The UMCOR Hotline
In Today's Hotline:
Haiti Emergency: A Major Earthquake Hits Haiti
ARMENIA: Refuge for Trafficked Survivors
EVENT: Participate in Souper Bowl of Caring, Feb. 7
GEORGIA: Providing Pediatric Health Services
JFON: A Captive is Free
Haiti Emergency: A Major Earthquake Hits Haiti
A major earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti causing widespread destruction. Millions of people are affected and thousands are feared dead. UMCOR is assessing the needs and preparing to respond. UMCOR asks for prayers for all who are affected by the disaster. Support for relief efforts can be made to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance # 418325
ARMENIA: REFUGE FOR TRAFFICKED SURVIVORS
Anahit*, 24, lived in a small town in Armenia. In need of a job, Anahit traveled to Dubai to work as a housemaid. Shortly after arriving in Dubai, Anahit was lured by empty promises for work, and forced into the world of prostitution and human trafficking. When the police conducted a raid in Dubai, Anahit, along with other trafficked survivors were deported back to their home countries.
Thankfully, for Anahit and others like her, there is hope for a better life through refuge and shelter services provided by UMCOR Armenia’s Anti-Human Trafficking Project. UMCOR Armenia, with support from the Dr. Edward C. and Georgina Perkins Fund of the United Methodist Church, is helping trafficked survivors reintegrate back into society, as they recover from their traumatic experience.
Today, Anahit has hope for steady work. She is participating in a manicurist training provided by UMCOR, and is one of the best students in her class. Download and share Helping Survivors of Human Trafficking, a new church bulletin, and support anti-human trafficking projects with your gifts to Armenia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #250225, or Anti-Human Trafficking, UMCOR Advance #333615.
*Not her real name.
US: PARTICIPATE IN SOUPER BOWL OF CARING, FEB. 7
River of Life Community Center of Newcomerstown United Methodist Church, Ohio is joining the fight against hunger and poverty right in their community. The church is hosting a festive Souper Bowl of Caring Party, where football fans can watch the Super Bowl game as donations of canned soup are collected for Journey’s End Food Program, a local food pantry. During the game, participants can enjoy six inch subs sold by Newcomerstown’s youth group.
United Methodists are encouraged to participate in Souper Bowl of Caring on Feb. 7, by collecting canned goods and making donations through local church offerings.
Last year, 13,794 United Methodist church groups participated in Souper Bowl of Caring events across the US. A total of $10,339.233 was raised nationwide for local hunger programs. 100 percent of the collections are donated directly to the charity of each group's choice. Register at www.souperbowl.org and give to World Hunger/Poverty program, UMCOR Advance #982920.
GEORGIA: PROVIDING PEDIATRIC HEALTH SERVICES
In the Republic of Georgia, acute respiratory infections are common among children from infancy to 14 years of age. Current methods of treatment used in hospitals are either outdated or inefficient.
UMCOR, with funding support from UNICEF, is addressing the health needs of vulnerable groups in Georgia through the Support for Child Health in Georgia Project. By providing training to healthcare providers in Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI), and by supplying much-needed medicines, children living in shelters for displaced people in the conflict-affected region of Shida Kartli will get the quality health services they need.
Tkviavi Emergency Medical Service (MDS), one of five hospitals receiving IMCI training from UMCOR, serves 6,104 children under the age of 14 with respiratory infections. Tkviavi MDS has received nebulizers, pulse oximeters, and essential medicines necessary for the treatment of common childhood illnesses. The project has significantly improved the quality of the hospital’s pediatric healthcare services.
Support this work with your gifts to Georgia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #250305.
JFON: A CAPTIVE IS FREE
Kwami and Afryea Brobbey* live in a small village in Ghana where there are limited work opportunities available for women. The Brobbey family felt blessed when their American friend offered to give their 10-year old daughter, Abena*, an opportunity for a better life by taking her to live with her family in Chicago.
Unbeknownst to the Brobbey family, Abena was forced to take on all household chores and was subject to frequent emotional, physical and sexual abuse. At age 14, Abena escaped was given the phone number to a shelter, where she underwent counseling.
Abena arrived at a Justice for Our Neigbors (JFON) clinic seeking lawful permanent residency, after obtaining temporary legal status as a survivor of human trafficking. Her green card application was later approved. Now, Abena can reunite with her family after 10 years of separation. Support this ministry with your gifts to JFON, UMCOR Advance # 901285.
*Not their real names
UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit umcor.org
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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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