: Sending Relief Supplies

*US: Adjusting to Life in the US

*LIBERIA: Moringa Helps Survivor Live

*RESOURCES: World Food Day 2008—New Church Bulletin Insert


In the week after Hurricane Ike hit Texas and the Gulf Coast areas, Texas Annual Conference Bishop Janie Riggle Huie, UMCOR executive Sandra Kennedy-Owes, and conference staff visited numerous churches to assess damages, encourage church members and offer immediate help.

“There has been tremendous loss here,” said Huie. “Millions need help, especially the most vulnerable.” The Texas Conference will evaluate options for expanding the Rita Recovery office in Beaumont and establishing a new presence in the Houston area to serve Ike survivors and help in rebuilding and recovery.

Many in Texas are still without power and lack the basic supplies to proceed in recovery. Help affected UMC churches rebuild so that they can better serve the people most in need in their communities. You can send gifts for much-needed relief supplies or give to Hurricanes 2008, UMCOR Advance #3019695. Click the button to give now online


Staff and volunteers at UMCOR Sager Brown, the relief supply warehouse in Baldwin, La., have been busy preparing and shipping relief supplies in response to recent hurricanes. Trailers and truckloads of flood buckets, health kits and generators were sent to several locations in Texas and Louisiana for distribution to families affected by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

A total of 9,882 flood buckets have been sent out from Sager Brown Depot, MERCI Mission Center, NC and Midwest Mission Distribution Center, Ill. Nearly 3,000 health kits were sent to five locations in Louisiana and 4,000 flood buckets were sent to eight other locations. Incoming shipments of relief supplies will go to the Texas Annual Conference to support their needs. The Midwest Distribution Warehouse also delivered 1,000 flood buckets to assist Northern Indiana where UMCOR has responded with an emergency grant to help in recovery, as well as anticipates providing case management training.

There is an urgency to replenish flood bucket supplies at UMCOR Sager Brown and other warehouse locations. You can view a list of the flood bucket contents here. Please also send gifts to Material Resources, UMCOR Advance 901440. Online Giving


The Ziyad* family, Iraqi refugees from Syria who resettled in Kentucky, are a family of five that have endured a number of personal challenges— including their experience as newcomers in the US. The 63 year-old father has a number of medical problems and his wife has difficulty walking without a walker. Their two adult children have mental disabilities and are in need of constant care. Their 16 year-old daughter is attending high school.

While families like the Ziyads can apply for state cash assistance, the state requires proof that their daughter will graduate high school by age 19. Due to limited English and lack of school records common with resettling refugees, the Zivad’s daughter will need to repeat ninth grade— eliminating the opportunity for state funds.

UMCOR helps people like the Ziyad family who run into difficulties while adjusting to a new life in America. UMCOR provides emergency refugee assistance grants to help with these temporary setbacks. You can help support this work by giving to New Hope for Newcomers, UMCOR Advance # 901779. Online Giving

*Not their real name


Survivor is a happy and healthy four-year boy. But when he arrived at a Hope for the Nations feeding center in Ganta, Liberia, he was far from healthy. Survivor was deathly ill and undernourished. Thankfully, a Moringa-rich diet introduced through UMCOR’s Sustainable Agriculture & Development Program (SA&D) helped saved Survivor’s life.

The growing and cultivation of Moringa is a special focus of UMCOR's SA&D program. Moringa leaves contain the daily essential nutrients such as vitamins A, C, iron, calcium, potassium, and protein —helping to bring better health to Africa’s ailing population. In addition, farmers looking to make additional income can turn to Moringa—it is a low cost investment that produces excellent yields.

Contribute to programs like these where farmers are growing healthy, lifesaving crops that are helping the malnourished get healthier. Give to Sustainable Agriculture and Development Program, UMCOR Advance 982188. Click the button to give now online


Famatta McGill, 44 of Caldwell Village, Liberia, is among several graduates of UMCOR’s 2006 Integrated Crop and Pest Management (ICPM) training that has successfully put UMCOR’s training to good use. McGill, along with other UMCOR graduates, pulled together to work on a farm. The members pooled their monies, opened a micro loan and used the proceeds of their harvest to further farm activities and expand. The additional income is helping the farmers send their children to school, buy additional land and build new homes.

World Food Day is October 16. Observe this day by downloading the latest church bulletin and collecting a special offering to help farmers in Liberia support themselves and their families. Please send your gifts to World/Hunger Poverty, UMCOR Advance #982920. 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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