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  • April 20, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*CHINA: Earthquake Rocks Qinghai Province

*GLOBAL: World Malaria Day This Sunday

*HAITI: UMCOR Designates $10.4 Million for Reconstruction

*UMCOR: Board Names New UMCOR Leader

*ZIMBABWE: Emergency Food Grant

*CHILE: Earthquake Update


The death toll continues to rise after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Qinghai Province in China on Wednesday morning, April 14. Estimates put the number of dead at more than 2,000, with 195 still missing, and 12,135 injured.

UMCOR partner The Amity Foundation dispatched a delegation to Qinghai Province within 24 hours of the disaster to carry out a needs assessment and to deliver instant noodles, water, blankets and tents to survivors.

It took the Amity team 17 hours to reach remote Gyegu Township, seat of Yushu County and epicenter of the quake. They traveled through mountains, freezing temperatures—about 1 degree Fahrenheit—and taxing altitude.

Amity Assistant General Secretary He Wen reported that about 1,000 families had taken refuge in a local horse racing stadium and that many of these survivors still lacked tents, leaving them exposed to the cold and wind. Food remains in short supply.

Please give to International Disaster Response, China Earthquake, UMCOR Advance #982450 to help the earthquake survivors. Click the button to give now online


The United Methodist Church’s “Imagine No Malaria” Campaign, a focus of the United Methodist Global Health Initiative, kicked off World Malaria Day by distributing 30,000 long-lasting insecticide-treated nets to vulnerable communities throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

UMCOR Health’s Community-Based Malaria Control Program, the United Nation Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, and Coalition Religieuse pour la Santé (CORESA) of Lubumbashi, DRC, partnered in DRC to increase awareness about this deadly, yet preventable disease that kills nearly one in five children in Africa.  

This Sunday is World Malaria Day. Visit UMCOR’s World Malaria Day 2010 webpage. Download and share UMCOR’s World Malaria Day church bulletin and Stop Malaria Now PowerPoint slide, and use Nets and Knowledge, an informative photo slide show on UMCOR’s malaria work in Liberia, to inform your congregation.

You can also observe this day with your gifts to Community-Based Malaria Control, UMCOR Advance # 982009. Online Giving


In their semi-annual meeting last week, UMCOR’s board of directors approved $10.4 million for the organization’s Help Haiti Rebuild program and $565,000 to support United Methodist Volunteers in Mission’s coordination of US volunteers there.

UMCOR’s disaster recovery efforts in Haiti would not be possible without the generosity of United Methodists and the many people of goodwill who have helped UMCOR raise more than $19.8 million to date. Read more about how your gifts are making a difference for the people of Haiti.

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


Another outcome of the April 13 board of directors meeting was the confirmation of The Reverend Cynthia Fierro Harvey as the new head of UMCOR. Harvey, a pastor from Texas, succeeds Rev. Sam Dixon, who was killed in the January 12 earthquake in Haiti.

Harvey has a background in the local church, international health ministries, domestic disaster relief, and organizational management. She assumes her duties May 1.


UMCOR directors also approved $214,564 for emergency food distribution to 16,000 needy families in Zimbabwe.

The allocation, part of which already has been sent to the southern Africa nation, will purchase a total of 408 metric tons of maize meal that will be distributed to the most vulnerable households in the 12 districts of the United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe.  

Please give to UMCOR Advance #199456 to support those most in need in Zimbabwe. Online Giving


Before Paulina Muñoz directed the adult Sunday school at the Methodist Church of Parral in Chile, she led the children’s Sunday school for years. Realizing that the children needed a meeting room of their own, Muñoz invited them to bring their pennies to church and deposit them in a piggy bank that ultimately would finance the project.

With the help, too, of the adults of the congregation, the children saved enough money to build their Sunday school room. Construction was well under way when the massive earthquake of February 27 struck, severely damaging the church—but leaving the children’s Sunday school room intact. 

 That room became the worship space and a source of hope for a congregation that, like the surrounding community, continues to be traumatized by the earthquake and its many aftershocks. Between 40 and 50 percent of the homes in Parral were damaged or destroyed by the quake that measured a huge 8.8 magnitude.

You can be there, be hope for the people in Chile through your financial support of Chile Emergency, UMCOR Advance #3021178. 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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