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  • September 28, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*GLOBAL: Meeting UN Millennium Development Goals

*CHILE: UMCOR Offers Disaster Preparedness Training

*LIBERIA: Operation Classroom

*US/Canada: Reverse Trick-or-Treating

*INDONESIA: UMCOR Facilitates Chili Harvest


The United Methodist Church (UMC) is the first faith-based partner of the United Nations Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and was recognized by the Global Fund at its Champions of Health event held at the United Nations last week.

The church destines 51 percent of funds raised through its own Global Health Initiative to the UN Global Fund, in addition to implementing malaria prevention programs, like Imagine No Malaria, through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

Held during the UN General Assembly and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Summit, the Champions of Health event was designed to raise awareness among world leaders about the need to fully support the Global Fund so that health-related MDGs can be achieved.

Read more about the Champions of Health event and remarks by UMC Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton, chair of the UM Global Health Initiative. Your gift to Imagine No Malaria, Advance #3021190, supports efforts to eliminate malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. Online Giving


UMCOR disaster response executives are in Chile this week to offer a follow-on workshop on disaster preparedness that builds on an October 2009 training of staff and volunteers of the Methodist Church of Chile (IMECH) and their experiences of the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Chile last February.

Executives Melissa Crutchfield and Rev. Tom Hazelwood are addressing 22 workshop attendees, members of IMECH’s Methodist Humanitarian Aid Team (EMAH), which was formed after the 2009 training—and just ahead of the earthquake—to respond to natural and human-made disasters.

EMAH Coordinator Juan Salazar said, “The October training was fundamental” to the church’s response to the massive earthquake, but that it is “just the beginning.” Your gift to Chile Emergency, UMCOR Advance #3021178, helps the people of Chile rebuild and prepare for future emergencies. Online Giving


Six years after civil war in Liberia came to an end the education system there still struggles to rebuild itself. “Almost every child in every classroom has missed out on years of learning,” says UNICEF.

Operation Classroom, which has been in place since before the 14 years of violence even began, upgrades the educational program in selected schools by providing teacher training, student scholarships, school construction projects, and supplies.

Your gift to Liberia Operation Classroom, Advance #3020494, supports UMCOR’s efforts to provide teacher training to instructors in vocational and technical schools, as well as other aspects of the program. Click the button to give now online


This Halloween, your little goblins can treat your neighbors to fair trade chocolate while also offering them a valuable lesson in human rights and ending poverty, child labor, and environmental abuses in the cocoa industry.

UMCOR, the General Board of Church and Society, and Equal Exchange encourage congregations to join thousands of groups in the US and Canada in a Reverse Trick-or-Treat event to distribute fair trade chocolate and United Methodist informational cards on fair trade.

Learn more about Reverse Trick-or-Treating and order your Reverse Trick-or-Treating kits by October 8. You can also order chocolate minis at Equal Exchange’s Interfaith Store.

Learn about the UMCOR Coffee Project here and download a church bulletin on fair trade. Your gift to Sustainable Agriculture and Development, Advance #982188 supports fair trade and UMCOR’s efforts to assist small-scale farmers. Online Giving


UMCOR-supported farmers in the village of Lambeugak in Indonesia have begun to harvest a second round of chili crops for sale in local markets, part of a successful income generation project.

The first harvest took place when the market price for chili was high, and the farmers made a significant profit. They repaid 50 percent of the value of the seed packets they’d received from UMCOR to a community development fund, which was used to buy more seeds for the second planting. Read more.

Your gift to Indonesia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #217400, helps the people of Indonesia continue to recover from the devastating tsunami of 2004 and the 30-year conflict that preceded it. 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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