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  • September 08, 2009

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*KENYA: Clergy and Spouses Collaborate on HIV/AIDS

*GEORGIA: A “Gateway” for Special Needs Children

*US: Bread for the World Sunday

*EVENT: Change the World Conference, Oct. 22-23


At a recent conference in Kenya, clergy and spouses came together to talk about ways to effectively respond to HIV/AIDS. Don Messer, chair for the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund was among the featured speakers. The event was led by Bishop Muruki and Ms. Florence Murugu of the Methodist Church in Kenya. Community pre- and post HIV/AIDS testing was part of the agenda, as well as a workshop on prevention.

Bonnie Messer, wife of Don Messer, led a session on the importance of counseling and patient confidentiality. An interactive leadership session led by retired Rocky Mountain UMC Pastor John Blinn and his wife Elaine, a medical social worker, addressed stigma and discrimination issues.

Plans for future pastor and spouse training are in development. You can support church leadership in their response to HIV/AIDS by giving to the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund, UMCOR Advance #982345. Click the button to give now online


Bogdan* is a seven year old boy in Tbilisi, Georgia with limited walking and communication abilities due to cerebral palsy. He rarely goes to school and has little contact with children his own age. When his mother learned about Gateway for the Future, a project supported by UMCOR, she placed her son in a cinema class. In the class, children with similar disabilities as Bogdan watch and discuss films. Before long, Bogdan was slowly opening up to his classmates and participating in class activities.

Gateway for the Future was made possible through a $30,000 grant provided by UMCOR to the Tbilisi Youth House Foundation in the Republic of Georgia. Through fun, educational and interactive learning activities, over 900 disabled children are developing socially, emotionally and physically. The classes include art, therapy gymnastics, computer lessons, music, and theatre.

You can support this effort that brings learning activities to special needs children in Georgia by giving to Georgia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #250305. Online Giving

*Name has been changed.


United Methodist churches everywhere have an opportunity to renew their commitment to ending world hunger and poverty. Through Bread for World Sunday on October 18, or any Sunday before Thanksgiving, churches can lift up their voices on behalf of the hungry through education, prayer, and music.

Free resources include a scripture and sermon study on Mark 10:35-45 by Dr. John Buchanan, editor and publisher of Christian Century, as well as bulletin inserts, offering envelopes and a new sacred song composed by Marty Haugen. Special prayers for the day are also included. For more information and to download resources, please click here.

Bread for the World is a Christian organization based in the US which seeks justice for the world's hungry people by lobbying US legislators and other decision makers. You can also alleviate world hunger with your gifts to World Hunger Poverty, UMCOR Advance #982920. Online Giving


UMCOR is a sponsor and workshop leader for the upcoming Change the World Conference in Tipp City, Ohio on Oct. 22-23, 2009. Hosted by Ginghamsburg Church in Ohio, the conference provides tools for the church to engage in effective ministry.

Featured speakers include Ruby Payne, author of “A Framework for Understanding Poverty,” Ron Sider, professor, evangelical speaker, writer and president of the Evangelicals for Social Action, Trevor Hudson, South African pastor, author, and speaker, and Mike Slaughter, pastor of Ginshamsburg Church.

For more details about the conference or to register, please click here.

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