The UMCOR Hotline
In Today's Hotline:
PHILIPPINES: Typhoon Megi
CHILE: UMCOR and Chilean Methodists Sign Disaster Response Agreement
EVENT: Lighten the Burden AIDS Conference Commences
COLOMBIA: A Clinic in Brisas del Mar
PHILIPPINES: TYPHOON MEGI
Super Typhoon Megi tore into the Northern Philippines October 18. Reports from UMCOR’s local partners are limited at this point, however UMCOR is monitoring the situation and preparing for a response.
The typhoon had winds of more than 150 mph, classifying it as a “super typhoon” as it made landfall in the Philippines. Typhoon Megi quickly lost steam and exited the island nation as a normal typhoon. China is also making preparations as Typhoon Megi’s next target, according to the BBC.
You can help UMCOR prepare for this and other disasters in the Philippines by giving to Philippines Emergency, UMCOR Advance #240235.
CHILE: UMCOR AND CHILEAN METHODISTS SIGN DISASTER RESPONSE AGREEMENT
When a massive earthquake struck Chile on Feb. 27, 2010, Juan Salazar and his fellow Methodists were ready to respond.
Four months earlier, a group from the Methodist Church of Chile had received disaster preparedness training from UMCOR. That fledgling partnership was strengthened again Oct. 11, 2010 with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Chilean Methodists and UMCOR officials during the annual meeting of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, the relief organization’s parent agency.
For Cynthia Fierro Harvey, UMCOR’s top executive, the agreement signifies “a wonderful example of a model of mission” for two denominations with a long history of cooperation.
In October 2009, two agency staff members — Melissa Crutchfield and the Rev. Tom Hazelwood — conducted disaster preparedness workshops in Chile. At the same time, a new entity for the church, the Methodist Humanitarian Aid Team (EMAH), was created. So when the strongest earthquake in 25 years caused destruction across Chile, “their skills and training were put into quick, practical action,” Crutchfield said.
Chilean Methodist Bishop Mario Martínez — who signed the memorandum of understanding along with United Methodist Bishop Janice Huie, UMCOR’s president — expressed thanks for the new opportunities for cooperation. more
Today is the last day of 10-Fold, an online educational campaign that highlights some of the ministries of UMCOR, along with other mission projects and programs supported by United Methodists and The Advance.
This 10th day of the campaign focuses on the work of UMCOR’s Sustainable Agriculture and Development program, which improves the health and livelihoods of thousands of African farmers each year. Tune into one of the live webcasts to learn more.
The conclusion of the 10-day online event is just the beginning of the work to be done. Increased awareness and financial support means that these 10 programs will continue stronger than ever. Sign up to receive regular updates about 10-Fold and specific projects to continue your involvement in this United Methodist movement. www.10-Fold.org
EVENT: LIGHTEN THE BURDEN AIDS CONFERENCE COMMENCES
Lighten the Burden III, the third international AIDS conference sponsored by the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund Committee, was held October 14-16 in Dallas, Tex. The conference kicked off with an alarm that called the church to awaken from its silence in confronting the HIV/AIDS issue in the pew.
Featured speaker and Episcopal leader Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño of Desert Southwest Annual Conference engaged the more than 170 conference participants in an address that preached genuine acceptance of those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
The Rev. Dr. Donald E. Messer, executive director of the Center for the Church and Global AIDS and chair of the UM Global AIDS Fund Committee, unveiled a new campaign called “20/20: Visioning an AIDS-Free World.” This new fundraising effort will encourage every United Methodist to give $20 a year until the year 2020 to support global HIV/AIDS projects. The campaign will demonstrate how far $20 can go in developing countries to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS. It will also connect The United Methodist Church with people affected by the virus through storytelling and resources to reduce stigma.
The UM Global AIDS Committee became the first contributors of the fundraising initiative, with each committee member donating $20 to kick-off the campaign. more
HIV/AIDS does not discriminate. The disease knows no color, gender or social status, yet the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS is layers deep. Break the silence with your gifts. Support to the UM Global AIDS Fund, UMCOR Advance #982345.
COLOMBIA: A CLINIC IN BRISAS DEL MAR
The people of Brisas del Mar and five other small villages on Colombia’s Caribbean coast will have a new clinic in 2011, thanks to the collaboration between the Iglesia Colombiana Metodista and UMCOR.
Construction of the clinic is nearly complete. When it is, the clinic will serve a total of about 3,000 people, who currently travel some 10 miles on an unreliable road for both emergency and routine health care.
The people in this area were held captive for more than 10 years by a right-wing paramilitary group, which brutalized and isolated the populations of these villages. The clinic stands as a symbol of hope and solidarity for the people of Brisas del Mar and the surrounding villages.
As UMCOR’s first Hospital Revitalization program in Latin America, the as yet unnamed clinic in Brisas del Mar, may well become a model for similar projects in other vulnerable communities in Colombia and elsewhere on the continent.
You can support this and other efforts to improve healthcare worldwide by giving to Hospital Revitalization, UMCOR Advance #982168.
UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR’s ministries, please visit umcor.org. 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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