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  • August 10, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*PAKISTAN: Monsoons, Flood Relief Update

*HAITI: Head of Mission and Other Job Postings

*REFUGEE MINISTRY: Haitian Evacuees Receive UMCOR Support

*JFON: Immigration Clinic Opens in North Carolina

*CHILE: Material and Emotional Aid for Earthquake Survivors


Rain and severe flooding pushed into a second week in Pakistan. Already the casualties and damages were great: as many as 1,600 deaths, 2 million driven from their homes, and roads, bridges, and crop destroyed. Concern for the spread of waterborne illnesses and starvation is high as the crisis continues.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is responding to the emergency in collaboration with its partners on the ground in Pakistan, including the Church of Pakistan, Church World Service, GlobalMedic, and Muslim Aid.

Rain and flash floods continue in Pakistan, and some areas where floodwaters had receded were inundated again over the weekend. More than 14 million Pakistanis have been affected by the disaster.

UMCOR grants are providing clean drinking water, food, temporary shelter, and medical aid to tens of thousands of people affected by the crisis. Download church resources, including a church bulletin insert, a PowerPoint slide, and a prayer of petition to share with your church community.

Your gift to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450, will help UMCOR address the needs of the most vulnerable populations affected by the flooding. Please indicate Pakistan Emergency on the memo line of your check. Online Giving


UMCOR is seeking qualified and experienced professionals to fill a number of key senior positions in Haiti and help advance the organization’s relief and long-term recovery work there, following the January 12 earthquake.

Positions are open for a Head of Mission, Shelter and Reconstruction Coordinator; and a Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Coordinator.

Please feel free to share this information so that UMCOR can fill these key positions with highly qualified, experienced and committed individuals. For more information, please visit UMCOR’s Job and Volunteer Opportunities website.


UMCOR’s Refugee Ministry is supporting 50 of the most vulnerable cases of Haitians who were seriously injured in the January earthquake and who have been admitted to the United States for medical care.

Through partner Church World Service, UMCOR funding will ensure medical services not covered by US or municipal governments. It will also assist evacuees and their accompanying relatives with housing and transportation needs for those who are disabled, and with meals, medical supplies, and pharmaceuticals.

Learn more about UMCOR’s Refugee Ministry here. To support UMCOR’s work in Haiti and with Haitian medical evacuees in the United States, please give to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325. Online Giving


UMCOR’s Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) program has opened a Peace with Justice Office just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, a partnership between the North Carolina and Western North Carolina annual conferences.

“I am trying to connect clergy and laity and attorneys and paralegals in this welcoming ministry of hospitality and the delivery of high quality legal services,” said Patricia Pegram, full-time regional attorney at the clinic that operates out of St. Matthew's United Methodist Church.

Read more at JFON’s First Monday newsletter. To support this important ministry, give to Justice for Our Neighbors, UMCOR Advance #901285. Online Giving


Among the most vulnerable people affected by the massive February 27 earthquake in Chile is the hidden population of migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees, many of whom live in the old section of Santiago, the Chilean capital.

The precariousness of their living situations, insecurity of informal work, social isolation, and earlier experiences of trauma, racism, and xenophobia all were exacerbated following the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that killed 500 people, destroyed homes, and disabled roads and bridges.

UMCOR is working with the Methodist Church of Chile’s refugee assistance program to supply these communities with financial and livelihood support, and to offer them a safe space for self-care. To support UMCOR’s work in Chile please give to Chile Emergency, UMCOR Advance #3021178. 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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