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  • August 25, 2009

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*SRI LANKA: Out of Poverty

*US: “We Are UMCOR”

*ZAMBIA: Providing Life Skills

*US: Fair Trade “To Go”

*RESOURCES: Birthing a Dream—New Church Bulletin


Sujithar is a widow who lives alone in a ramshackle house in the town of Muthur in Sri Lanka. During the nation’s 20 year conflict, displacement and tsunami, Sujithar survived on what little she could grow on her small plot of land.

With UMCOR’s help, Sujithar and others like her can learn new skills to work their way out of poverty. Sujithar participated in UMCOR’s soybean project where she produced up to 500 kilos of soybeans. She took the soybeans to market and sold them at a substantial profit.

UMCOR also provides sewing machines for young women in Sri Lanka who could not attend school because they were forced to be child soldiers. Through this project, young women learn valuable business skills and clothes making that will provide a steady income. Help more conflict survivors in Sri Lanka by giving to Sri Lanka Relief and Development, UMCOR Advance #3020630. Online Giving


During a special Sunday worship service, the White Bear Lake UMC choir in Minnesota performed Gabriel Faure’s Requiem while images of UMCOR’s emergency and disaster relief work were presented to the church.

“We are UMCOR” was part of a devotional recited by members and visiting friends. The service included several readings about UMCOR’s disaster relief work around the world. Following the presentation, a special offering of nearly $1,000 was collected for UMCOR’s emergency relief efforts. Thank you White Bear Lake!

“The congregation of White Bear Lake UMC gained a better understanding of all the work that UMCOR does and has a much better appreciation,” said Margaret Sabin of White Bear Lake UMC. Help UMCOR respond whenever there is a need by giving to UMCOR Undesignated, UMCOR Advance #999895. Online Giving


In Zambia, educational opportunities are limited beyond secondary school. Government-sponsored programs are not available due to the nation’s weak economy.

SHADE (Sojourner, Help, Advocacy, Development, Education), a program of Woodstock Methodist Church in Southern Africa, supported by UMCOR, is determined to change the lives of the unskilled, unemployed and poor. Through SHADE’s Life Skills Program, over 7,000 people throughout Africa have been empowered with new skills including beading, tye-dying, weaving and sewing. People are also being trained to develop sustainable food gardens and fish ponds.

Support SHADE, UMCOR Advance #180001 and give hope to Africa’s most vulnerable populations. Online Giving


Members of the Beach Lake United Methodist Church in Pennsylvania spent a rainy day in June promoting UMCOR’s partner, Equal Exchange, at the Roots and Rhythms Festival, an annual concert in Honesdale, Penn.

Beach Lake UMC, a strong supporter of UMCOR’s Coffee Project and fair trade, decided to take the Equal Exchange coffee “to go” and sold it along with other fair trade product at a booth display at the concert. The booth created opportunities for Beach Lake UMC to share information about fair trade and educate concert attendees on the benefits of organically produced foods.

Support UMCOR’s Coffee Project by purchasing fairly trade coffee, cocoa, tea or snacks through Equal Exchange’s Interfaith Store. You can also support farmers by giving to UMCOR-SA&D, UMCOR Advance #982188. Online Giving


Perry came to the US from Liberia, a country struggling to rebuild after its 14-year civil war. He lives very modestly, but is able to send money home to his family and support his dream—a small nonprofit organization. He hopes to raise enough money to help educate nurses, build a women’s clinic and a school, because he doesn’t want another woman to give birth in the dirt and under the shade of a tree like his mother did.

UMCOR’s birthing kit provides attendants with the basic tools they need to ensure a safe, healthy and clean delivery. Traditional birthing attendants are trained on how to deliver babies using these life saving kits, so expecting mothers like Perry’s do not have to give birth in unsanitary conditions.

Download UMCOR's new church bulletin to learn more and share UMCOR's birthing kit power point slide with your congregation. You can also give toward the purchase of birthing kit supplies by sending your gifts to Material Resource Ministry, UMCOR Advance #901440. Online Giving

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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