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  • May 04, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*US: UMCOR Sends Aid as Tornadoes, Storms Accost South

*WORLD: Layette Kits for New Mothers

*HAITI: UMCOR Health Surveys Needs

*US: UMCOR Speakers Address United Methodist Women's Assembly

*WORLD: World Fair Trade Day is May 8

*EVENT: Lighten the Burden III


UMCOR sent relief aid to the Mississippi Annual Conference responding to needs there after multiple tornadoes swept through 17 counties on April 23. Severe weather again struck the southeast last weekend when thunderstorms, flooding and high winds believed to be tornadoes raged through Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky on Saturday and Sunday, causing widespread destruction.

Nashville, TN, saw more than 13 inches of rain fall over the two days. A shipment of Cleaning Buckets left UMCOR Sager Brown Depot on Monday morning, heading to Tennessee. Click here to learn how you can help provide these material resources. 

 The spring storm season is upon us. Please pray for those who have suffered losses in these early storms and help UMCOR respond with your gift to US Domestic Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670. Online Giving


Women in Haiti—and other countries—are giving birth in conditions far from ideal. Layette kits and birthing kits provide necessary resources for mothers and infants and are in great demand as Haitians begin to rebuild their lives.

This Mother’s Day, May 9, assemble layette kits and birthing kits and help new mothers welcome their babies. Or donate toward the purchase of these supplies to UMCOR’s Material Resources Ministry, UMCOR Advance #901440. Online Giving 


UMCOR Health executives Patricia Magyar and Bridget Hayes spent a week in Haiti assessing health needs and preparing a detailed proposal of responses. “There was a deficit in health care in Haiti before the earthquake,” Magyar said, “which was only exacerbated afterward.”

The two executives met with Methodist Church of Haiti (EMH) President Rev. Gesner Paul and with health partners at Grace Children’s Hospital, Hospital Bienfaisance, Curamericas, and Global Health Action. They also visited projects run by Healing Hands and MediShare.

“Our goal,” said Hayes, “was to get the biggest picture possible of the current state of health services, as well as of the needs of the institutions we visited. 

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. Online Giving 


Representatives of UMCOR Health, Refugee Ministry and Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) were among the speakers at the United Methodist Women’s Assembly 2010 held in St. Louis, Missouri last week.

UMCOR Health executive Dr. Cherian Thomas offered an in-depth look at the causes and consequences of malaria, a preventable disease that nevertheless takes the life of one of every five children in Africa. He presented opportunities for United Methodists to join the fight against malaria.

“You Really Can Change the Life of a Refugee Family!” was the subject of Naomi Madsen’s presentation. Madsen, UMCOR executive in charge of Refugee Ministry, offered workshop participants an opportunity to walk in a refugee’s shoes via a simulation.

And JFON attorney Danny Upton offered a presentation on immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers entitled, “Responding in Faith to the Sojourners in our midst.” Immigration has become a hot-button issue since Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law a bill aimed at undocumented workers. United Methodist Women in St. Louis and many other cities across the nation rallied on Saturday to protest the law.

Health, Refugee Ministry and JFON are just some aspects of UMCOR’s work. Your gift to UMCOR Advance #999895 supports them all. Online Giving


When you purchase fair trade products like coffee, tea, or cocoa through UMCOR Coffee Project and its partner Equal Exchange, you help farmers stay on their land, care for the environment, support their families, and send their children to school.

“Fair Trade Your Hope” is the theme of this year’s World Fair Trade Day, May 8. Learn more about fair trade by visiting Equal Exchange, downloading a church bulletin, and watching a short video. Then help build awareness in your community or congregation and support UMCOR-SA&D, Advance #982188 with your gift. Online Giving


What is the church’s role in responding to the HIV/AIDS crisis? How do women with HIV/AIDS approach family planning? How do young people engage the topic of HIV in their generation?

These are some of the topics to be explored at the upcoming Lighten the Burden III and international United Methodist Conference on HIV/AIDS sponsored by United Methodist Global AIDS Fund with support from several United Methodist general agencies.

The purpose of Lighten the Burden III is to help create an AIDS-free world through ACTION: Advocacy, Combating HIV, Training, Increasing awareness, Overcoming apathy, and Nurturing a Christ-centered and church-oriented global health initiative.)

To register go to before Sept. 20. For more information contact, Linda Bales Todd, General Board of Church & Society, or 202-488-5649. Give to the UM Global AIDS Fund, UMCOR Advance #982345. 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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