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  • November 11, 2008

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*WEST AFRICA: Côte d’Ivoire Gets One Million Nets

*US: Volunteers Needed in Northwest Indiana

*LIBERIA: Empowering Others

*US: Connecting Music and Mission

*WORLDWIDE: World AIDS Day 2008 Web Page


Nearly one million nets will be distributed throughout 18 civil districts in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa from Nov. 11-15. The distribution of nets is a result of a unified effort involving UMCOR, United Methodist Communications and about 800 United Methodist volunteers from Côte d’Ivoire and the Texas Annual Conferences which initiated the net distribution effort. A contribution of $1 million from the Texas Annual Conference was multiplied nearly five times over with contributions from the United Nations Foundation.

During this week, a net will be provided to families participating in the integrated health campaign which targets children nine months to five years old who are also receiving other medical treatment. The nets were purchased through the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets Campaign. Volunteers received basic malaria education training through UMCOR Health’s Malaria Control program. Click here to watch a video of the net distribution in Cote d' Ivoire.

Please visit Make Malaria History for resources and additional information. You can also give to Malaria Control Program, UMCOR Advance #982009. Click the button to give now online


The Indiana Annual Conference is in urgent need of volunteers to assist more than 80 families in clean-up following three major flooding events this year in the Midwest. Volunteers are needed to clean-up soggy drywall and floors as well as help remove mold in homes damaged by the floods. The conference hopes to complete the clean-up work by year-end so that rebuilding may begin for affected residents.

Remaining flood waters caused by heavy rains from Hurricane Ike are slowing down the recovery process. In the meantime, UMCOR is working with the conference to provide extensive case management training.

Interested individuals or volunteer groups may contact Chris Eller Esparza at 219-836-5390 or 219-923-2302, Ext. 311, to be assigned a family. Interested teams can go to the Indiana Area web site or contact their Jurisdictional Volunteer in Mission Coordinator for more information. Your gifts to Domestic Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance # 901670 will also aid in recovery. Online Giving


A Texas-based United Methodist clergy band called Connections is ‘connecting’ secular 70’s music with faith themes and missions to help raise funds for UMCOR. So far, Connections has raised more than $44,000 for both UMCOR relief programs and Nothing But Nets since their first concert in May, 2006.

The all-volunteer band which began at a clergy retreat of the North Texas Annual Conference, seeks to make a difference around the world through United Methodist missional giving. The band is supporting “connectional causes” like that of UMCOR’s disaster relief work to help raise funds for those in need. The Connections band performs for free, but takes up an offering for UMCOR. Thank you Connections!

If you have a similar story and would like to share it with UMCOR, send us your story along with a photo to: You can also give to UMCOR Undesignated, UMCOR Advance #999895 which will direct funds to areas most in need. Online Giving


Christopher Nynguor, 33 of Crozierville Villiage, Liberia is making the best of UMCOR’s Sustainable Agriculture and Development (SA&D) training by empowering others with what he has learned. He is teaching his family and his community how to improve their livelihood by sharing farming techniques, beekeeping, Moringa growing and livestock knowledge.

While Nynguor shares his UMCOR-acquired knowledge, his brother Chris helps at home with beekeeping by building hives. This year, Nynguor harvested 10 gallons of honey. He used the proceeds to build six additional hives—his goal is to own 150 hives.

UMCOR’s SA&D programs adopt a farmer-to-farmer model that encourages participants to share their skills with others in the community. Learn about beekeeping by viewing UMCOR’s latest photo slideshow— Beekeeping in Liberia. You can also support farmers by giving to UMCOR’s Sustainable Agriculture and Development Program, UMCOR Advance #982188. Click the button to give now online


Join millions of others in the fight against HIV/AIDS by sharing important HIV/AIDS information. Visit UMCOR’s revised World AIDS Day web page that includes new downloadable resources for you to use in observance of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.

A World AIDS Day United Methodist story, church bulletin insert, worship service and Global AIDS Power Point presentation are some of the resources currently available for use to help create awareness of HIV/AIDS in your local congregation. You can also observe World AIDS Day through your gifts to United Methodist Global AIDS Fund, UMCOR Advance #982345. 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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