The UMCOR Hotline
In Today's Hotline:
CENTRAL AMERICA: Tropical Storm Agatha Relief
US: Making a Difference in Tennessee
US: Gulf Coast Oil Spill
HAITI: Envisioning a New Development Program
US: Know Your Status
US: Tornados Rip through Ohio
CENTRAL AMERICA: TROPICAL STORM AGATHA RELIEF
When Tropical Storm Agatha slammed into Central America on May 29, it left a trail of destruction from Guatemala to Nicaragua. Hardest hit was Guatemala, with 174 dead, 113 missing, 147 injured, and 162,857 survivors evacuated and displaced from their homes. More than 22,000 homes were damaged.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with the ACT Alliance through Central America partner the Conference of Evangelical Churches of Guatemala (CIEDEG) to provide immediate relief and long-term recovery. It is estimated that recovery from the storm will take at least a full year.
Your gift to Central America Emergency, UMCOR Advance #501300 supports these efforts.
US: MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN TENNESSEE
“I can’t tell you how hard it is to return to a flooded home and throw your belongings to a curb,” wrote Pamela Miller of Nashville, Tennessee, in an email message to UMCOR. “I was so moved by the kindness of the churches.”
Pamela’s family is one of 40,000 families affected by the May floods in Nashville; thousands more were affected in Memphis. “What a useful thing your [cleaning] bucket was,” she said. “I quickly tied a clothesline and hung things out to dry. The cleaning supplies and everything in it was useful.”
Your gift for US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670 makes a real difference in the lives of people dealing with the aftermath of emergencies like the Tennessee floods. Your support is urgently needed.
US: GULF COAST OIL SPILL
Almost five years after hurricanes wreaked havoc on the US Gulf Coast, residents thought they were reaching recovery. But when a British Petroleum oil rig ruptured, taking the lives of 11 workers and leaking millions of gallons of crude each day into the gulf and onto beaches, new troubles set in.
Congregations in Louisiana, Mississippi, and West Florida are mobilizing to provide the affected with spiritual and emotional care and with special attention to children. School kits for children returning to classes in the fall are in demand, as parents struggle to meet family needs and deal with the loss of livelihoods in the fishing and tourism industries.
Given the specialized nature of the cleanup, volunteers are not being asked to mobilize. As UMCOR works with Annual Conferences in the affected areas to assess needs and appropriate responses, your prayers and solidarity are requested.
HAITI: ENVISIONING A NEW DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
An UMCOR delegation headed by Director Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey meets this week in Port-au-Prince with Methodist Church of Haiti (EMH) representatives to envision a new, post-earthquake development program led by the Haitian church.
The meeting, which concludes tomorrow, will create working groups to assist EMH’s long-range planning in services related to agriculture, micro-credit and micro-enterprise, health, and literacy and adult education.
Your gift for Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325 helps the people of Haiti rebuild homes, places of worship, and their lives after the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010.
US: KNOW YOUR STATUS
Sharon, 30, from Kansas was afraid she might be HIV-positive. She visited a doctor at E.C. Tyree Health and Dental Clinic, a ministry supported by the Kansas West Annual Conference and the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund.
At the clinic Sharon received information about HIV transmission, treatment, and testing. She agreed to be tested for HIV rather than continue to live in fear. She was relieved when the test came back negative.
Fear and anxiety hinder many people from learning the truth about their status. June 27 is HIV-testing Day . Support programs like that at E.C. Tyree Clinic that help people understand their health options in a positive way. And give to United Methodist Global AIDS Fund, UMCOR Advance #982345.
US:TORNADOES RIP THROUGH OHIO
A category-three twister was among a series of tornadoes that charged through Ohio on June 5, killing six people and destroying more than 100 homes. Total damages have been estimated at more than $100 million.
With support from UMCOR, disaster response teams of the West Ohio Annual Conference are mobilizing to help survivors of the tornadoes, particularly in the counties of Wood, Fulton, Ottawa, and Lucas, which took the brunt of the storms.
Your gift for US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670 helps the people of Ohio and of other parts of the country piece their lives back together after severe weather events like this one.
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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