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  • October 05, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*GLOBAL: Look for 10-Fold Launch this Sunday

*CHILE: Rebuilding after Massive Earthquake

*JFON: Client Success Story

*RELIEF SUPPLIES: Thousands of Kits Sent

*US: Annual Disaster Response Academy to be Held


Imagine a movement that mobilizes tens of thousands of people in 10 days to multiply God’s work. The movement is 10-Fold, and it launches this Sunday. 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 ministries of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Join us October 10 – 19 at when we bring UMCOR and other Advance projects to you through webcasts, streaming video, online chats, and other media.


It has been just over half a year since a massive, 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile killed more than 400 people and caused over $30 billion in material losses. More than 370,000 houses were seriously damaged, and 1,226 schools and 130 hospitals are in need of repair.

UMCOR partner the Methodist Humanitarian Aid Team (EMAH) of the Methodist Church of Chile is part of an ecumenical coalition in Chile that is addressing both immediate and long-term needs related to health (including psycho-social care), food, livelihoods, and the repair and construction of homes.

Your gift to Chile Emergency, UMCOR Advance #3021178, supports these relief and recovery efforts and helps the Chilean people rebuild their lives. Online Giving


Andrés and Teresa Vasquez (not their actual names) and their two children came to the United States as refugees from Cuba in 2000. As they struggled to adjust to life in a new country, Andrés and Teresa worked long hours to support their family. This soon took its toll, and parents and children drifted apart.

When the couple’s 15-year-old daughter fell in love with a classmate, she moved with his family to El Salvador. The authorities there discovered she was in the country without authorization, and they deported her. But her return to the US was fraught with irregularities, and her family sought help from UMCOR’s Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) program.

Thanks to JFON, the Vazquez family is reunited and their daughter was granted citizenship last summer. Read the full story here. Your gift to Justice for Our Neighbors, UMCOR Advance #901285, supports UMCOR’s ministry among immigrant communities across the US. Click the button to give now online


In the first six months of 2010, UMCOR’s Relief Supply Ministry sent more than 200,000 kits to people in need in the US and overseas. The equivalent dollar value of the kits comes to nearly $3 million.

Health kits, school kits, cleaning buckets, blankets, layette kits, and bedding packs were sent to destinations in the US, including Nashville, TN; Brownsville, TX; and Calexico, CA; as well as overseas to Haiti and the Republic of Georgia.

Relief supplies make a tangible difference in the lives of people in times of crisis and in meeting everyday necessities. Learn here how you can donate kit supplies. And give to Material Resource Ministry, UMCOR Advance #901440, to help purchase supplies. Online Giving


The 2010 UMCOR Disaster Response Academy will explore the roles and responsibilities of annual conferences in real-life disaster situations.

Slated to be held at UMCOR’s Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, Louisiana, November 13 – 17, the event will be packed with table-top exercises designed to test the conferences’ responses to emergencies.

The event is open to persons in disaster response leadership positions in their annual conferences. For more information about other UMCOR disaster preparedness and response workshops click here. Your gift to Domestic Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670 supports this important work. 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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