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  • June 08, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*ZIMBABWE: Food for the Hungry

*US: Transition in Tennessee

*JFON: Helping a War Orphan Realize His Dream

*SOUTH AFRICA: Reaching for the World Cup


In January, at the peak of the hunger season, an estimated 1.9 million Zimbabweans required food aid to stave off starvation.

This spring, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) partnered with the United Methodist Church of Zimbabwe (UMCZ) to distribute maize meal to more than 16,300 households in the church’s 12 districts. From March to May, a total of 408 metric tons of maize meal was distributed. Read more.

Much more assistance is still needed in Zimbabwe. Your gift to Zimbabwe Emergency, UMCOR Advance #199456 will help the people of this southern Africa nation. Online Giving


June will be a month of transition from cleanup to rebuilding after historic floods in Tennessee damaged or destroyed homes and businesses last month. For those who can’t afford the costs of recovery, though, the wait goes on.

“West of Nashville, all the way to the Mississippi River—that’s 150 miles—the people live isolated, devastated, and proud. The money people donate will help us get to them and serve them,” said UMCOR Disaster Response Consultant Christy Smith.

Read more about the hoped for transition from relief to recovery in Tennessee and about hardships that still lie ahead for those affected by the flooding. A church bulletin insert and a PowerPoint slide are available for your use. To learn how you can supply much needed cleaning buckets, please click here.

Your gift to US Domestic Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670, helps the most vulnerable people affected by the May floods to rebuild their homes and their lives. Please give generously. Online Giving


Michael Fombang was just 12 years old and orphaned by war in the Democratic Republic of Congo when he fled and began to work on freighters that traveled the world. When one of these freighters docked in the Great Lakes, US immigration authorities took him into custody, presuming he was a stowaway.

His stowaway status made Fombang ineligible for asylum, but his foster parents in the US and a Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) attorney helped him to secure immigration status. Fombang became a permanent resident and completed his college education. Now he is applying to medical school.

Read JFON’s First Monday newsletter and learn more about this important ministry. Your support for Justice for Our Neighbors, UMCOR Advance #901285 will help other immigrants to be reunited with their families, secure immigration status, and enjoy the right to work. Online Giving


Upper Room Ministries is offering HIV/AIDS resources to thousands of soccer fans and players at the 2010 World Cup, which is being held in South Africa this month.

Prayers for Encouragement: Hope for Persons Living with HIV and AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis, and Other Serious Diseases will be made available to sports fans from 32 different countries who will attend the games.

The publication of Prayers for Encouragement is made possible through an UMCOR grant via the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund. Give to UM Global AIDS Fund, UMCOR Advance #982345 to support programs that work toward an AIDS-free world. 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.

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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