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  • October 07, 2010

Ten Fold

The UMCOR Hotline: 10-Fold Edition

10-Fold is an online educational campaign that highlights some of the ministries of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) along with other mission projects and programs supported by United Methodists and The Advance.

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This special Hotline offers a glimpse of the five UMCOR programs that are highlighted by 10-Fold.

*October 10: Haiti Recovery

*October 16: Justice for Our Neighbors

*October 17: Clean Water and Sanitation

*October 18: Health Care in Africa

*October 19: Sustainable Agriculture


UMCOR staff, Rev. Gesner Paul of Église Méthodiste d’Haiti (EMH, Methodist Church of Haiti), and delegates from the Methodist Church in Ireland visited the site at Corail, Haiti, where nine UMCOR-supported transitional school buildings are being built in time for the 2010 – 2011 school year.

UMCOR has proactively partnered with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) to directly implement this component of the project by designing and building the schools at Corail, while UMCOR will monitor over-all project implementation.

EMH’s Rev. Paul blessed the site with a prayer for the future schools, the labor of those involved in the construction, and the success of UMCOR in its work in Haiti. To support UMCOR’s relief and recovery work in Haiti, please give to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325. Online Giving

October 16: Justice for Our Neighbors

Michael Fombang was 12 years old and orphaned by war in the Democratic Republic of Congo when he fled the country in 2001. He worked on freighters that traveled the world. When one of these docked in the Great Lakes in 2005, Michael was detained by US immigration authorities. He was classified a stowaway and inadmissible to the US except to pursue asylum status.

Michael petitioned for asylum and was placed in foster care in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He quickly learned English and earned a high school diploma. An aspiring doctor, he enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College. But, his immigration status kept him from working or applying for student aid, and medical school seemed a distant dream.

Two years later, Michael’s foster family sought help from JFON. The JFON attorney got the stowaway provision waived on humanitarian grounds, and Michael qualified for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Finally, in 2008, his application was approved and his status adjusted to Legal Permanent Resident.

Read First Monday, JFON’s monthly newsletter, and learn more about this important service. Your gift to Justice for Our Neighbors, UMCOR Advance #901285, supports UMCOR’s ministry among immigrant communities across the US. Online Giving

 October 17: Clean Water and Sanitation

As UMCOR partner Engineers in Action helped drill a community well in Erquis Sud, a small town on the outskirts of the southern city of Tarija, Bolivia, a group of local women gathered to express gratitude for the difference the well will make in their lives.

Until now, the women have had to haul water from a distant source and boil it before drinking or using it to wash dishes. One of the women, Rosa, confessed that she didn’t always boil the water, as she was exhausted after working all day as a maid in the city.

All of the women spoke of the hardships associated with the lack of clean water, especially illness and disease. “It is hardest on the children,” Margarita said. “Many of them get sick.” And, the women all acknowledged, some of them have died.

Learn more about the gift of water and what you can do to make it accessible to underserved communities. Church resources are available here. Your gift to Water and Sanitation, UMCOR Advance #3020600, can make a difference. Online Giving

 October 18: Health Care in Africa

Chicuque Rural Hospital, located in a tiny fishing village on Mozambique’s southeast coast, bustles with life—new life, restored life, saved life. A missionary hospital founded in 1913, CRH today is part of the Mozambique Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, whose health board is a beneficiary of UMCOR training.

UMCOR is facilitating training for a total of eight annual conference health boards in Africa. In addition to Mozambique, the others are Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Cote d’Ivoire, Angola, and Liberia. The significance of the effort is nothing short of strategic.

United Methodist missionary Theodore Warnock, who provides the training, says the purpose is to help the health boards “establish themselves as the leadership and governing body for their hospitals, clinics, and other health-related programs, thereby providing holistic, affordable, and accessible delivery of health care services.”

Your gift to Hospital Revitalization, UMCOR Advance #982168, supports UMCOR’s effort to strengthen United Methodist health boards in Africa and fosters the independence, self-reliance, and vision of the local church and its health-care system. Read more. Online Giving

October 19: Sustainable Agriculture

This Halloween, your little goblins can treat your neighbors to fair trade chocolate while also offering them a valuable lesson in human rights, ending poverty and 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 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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