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  • May 25, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*US: Tennessee Flood Update

*HAITI: Emergency School Tents

*UMCOR: Seventy Years of Relief, Hope, and Ministry

*GLOBAL: World Refugee Day is June 20

*GEORGIA: Farming with Quality Seeds

US: TENNESSEE FLOOD UPDATE

Ashland, Carthage and Centerville, Dyersburg and Millington may be towns unfamiliar to many across the United States, but they are among the scores of towns in Tennessee that continue to deal with the aftermath of record-breaking floods earlier this month. Twenty-four people died and 45 counties were declared disaster areas.

While local churches open their doors to host volunteer work teams, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is on the ground helping the Tennessee and Memphis Conferences develop processes for coordinating response to the disaster and for offering spiritual and emotional care.

No longer grabbing national headlines, the historic floods in Tennessee have left an aftermath of need for repair and rebuilding. Click here to learn how you and your community can provide cleaning buckets and please give generously to US Domestic Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670. Online Giving

HAITI: EMERGENCY SCHOOL TENTS

Hundreds of school administrators and teachers and thousands of students perished in Haiti’s Department l’Ouest during the January 12 earthquake. Schools in the province were damaged or completely destroyed, leaving surviving children with no class to go to, and teachers unable to teach.

UMCOR is responding by setting up emergency classroom tents for six primary schools in Tabarre Issa and one in Corail, which will benefit a total of 1,870 students and 52 teachers. UMCOR also will provide chairs, desks, and tables, as well as school kits from UMCOR Sager Brown relief depot.

Since the earthquake four months ago, generous donors have given more than $33 million to UMCOR’s relief and recovery work in Haiti. Much more will be needed as the Haitian people rebuild over the coming years. One hundred percent of your gift supports these efforts. Please give to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325. Click the button to give now online

UMCOR: SEVENTY YEARS OF RELIEF, HOPE AND MINISTRY

In 1940, Bishop Herbert Welch issued a challenge to establish a “voice of conscience among Methodists to act in relief of human suffering….” Since June 2 of that year, United Methodists have responded to the challenge, spreading hope to vulnerable people, through UMCOR.

United Methodists continue to be the hands and feet of Christ when they welcome the stranger, promote global health, rebuild homes and lives affected by civil and natural disasters, and assemble school kits and other resources for people around the world.

In honor of the agency’s 70th anniversary , UMCOR has captured a glimpse of its ministry of love, hope and action through UMCOR’s 70 Years of Hope photo slideshow presentation. Watch now and celebrate UMCOR’s 70th birthday by sharing this presentation with your church and giving to UMCOR Undesignated, Advance #999895, which helps meet the most urgent needs around the world. Online Giving

GLOBAL: WORLD REFUGEE DAY IS JUNE 20

Dawn Evans and her husband Chris wanted to get involved in hospitality ministry when they moved to their new home in Hanover, Pennsylvania. They became interested in refugee resettlement and, with their pastor’s support, they invited the Lohr’s Memorial United Methodist congregation to help.

Before long, Lohr’s UMC welcomed not one family from Bhutan but three. Evans and other congregants scrambled to locate apartments and furnish them for a total of 17 refugees. “It has been such a blessing,” Evans said. Read the full story in the Refugee Ministry Newsletter.

World Refugee Day is June 20. Share UMCOR resources with your congregation. Download a World Refugee Day poster, web banner, children’s sermon, and PowerPoint slide now. Learn more about this ministry by clicking here. And please, support refugee resettlement with your gift to New Hope for Newcomers, UMCOR Advance #901779. Online Giving

GEORGIA: FARMING WITH QUALITY SEEDS

Most families in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region of the Republic of Georgia rely on potato farming as their main source of income, but local potato seeds are often diseased and yield little. Farmers work the harsh landscape by hand and barely harvest a subsistence crop.

For Nino Martineko, wife and mother of two and the head of the plant growers’ association in her village, Kotelia, buying high quality seeds was a costly necessity—until the association partnered with UMCOR to develop locally produced, high quality, virus-less seeds.

With support from the Modern Agricultural Quest (MAQ) project, Nino and 400 other farmers now have access to affordable, virus-less seeds and can produce the seeds independently. Your gift to Georgia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #250305 supports this project and others like it that benefit the most vulnerable in Georgia. Online Giving

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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