The UMCOR Hotline
In Today's Hotline:
ZIMBABWE: Grain Arrives for the Hungry
AFGHANISTAN: Staying Warm in Winter
LIBERIA: A Green Lifesaver
US: Feed The Hungry on Souper Bowl Sunday
RESOURCES: One Great Hour of Sharing—Bulletin Insert
ZIMBABWE: GRAIN ARRIVES FOR THE HUNGRY
Over the last month, ZOE Ministry, a program of the North Carolina Annual Conference and UMCOR, helped bring 100 metric tons of grain to the famine-stricken Zimbabwe nation. The grain was distributed to 12 United Methodist districts in Zimbabwe – reaching more than 1,200 households and 11,000 primary school students. The grain will provide each person with an additional meal for 65 days.
In February, an additional shipment of 400 metric tons of maize meal is scheduled to be distributed by UMCOR.
UMCOR Health is working on long-term projects in Zimbabwe that include improving poor water services and sanitation facilities to help reduce cholera outbreaks. In addition, UMCOR is helping Old Mutare, Mutambara and Nyadire United Methodist Hospitals treat patients by supplying cholera kits and supporting staff salaries. Your gifts enable UMCOR to meet needs like these. Please give to Zimbabwe Emergency, UMCOR Advance #199456.
AFGHANISTAN: STAYING WARM IN WINTER
The village of Khak-e-Jabar, Afghanistan is situated 6,500 feet above sea level and is known for its harsh winters. For the most vulnerable people, including the elderly and children, bearing the bitter cold is one of many challenges they endure. They also bear the country’s ongoing drought situation and extreme poverty. UMCOR Afghanistan, the agency’s non-governmental organization, is helping thousands of Afghan families stay warm in the winter by providing blankets.
Last week, UMCOR Afghanistan and the US Agency for International Development helped to distribute warm winter blankets to 3,900 families in the Khak-e-Jabar district. Because of a grant issued by the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance, each family received two blankets.
In Khak-e-Jabar, there are nearly no trees to burn firewood for warmth, so Afghans burn small amounts of brushwood throughout the day. By nightfall, the fires burn out and the cold temperatures return. UMCOR helps Afghans survive the winter by providing blankets, wood burning stoves, firewood, and more. Support this effort by giving to Afghanistan Emergency, UMCOR Advance #602225.
LIBERIA: A GREEN LIFESAVER
Oretha, a mother in Duo, Liberia, was told by her neighbors that her very ill, two month old baby, Godwin, was cursed and encouraged her to stop breast feeding. Frightened of her community’s scorn, Oretha hid from her neighbors and secretly nursed her baby.
Mozart Adevu, a Global Ministries’ missionary based in Ghana and Emmanuel, visited the home and immediately suggested that Godwin’s diet include the Vitamin-rich Moringa leaf that UMCOR helps farmers grow. In one short month, Godwin regained his health with the help of this green lifesaver— Moringa.
Growing and cultivating Moringa tree farms is one special component of UMCOR-SA&D Program to combat hunger. Farmers learn how to process Moringa leaves for personal consumption or to generate income. Support UMCOR-SA&D Program, Advance #982188.
US: FEED THE HUNGRY ON SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY
This Sunday, Feb 1, America’s youth will be helping to feed people who are hungry across the US.
It’s not too late to help meet Souper Bowl of Caring’s goal of raising $11 million in cash and cans for hunger and poverty-related charities across the country. Collect one-dollar donations or donate cans of food in large soup pots as you leave worship service. Last year, over 14,000 youth organizations raised more than $10 million for charities nationwide. $11 million will be a new record.
Donations go directly to local charities—no money is sent to Souper Bowl of Caring. Visit www.souperbowl.org for more information or to report your collection totals. You can also give to World Hunger Poverty, UMCOR Advance # 982920 to help those most vulnerable.
RESOURCES: ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING—BULLETIN INSERT
In Darfur, women often have to walk miles to collect firewood. Through an UMCOR partnership with the Cooperative Housing Foundation, a simple fuel-efficient stove reduces the amount of firewood they need giving them more time to complete other chores and less time risking their security outside of the camp.
Giving to One Great Hour of Sharing offering helps UMCOR provide food, security, materials and more to those most vulnerable while underwriting UMCOR's cost of doing business. This offering ensures that 100 percent of every other gift made to a specific UMCOR project will be spent on that project and not on administrative costs.
One Great Hour of Sharing is March 22, 2009.
Download the One Great Hour of Sharing church bulletin to learn more. Share this bulletin with your local congregation to collect a special offering on Sundays. Offerings to this fund can be made throughout the entire year. Please give now.
UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit umcor.org. 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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