The UMCOR Hotline
In Today's Hotline:
HAITI: EMH: Journey Has Just Begun
CHILE: Model Recovery Plan
TURKEY: UMCOR Sends Emergency Aid
US: UMCOR Responds to Floods, Tornadoes
GLOBAL: World Malaria Day is April 25
HAITI: EMH: JOURNEY HAS JUST BEGUN
A high-ranking General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) delegation spent the first days of Holy Week in Haiti with The Reverend Gesner Paul, head of the Methodist Church of Haiti (EMH), to express the US church’s solidarity and strengthen the relationship between GBGM and EMH for the long term.
Bishop Bruce Ough, president of GBGM, and Rev. Jorge Domingues, deputy general secretary for Mission and Evangelism, were accompanied by Melissa Hinnen, director of communications of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
The delegation toured EMH offices in Petionville and visited Grace Children’s Hospital, where the young patients are currently being cared for in tents because of damages to the hospital’s buildings during the January 12 earthquake.
“We thank you for all you have done for us in Haiti. We thank you for UMCOR’s return to Haiti for the medium and long term,” said Rev. Paul. “As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord, we remember the journey has just begun.”
UMCOR is developing a bridge between EMH-identified needs and the relief and development work of UMCOR’s field office in Haiti, Bishop Ough said. GBGM’s Mission and Evangelism office will partner with EMH to build the church’s capacity “to be a beacon for Haiti,” he added. An April 20 roundtable in the Dominican Republic will further flesh out needs and responses. Read the full story here.
Gifts to support UMCOR’s Haiti relief and recovery work can be made to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325.One hundred percent of gifts made to this advance will help the people of Haiti.
CHILE: MODEL RECOVERY PLAN
Following a Holy Week tour of earthquake disaster sites in Chile, executives of UMCOR and GBGM’s Mission Relationships are working on a “model” recovery plan with the Methodist Church of Chile (IMECH).
The plan was discussed Holy Saturday in Santiago after the executives, Rev. Tom Hazelwood for UMCOR and Dakin Cook for Mission Relationships, traveled with IMECH Bishop Mario Martínez Tapia and Emergency Relief Coordinator Juan Salazar to 14 cities and towns in four days. They were accompanied by United Methodist missionary John Elmore, a builder, who has lived in Chile for 13 years.
Under the plan, Annual Conferences and churches in the US would develop covenant relationships with individual congregations in Chile, and recovery efforts would be jointly coordinated by UMCOR, Mission Relationships, United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, and IMECH.
While the plan needs donations to support recovery efforts, it gives US congregations the opportunity to see themselves “not as donors only but as engaged in ministry,” said Hazelwood.
The earthquake in Chile registered a powerful 8.8 and was followed by a series of tsunamis. More than 500 were killed or disappeared and 1.5 million were displaced from their homes in Santiago and locations south of the capital.
Bishop Martínez called the effects of the earthquake “deceptive,” as many buildings that remained standing in its wake suffered irreparable structural damage, including numerous Methodist churches. Read the full story here.
You can support recovery efforts in Chile with your donation to UMCOR’s Chile Emergency, UMCOR Advance #3021178.
TURKEY: UMCOR SENDS EMERGENCY AID
As the earth remained unsettled in 2010, an earthquake struck Turkey on March 8, killing 57 and injuring hundreds. The epicenter was in the town of Basyurt and surrounding villages, where 287 buildings collapsed, 700 were damaged, and 5,000 people were left homeless. Most of the affected villages depend upon their livestock for their living, and these losses are estimated in the thousands.
The Turkish Red Crescent Society and the International Blue Crescent set up a temporary camp in Basyurt, in the middle of the ruined villages, to respond to the needs of survivors. UMCOR is assisting with a grant for food, hygiene materials and blankets.
Additional support will be needed as the economic impact of the quake begins to be felt and heavy spring rains are expected to inundate the area.
You can support recovery efforts in Turkey with your contribution to UMCOR International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450.
US: UMCOR RESPONDS TO FLOODS, TORNADOES
Heavy rains in New Jersey and tornados in North Carolina ushered in spring 2010, leaving hundreds of families in both states to deal with the aftermath.
After record snowfalls in New Jersey, a month’s worth of rain fell in 48 hours in mid-March, causing the Raritan, Passaic and other rivers to overflow their banks and impacting 400 families in the town of Bound Brook alone. UMCOR has responded with an emergency grant to the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference request for assistance for those affected.
On March 28, tornadoes raced through the High Point and Lexington districts of the Western North Carolina Conference, impacting the homes of more than 200 families. District Disaster Response Committees in both districts responded with relief aid. UMCOR is supplying additional assistance to help with the recovery, which is expected to take up to 20 months.
Your support for UMCOR Domestic Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670 , will help these and other US areas recover from catastrophic events.
GLOBAL: WORLD MALARIA DAY RESOURCES
About 3.3 billion people, half of the world's population, are at risk of malaria. Every 30 seconds a child dies of this preventable and curable disease.
Through UMCOR’s Community-Based Malaria Control Program, group discussions, outreach programs and educational workshops are helping people learn the truth about malaria, its causes and lifesaving prevention techniques.
Observe World Malaria Day on April 25. Use these available resources and share vital information with your local congregation. View Nets and Knowledge photo slide show, download World Malaria Day, UMCOR's new church bulletin, or present UMCOR’s Help Stop Malaria PowerPoint slide show located on this same web page to collect a special offering on Sundays.
You can also support malaria prevention work by giving to Community-Based Malaria Control Program, UMCOR Advance #982009.
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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