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  • August 31, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*AFGHANISTAN: UMCOR Responds to Flash Floods

*PAKISTAN: Flood-affected Areas Still Growing

*US: Katrina, Five Years Later

*GLOBAL: 10-Fold Movement Participant’s Guide


The same torrential rains wreaking havoc on Pakistan are also causing destruction and displacement in neighboring Afghanistan. Some 106 people died and thousands of homes were destroyed in 15 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces due to flash flooding over the past month.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), together with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), provided tents to the 800 affected families in the Mohammed Agha District of Logar province who lost their homes in the flooding, meeting 100 percent of the need for temporary shelter.

UMCOR continues to assess the damages in Logar, particularly to water sources, and the need for more permanent housing, as part of its ongoing response to the emergency.

Your gift to Afghanistan Emergency, UMCOR Advance #602225, helps UMCOR respond to these and other urgent needs. Online Giving


Flood-affected areas of Pakistan are equal to the “entire size of England, Bangladesh, or Cuba” and continue to grow, according to the United Nations. Some 17.2 million people are “significantly affected,” 1.2 million homes are destroyed, and 800,000 people are completely cut off by floodwaters.

At the end of last week, more than a million people were evacuated from threatened towns in Sindh province, said news reports. A total of six million people have been displaced since the flooding began more than a month ago.

UMCOR is working with partners Church World Service, Muslim Aid, and GlobalMedic in Pakistan, and last week supplied a new grant to GlobalMedic to bring medical aid, via an inflatable field hospital, and clean water to Punjab province.

Your help is urgently needed. Please give to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450, and earmark your check for Pakistan Emergency. Online Giving


Sunday, August 29, marked the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged the US Gulf Coast of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The most destructive storm in US history, Katrina caused 1,800 deaths, drove more than a million people from their homes, and provoked $125 billion in damages.

United Methodist Bishop William W. Hutchinson of Louisiana said UMCOR was there from the start. “UMCOR workers have never left our side,” he wrote in a UMNS commentary. “They have shepherded us through five years of response. They are still with us, as United Methodists are still fully engaged in recovery—the last of the major denominations on the ground.”

“I feel UMCOR has been faithful to our constituents and good stewards of the donations they entrusted to us,” Rev. Tom Hazelwood, UMCOR executive for US disaster response, wrote in a blog. “Lives of both those who received assistance and those who volunteered were touched, and, I pray, God was glorified."

The 2010 hurricane season is underway. Your gift to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670, helps those in the United States who are affected by storms, floods, and other disasters. Online Giving


Imagine a movement that mobilizes tens of thousands of people in ten days to multiply God’s work. The movement is 10-Fold, and a participant’s guide tells you how it works—and how you can be a part of it.

10-Fold is an online educational campaign that highlights some of UMCOR’s ministries. Join us October 10 – 19, 2010, at when we bring UMCOR and other Advance projects to your doorstep through webcasts, streaming video, online chats, and other media.

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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