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  • September 14, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*Event: Lighten the Burden III Registration Deadline Nears

*JFON: Success Story

*US: Connecting Neighbors Leadership Training

*Haiti: EMH Disaster Relief Office

*Pakistan: School’s Out


The September 20 early registration deadline for Lighten the Burden III an international AIDS conference, is fast approaching. Sponsored by the United Methodist Church Global AIDS Fund Committee, the conference will be held in Dallas, Texas, October 14 – 16, 2010.

Though participants may register after September 20, hotel accommodations cannot be guaranteed after that date.

Act now and make a difference toward achieving an AIDS-free world. Register now for Lighten the Burden III. For conference details, visit the Lighten the Burden III website, and please support this work with your gift to UM Global AIDS Fund, UMCOR Advance # 982345. Online Giving


Nicolas Solorzano* fled the violence in his native Guatemala in 1989, leaving behind his pregnant wife, Violeta *. He sought asylum in the US, but missed his interview and then an immigration hearing, and was ordered deported for failure to appear. He never received notice of either appointment.

Reunited with his family in Lincoln, Nebraska, Solorzano sought help to resolve his case from Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON), a program of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). His case was resolved earlier this year, and he and Violeta are now legal permanent residents.

JFON connects a national network of church-based, volunteer-led immigration clinics to asylum seekers and immigrants who need help navigating the rules and laws that affect their lives in the United States. Read JFON’s First Monday newsletter and please give to JFON, UMCOR Advance #901285. Online Giving

*not their real names


When disaster strikes, how does an annual conference organize a response? Connecting Neighbors Leadership Training was designed by UMCOR’s US Disaster Response program to help conferences develop efficient, effective disaster response ministries in local churches.

Connecting Neighbors is a two-day workshop that contemplates seven steps to help a local congregation establish and maintain a disaster ministry. The steps include: Family Preparedness, Gathering Community Information/Resources, and Writing a Plan.

This fall, a Connecting Neighbors training will take place in and Mobile, Alabama. To see a full menu of UMCOR’s US Disaster Response workshops, click here. Your gift to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670, supports UMCOR’s training and relief work in the United States. Online Giving


An UMCOR grant to Église Methodiste d’Haiti (EMH) will help the Methodist Church of Haiti establish a disaster relief office to attend to survivors of the January 12 earthquake.

In addition to EMH Disaster Unit staff, the office will also accommodate the UMCOR/Haiti Church Liaison and United Methodist Volunteers in Mission coordinator.

Eight months after the quake, millions of Haitians remain in need of the basics: food, water, shelter, and livelihood. Your gift to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325, helps the most vulnerable survivors of the disaster. Online Giving


While children in the United States return to classes, their counterparts in Pakistan have little chance of going to school in flood-affected areas of their country.

Some 11,000 schools have been destroyed by floodwaters in Pakistan, UNICEF reported. More than 6,000 schools still standing are being used to shelter Pakistanis who have been displaced by the disaster.

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