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  • June 01, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*UMCOR: Seventy Years of Hope, and Counting

*CENTRAL AMERICA: Storm, Flooding Leave Death and Destruction

*AFGHANISTAN: Gift of Water

*US: Tennessee Relief and Recovery

*GLOBAL: World Refugee Day is June 20

*HAITI: New Resource Available


The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) celebrates its seventieth anniversary this week with great expectation for the future. “Our ability to reach out is greater than ever before,” said UMCOR leader Rev. Cynthia Harvey.

Harvey attributed UMCOR’s increased reach to accumulated experience and partnerships with annual conferences, congregations, and other nongovernmental organizations. “When we partner together, we pool resources, leverage efforts, and have a greater impact than any of us could have singly,” she said.

UMCOR’s 70 Years of Hope slideshow offers a glimpse of the organization’s ministry of love, hope and action. Watch now and share this presentation with your church. See a timeline celebrating UMCOR’s 70th anniversary, and give generously to UMCOR Undesignated, Advance #999895, and help meet the most urgent needs around the world. Online Giving


Tropical Storm Agatha swept through Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras over the weekend, leaving a total of 146 people dead and dozens missing. In Guatemala, 94,000 people were evacuated, sinkholes opened up in the capital and a highway bridge near the capital was swept away by floodwaters.

Agatha is the first named storm of the Pacific hurricane season. UMCOR is assessing damages and preparing to respond. Your gift to International  Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450 will help the people of Central America and others in crisis around the world. Online Giving 


War in Afghanistan in the 1980s chased Masoom, a farmer, and millions of his compatriots into Pakistan. The land in his native Duuda Must village lay abandoned and its underground irrigation system, or kariz, collapsed. Eighty percent of the farmland in Duuda Must is fed by the karizes.

Masoom and other villagers returned to Afghanistan in 2002, hoping to reverse decades of damage to the karizes and to their farmlands. With the help of UMCOR Afghanistan, much of the kariz system was repaired, and villagers now have access to clean water for drinking and irrigation. The repaired karizes also will sustain the return of other displaced Afghanis back to their homes. Read the full story.

“Now we have more water for cultivation and get more benefit from the land,” Masoon said. More repairs are pending. Your gift to Afghanistan Emergency, UMCOR Advance #602225 will support this and other projects in this war-torn country. Online Giving 


Antioch United Methodist Church and some 20 other area churches southeast of Nashville are moving into the second phase of cleanup following massive flooding in Tennessee a month ago. But, said Pastor Jay Voorhees, it will be at least another two years before Antioch is fully restored. “It’s said that for every week of relief work, there’s a corresponding week of recovery,” Voorhees said.

Volunteers spent the better part of May removing wet furniture, tearing down drywall, and ripping up the flooring of homes damaged by floodwaters. Next they will sanitize the homes and treat them with chemicals to keep mold from forming. When the homes dry out, then, finally, rebuilding can begin.

Cleaning buckets are still urgently needed, as is monetary support to continue the cleanup and begin repairs and rebuilding. Your gift to US Domestic Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670 will help the people of Tennessee rebuild their homes and places of worship. Online Giving 


When Samila and her husband Resid came to the United States in 1997 from post-war Bosnia, their daughters Melisa and Anisa were 8 and 2 years old. Helping the family adjust to their new country was Phyllis Fye’s first experience in refugee resettlement.

As Fye, now Refugee and Immigration coordinator for the Central New York Annual Conference, helped the family shop for groceries, transported them to appointments, and listened to their concerns, a unique friendship developed among them. Read the full story in 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


Learn how UMCOR is partnering with the Methodist Church of Haiti to be a beacon of hope in the aftermath of the January 12 earthquake. United Methodists in our Wesleyan tradition are committed to meeting long-term needs in Haiti, walking and working with the people there for years to come.

Watch and share a new video resource that offers historical perspective and current insights into the partnerships that are a source of hope going forward. Gifts to support Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325 can be made online by visiting 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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