The UMCOR Hotline
In Today's Hotline:
PHILIPPINES: Typhoon Megi Response
WORLD AIDS DAY: A New Perspective in Armenia
REFUGEES: Co-Sponsor Challenge in Atlanta
CHRISTMAS: Give Gifts of Hope
HEALTH: Imagine No Malaria Releases Funds
PHILIPPINES: TYPHOON MEGI RESPONSE
When Super Typhoon Megi struck Isabela province in the Northern Philippines on October 15, people were better prepared than they were in previous typhoons. While loss of human life was not as great as in the past, the damage to property—especially agricultural areas—was enormous.
Typhoon Megi ripped up mango and banana plantations, and severely damaged rice paddies. Isabela is the main rice-producing region for the Philippines. The crop damage threatens the food security of the rest of the country.
UMCOR Philippines responded quickly to help survivors. Nearly 2,000 relief packs were distributed to vulnerable families in the weeks immediately following the disaster. Each pack will feed a family of five to six people for a week.
UMCOR is now organizing meetings with disaster coordinators and community leaders in the affected areas to identify needs and establish a long-term recovery plan.
Your gifts to Philippines Emergency, UMCOR Advance #240235, will provide for the long-term recovery to help Typhoon Megi survivors restore their homes and livelihoods.
WORLD AIDS DAY: A NEW PERSPECTIVE IN ARMENIA
UMCOR is combating the fear and stigma that people with HIV/AIDS face in Armenia. It is hard to find people even willing to be tested in the rural areas of this country because they fear both a positive result and their community’s reaction.
UMCOR Armenia is working through mobile medical teams that reach out to communities with free and confidential testing and counseling. Teams also provide follow-up care, including antiretroviral treatment—giving people living with HIV/AIDS a much longer and healthier life.
Read how this UMCOR program helped change one woman’s life.
You can work towards an AIDS-free world by observing World AIDS Day on or near Dec. 1. Join millions of others in the fight against HIV/AIDS by taking the lead in your community and sharing important HIV/AIDS information. You can also give to the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund, UMCOR Advance #982345, to support programs like these in the US and internationally.
REFUGEES: CO-SPONSOR CHALLENGE IN ATLANTA
Sponsoring a refugee family is no small task, however it can be extremely rewarding for the entire church community. The conference connectional ministries staff members of the Atlanta Annual Conference are aspiring to involve a significant number of churches in the coming year. They have set a goal of finding 35 churches in the conference who are willing to co-sponsor refugees. Thank you, Atlanta!
Learn more about what it takes to co-sponsor a refugee family in the most recent Refugee Ministry Newsletter. You can also support the Refugee Ministry by giving to UMCOR Advance #982540, Refugee Response.
CHRISTMAS: GIVE GIFTS OF HOPE
Give a gift of hope this Christmas through alternative giving. Your gifts through The Advance go 100% to support the project you select. For example, $60 can feed a family of five for a month or $75 can buy a goat to help a Haitian farmer.
Gifts can be made in any amount to any missionary or project, and 100% of the gift will be directed to the designation of your choice. You can even download a gift card to share with your loved one. When you give, you and your loved one will know that a person in need will also be able to share in the spirit of the season.
Give a gift of hope today.
HEALTH: IMAGINE NO MALARIA RELEASES FUNDS
The United Methodist Church will release the first installment in promised funds by the end of this year from its “Imagine No Malaria” initiative to the Geneva-based Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Last week, funds were authorized for release to the United Methodist Committee on Relief to help with implementing the campaign in Africa.
UMCOR funding will be used to train African health boards providing local delivery systems for malaria prevention, education and treatment.
The United Methodist Church is the first faith-based partner of the fund. Kemper, the top executive of Global Ministries, believes the independent organization offers a united approach to the elimination of malaria, “which we have not seen before in development work.”
In Africa, where 40 percent of the health-care infrastructure is operated by religious organizations, the church has the people and the mechanisms to join in that approach. “It’s impossible to really do anything without involving the churches,” he said. [More]
Malaria is a preventable, but deadly illness. Your gifts to Imagine No Malaria, UMCOR Advance #3021190, can save lives.
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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