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  • June 15, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*INDONESIA: Flooding Forces Hundreds from Homes

*RESOURCES: World Refugee Day is June 20

*US: Recovery Concludes Nearly Five Years after Gulf Storms

*HAITI: Earthquake Relief Nears Six-month Mark

*EVENT: Empowering Ministries of Health Conference


Torrential rain and gale-force winds struck Banda Aceh in Indonesia June 5-6 and brought significant flooding to several villages. In Garot village, for example, 200 to 300 families were forced to abandon their homes, and 36 children from a local orphanage were also displaced.

UMCOR Indonesia worked with local partner Caritas Czech Republic to assist families in need, distributing sleeping mats and health kits to those displaced by the floodwaters. Read more.

Your gift to Indonesia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #217400 helps UMCOR respond to those affected by this emergency and supports UMCOR’s ongoing work with survivors of the 2004 tsunami and of the 30-year conflict that preceded it. Online Giving


Hattie and Glenn Lehigh are longtime participants in Calvary United Methodist Church’s refugee resettlement work in York, Penn. Hattie tries to imagine herself in a refugee’s shoes. “How would I cope in a strange place, where I didn’t know the language, culture or customs?” she said.

The Refugee Ministry of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) encourages and supports congregations seeking to help refugee families resettle in a new place. “It’s so wonderful to see family after family get on their feet and build a new life here in America,” said Glenn.

World Refugee Day is June 20. Share UMCOR resources with your congregation. Download a World Refugee Day poster, web banner, children’s sermon, church bulletin, and PowerPoint slide now. Learn more about this ministry by clicking here. Support refugee resettlement with your gift to New Hope for Newcomers, UMCOR Advance #901779. Click the button to give now online


After Hurricane Rita devastated southeast Texas in September 2005, the Texas Annual Conference together with UMCOR established a recovery office in the town of Beaumont. As the office neared completion of its task three years later, Hurricane Ike struck, and relief and recovery began anew.

Volunteer teams came from 44 states and Canada to help. A total of 10,467 volunteers repaired or rebuilt 929 homes, donating labor that would have cost more than $6.5 million, said Angela Baker of the Disaster Recovery Office. Next month, the office will conclude its nearly five-year effort.

Recovery from Hurricanes Katrina (2005), Rita and Ike continues in other parts of the Gulf Coast, in Louisiana, Mississippi, and parts of Texas, including the Houston/Galveston area.

Your gift to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670 will help UMCOR bring immediate relief and long-term recovery to communities affected by storms, tornadoes and other emergencies in the United States. Online Giving


It has been nearly six months since a 7.0-magnitude earthquake inflicted widespread destruction and death on Haiti. It was the most massive quake to strike the country in 200 years.

In April, United Nations Head of Mission Edmond Mulet revised casualty totals and said that the quake had taken the lives of 250,000 to 300,000 people, injured 300,000, and left more than a million homeless.

UMCOR has been on the scene in Haiti from the start, laying the groundwork for a long recovery. Generous donors have given more than $37.2 million to this effort, but more is needed. Your gift to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325, helps the people of Haiti rebuild their homes, places of worship, and, most importantly, their lives. Online Giving


Church leaders, clergy, health educators, and parish nurses are encouraged to attend the Empowering Ministries of Health conference, September 21-23, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The conference, sponsored by The United Methodist Church, will provide participants the opportunity to share information about successful health ministries; provide practical tools for developing a health ministry; and help participants to create a culture of wellness throughout the church.

Click here for full session descriptions and other event details, or download a flyer. The registration deadline is August 13. Your gift to Congregational Health Ministry, UMCOR Advance #3021045 supports health ministry education programs. 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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