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  • November 30, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*HAITI: Religion’s Response to Disaster

*WORLD AIDS DAY: Women are More Vulnerable

*CHRISTMAS: Gifts of Hope

*HAITI: YWCA Program



An upcoming CBS Religion Special, Religion’s Response to Disaster, will cover how faith communities responded to Haiti’s January 12 earthquake. The show will feature the work of UMCOR and an interview with Melissa Crutchfield, head of UMCOR’s international disaster response program.

The program is scheduled to air beginning December 5. Check your local listings for the exact time. More information is available online.

Support UMCOR’s ongoing work in Haiti by giving to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325. Online Giving


During the October 2010 Lighten the Burden Conference, sponsored by the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund, Dr. Pauline Muchina, senior partnership advisor for UNAIDS, delivered the keynote address titled, “Women, AIDS and the Church”.

Her speech highlighted the specific vulnerabilities women face and how the church can help close the gap. Violence, lack of education, the lack of technology that allows women to be in control of protecting themselves from HIV during sex, and financial dependence on men, were all named as factors.

Muchina asks faith communities to use their influence to address the underlying issues that make people vulnerable to infection. She concluded her remarks with this challenge: “How will the Church usher in the kingdom of God in a world with AIDS? We need to challenge our churches to dispense with any theologies that expose women and girls to gender-based violence and discrimination leading to HIV infection.”

World AIDS Day is December 1. You can lead your church community to take action. Use the resources on UMCOR’s World AIDS Day page as a place to start. You can also support United Methodist work toward an AIDS-free world by giving to the UM Global AIDS Fund, UMCOR Advance #982345. Online Giving


Is “hope” on your Christmas list? You can give a gift of hope this Christmas through alternative giving. For example, a gift of $50 through The Advance can provide anti-malaria medication to 25 pregnant women infected with the disease.

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 share in the spirit of the season.

Give a gift of hope today. Spread the news with this Gifts of Hope flyer.


Nicolette*, 15, faithfully brought her sister to a YWCA program in Haiti. The staff recognized Nicolette’s desire to learn and enrolled her in the UMCOR-supported YWCA leadership seminar for young women. They are also helping her meet her education expenses.

The leadership seminar empowers young women, teaching them entrepreneurship, offering psychosocial services and instruction on sexual health, and strategizing for life in light of the January 12 earthquake. The seminar helped Nicolette find the courage to leave an abusive home, and she now lives with an aunt. She is a gifted painter and is developing her creativity to become an interior designer.

Nicolette also attends the YWCA youth center, which serves 50 girls and young women on the campus of a Montessori school. The director of the Montessori school, which serves affluent Haitian children, invited the YWCA to share the property and has built three buildings for their use.

Many of the children in the youth center live in tent communities and most do not go to school. The youth center gives them an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty by building their confidence, affirming their worth as children of God, and teaching them life skills. The youth center is also supported in part by the United Methodist Women’s Division.

You can support UMCOR programs like these by giving to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325. Online Giving

*Not her real name


UMCOR was awarded the Peacebuilder Award for, “For seeing what needs to be done and then doing it with love, respect, and humility.” The award, announced Nov. 23, 2010, was given by Peace X Peace, a global network of peacebuilders that specifically advocate for women.

Cynthia Harvey, UMCOR’s top executive, was interviewed for the award announcement. Read more online here.


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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