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  • January 05, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*VIETNAM: Typhoon and Flood Relief

*UMCOR: Happy Birthday UMCOR!

*US: Providing Warmth for Arriving Immigrants

*KENYA: Food Relief

*US: Order Eco-Palms Early

VIETNAM: TYPHOON AND FLOOD RELIEF

Typhoon Ketsana destroyed, damaged or flooded more than 396,000 homes across the Central and Central Highland areas of Vietnam in late September. 73,466 hectares of crops are presumed lost and more than 356,000 people have been evacuated from their homes. The loss of food, shelter and income has devastated the most vulnerable including elderly people and vulnerable children.

UMCOR is supporting Bring Hope to Vietnam’s Typhoon and Flood Victims, a program of the Vietnam’s Mission Initiative, to provide food relief and material goods to 1,000 people who have lost homes, crops and sources of income. About 100 people throughout 12 Vietnam provinces will receive much-needed household kits that include kitchen utensils, blankets, and treated mosquito nets.

You can help provide relief for vulnerable families in Vietnam with your gifts to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450. Click the button to give now online

UMCOR: HAPPY BIRTHDAY UMCOR!

This year marks UMCOR’s 70th birthday. Through the generosity of United Methodists and friends everywhere, UMCOR continues to provide relief and assistance to millions of people around the world.

A celebratory timeline offers a glimpse into the agency’s 70 years of hope-filled relief work, from its formation in 1940 at the General Conference of The Methodist Church through Bishop Herbert Welch to the 2009 establishment of UMCOR’s new office in the Philippines. The timeline demonstrates the principles of Micah 6:8: justice, mercy, and humility, and honors the work of Jesus Christ in serving the most vulnerable.

Click here now to view this special tribute and say “Happy Birthday to UMCOR” with your gifts that reach communities in need. Give to UMCOR, Undesignated, UMCOR Advance #999895. Online Giving

US: PROVIDING WARMTH FOR ARRIVING IMMIGRANTS

UMCOR is providing 10,000 warm winter blankets and health kits to immigrants crossing the US-Mexican border through the Methodist Border Mission Network, a cooperative ministry of several US Annual Conferences which border Mexico and the Methodist Church of Mexico.

Desert Southwest, Southwest Texas, Rio Grande, Eastern Conference, Methodist Church of Mexico, Northwestern, California-Pacific, New Mexico of the UMC, and North Central Annual Conferences comprise the Mission network which supports the needs of arriving immigrants into the US. The relief supplies are distributed at six different relief points along the US-Mexican border.

Support projects like these by giving to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670. Online Giving

KENYA: FOOD RELIEF

In the Nyanza province of Kenya, 90 percent of the population experiences extreme food shortages and poverty. About five percent of the people die each day.

UMCOR has partnered with the Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation Program for Nyanza Province, a project of the United Methodist Church in Central Nyanza, to provide food relief to 20,000 malnourished children, the elderly and disabled, expecting mothers, widows, and internally displaced persons.

Relief supplies including 40,000 bags of maize, 20,000 bags of beans, and 160,000 liters of oil are purchased locally in Nairobi and will be distributed to vulnerable communities in the Central Nyanza district through March, 2010.

Support this work by giving to World Hunger and Poverty, UMCOR Advance #982920. Online Giving

US: PURCHASE ECO-PALMS EARLY

Countries like Guatemala and Mexico benefit from Eco-palm sales in the US. Workers receive fair wages that support their families’ education and healthcare needs, and palm fronds are harvested in a sustainable way that protects valuable natural forests.

UMCOR, in partnership with the University of Minnesota, supports the Eco-Palm Project which sustains forestry, protects local jobs and preserves the livelihoods of small-scale farmers by ensuring fair wages. United Methodists are encouraged to support this project and purchase Eco-palms in time for Palm Sunday service on March 28, 2010. You can use Why Eco-Palms?, a Power Point slide to share information about the benefits of Eco-Palms.

Last year, United Methodists were the second largest denominational purchaser of Eco-palms in the US, ordering over 115,300 palm stems for Palm Sunday services.

Click here now to place your order, or visit www.ecopalms.org for more information. The deadline for check orders is March 2. Eco-palms will be delivered between March 22 and 26. You can also give to UMCOR-SA&D, UMCOR Advance #982188. Online Giving

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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