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  • March 30, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*HAITI: Senior GBGM Officers Visit Haiti

*US: A Wave of Eco-Green

*DR CONGO: World Malaria Day

*JFON: Call to Immigrants: Be Counted!

*ARMENIA: A Decade of Care for The Elderly


Bishop Bruce Ough, President of the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM), is in Haiti meeting with The Reverend Gesner Paul, head of the Methodist Church in Haiti. Accompanying Bishop Ough is Rev. Jorge Dominguez, Deputy General Secretary for Mission & Evangelism, GBGM and Melissa Hinnen, UMCOR Communications Director. The goal of the visit is to express GBGM’s solidarity with the new church leadership and explore a holistic and long-term relationship.

Since the January 12 disaster, UMCOR has been responding to the needs of the people in Haiti via strategic partnerships with the United Nations, NGOs and the Methodist Church in Haiti. The Methodist Church in Haiti has been both a partner and a doorway to partners at the community level, facilitating not only the acquisition of office space for UMCOR but, also, the identification of the most vulnerable populations and of volunteers empowered to serve them.

"The people of Haiti have suffered so many human and natural disasters, but they have always shown strength and the ability to rebuild, said Bishop Ough. “ During this Holy Week, when we celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we extend the hand of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries to the Methodist Church in Haiti, helping them to share the message of Easter with this suffering country. United Methodists are responding with donations and volunteer work, and UMCOR is already delivering necessary relief. But the Methodist Church in Haiti will need our support to continue serving the Haitian people for years to come."

Gifts to support UMCOR’s Haiti relief and recovery work can be made online by visiting One hundred percent of gifts made to this advance will help the people of Haiti. Online Giving

Click here to subscribe to UMCOR’s Be There. Be Hope. In Haiti. newsletter and follow UMCOR’s earthquake response efforts in the Caribbean nation.


United Methodists turned up green this Palm Sunday, as hundreds of congregations across the US decided to wave Eco-palms during Sunday worship service.

This year, a total of 784,800 palm stems were purchased by more than 2,300 congregations nationwide. Nearly 154,000 eco-palm orders were from United Methodists.

Thank you United Methodists everywhere who raised an Eco-palm branch! Your purchases support the Eco-Palm Project, which sustains forestry, protects local jobs and helps preserve the livelihoods of small-scale farmers by ensuring fair wages. Please support projects like these by giving to UMCOR-SA&D, UMCOR Advance #982188. Online Giving


Mawazo, 27, lives in a small village near the town of Kamina in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She gave birth to her first child a year after her marriage, but over the next six years Mawazo miscarried four times. Each miscarriage was preceded by a debilitating high fever, most likely caused by malaria.

Malaria, a preventable, treatable disease, is one of the main causes of mortality and morbidity among pregnant women and young children in DRC. Around the world, more than 3.3 billion people are at risk of the mosquito-borne illness that kills nearly a million annually, mainly in the poorest countries.

UMCOR Health is providing grants from the United Methodist Malaria Control Program to educate and empower at-risk communities like Mawazo’s. The UMC encourages all United Methodists to participate in its “Imagine No Malaria” campaign, a focus of the United Methodist Global Health Initiative, which will kick off World Malaria Day, April 25.

UMCOR’s Community-based Malaria program supports United Methodist and ecumenical health workers and hospitals as they wrestle with malaria in Africa. The program provides comprehensive prevention plans tailored to local conditions, community training to prevent sickness, medication, and consultations for those who are ill or vulnerable.

Observe World Malaria Day on April 25 and participate in empowering communities and future generations with the knowledge to prevent malaria. Click here for church resources, and watch the Nets and Knowlege slide show. Give to UMCOR’s Community-Based Malaria Control Program, UMCOR Advance #982009. Click the button to give now online


Thursday is National Census Day, and UMCOR’s Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) immigration program is encouraging all immigrants, whatever their status, to be counted.

“JFON will actively promote census registration at each of our clinic sites,” said JFON-New York attorney Thomas Mills. “There is empowerment in being counted,” he stressed, “especially in a city where more than a third of the population is foreign-born.”

Undocumented immigrants are concerned the Census may compromise their safety. “All documented and undocumented immigrants, guest-workers, students, and permanent residents can safely take part in the count,” wrote Rev. Kelvin Sauls in an article for the General Board of Global Ministries, a partner with the Census Bureau in promoting a full counting of all who reside in the United States.

“The Census gives immigrants a voice and empowers them to use the data to support community initiatives that challenge racial profiling and the violation of their human rights,” he said.

Read the full story, “Be Counted. Jesus Was! And Help Others Get Counted” and visit the 2010 Census website for more information.

You can support JFON’s important immigration ministry, JFON, UMCOR Advance #901285. Online Giving


Mr. Vardges, a resident of Gyumri Elderly Home in Armenia, spends his days tenderly caring for the residence’s vegetable patch. Its bounty is his contribution to the wellbeing of his fellow seniors.

He is one of 157 people—many of them refugees, some otherwise homeless, or alone—who live at the home, which is supported by UMCOR through funding from the US Department of State.

“With decreased assistance from the international community, UMCOR is the only organization that continues to assist our efforts,” says director Olya Mkrtchyan. “For more than 10 years we have felt UMCOR’s love and support toward the marginalized members of our society.”

Although it’s been 22 years since an earthquake devastated the area, Gyumri, Armenia’s second largest city, is still recovering. UMCOR has focused its efforts on supporting seven state-run institutions, including the elderly home, schools, orphanages and a psychiatric hospital.

You can support Armenia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #250225. 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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