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  • January 25, 2011

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*BRAZIL: Relief Needed for Survivors of Floods, Mudslides

*AUSTRALIA: Cleanup Begins, Cyclone Threat Continues

*HAITI: UMCOR Seeks Shelter and Reconstruction Coordinator

*RELIEF SUPPLIES: School Kits, Health Kits to Sudan

*UMCOR: NC Congregation Welcomes Bhutan Family


While the number of casualties from severe flooding and mudslides in Rio de Janeiro continues to climb, the Methodist Church in Brazil (MCB) is seeking to bring comfort to homeless survivors. At least 20,000 people have been left without shelter by the catastrophe that began January 12.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) sent an emergency grant to help the church provide shelter and other immediate needs to survivors. “We need everything: water, food, and clothing, to reduce the suffering of the homeless,” said Brazilian Bishop Paulo Lockmann.

Local authorities say as many as 300 people remain missing and 806 have died. Your help is urgently needed read more. Please give to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450. Online Giving


Even as residents of Queensland state begin to cleanup following record flooding, they learned that the threat of cyclones and fresh rains would continue until March.

Tens of thousands of homes were flooded, many of them in Brisbane, Australia’s third-largest city, in the storms that began last month. More than 60 people are still missing and 19 were killed.

The same storm system has also caused large-scale flooding in Sri Lanka, affecting about a million people in that island nation.

UMCOR is reaching out to partners in Australia, assessing needs and damages, and preparing to respond. Please give to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450. Click the button to give now online


UMCOR is seeking a qualified and experienced professional to fill a key senior position in Haiti and help advance the organization’s relief and long-term recovery work there, following the January 12 earthquake. The opening is for a Shelter and Reconstruction Coordinator.

In addition, UMCOR is seeking a Shelter and Reconstruction Mission Volunteer to provide support and technical assistance to the Shelter and Reconstruction Coordinator. More information is available here.

Please feel free to share this information so that UMCOR can fill these positions with highly qualified, experienced, and committed individuals. For more information, please visit UMCOR’s Job and Volunteer Opportunities website.


In the weeks before Christmas, UMCOR Sager Brown shipped more than 20,000 school kits to the towns of Yei and Aweil in Southern Sudan, with the aim to improve the learning environment of students there.

In addition to the school kits, UMCOR’s relief supply depot also shipped 2,688 health kits, 196 layette kits, and 672 birthing kits to Yei. Distribution of the kits will likely occur in March, as it takes several months for the shipments to arrive.

Last week, Southern Sudan held a referendum on independence from Sudan. UMCOR has program offices in both the North and South and is committed to its education, health, water and sanitation, and livelihoods projects in both.

Your gift to Material Resource Ministry, UMCOR Advance #901440, allows UMCOR to purchase emergency response and disaster relief supplies for people in need. Click the button to give now online


After much anticipation, Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church in North Carolina welcomed the Gurung family, refugees from Bhutan. The family of eight, including three generations, came to the US last August from a refugee camp in Nepal after having fled ethnic persecution in their homeland.

Co-sponsoring a refugee family is not new to the congregation. Pastor Donald Tomas says, "Meeting people’s needs is what God calls us to do. They see Christ in us. We look forward to continuing with this ministry; it is an honor to do so."

Refugee families struggle to make a new start and recover from the losses they have suffered as a result of their flight for survival. Your gift to New Hope for Newcomers, UMCOR Advance #901779, helps asylum seekers and other refugees settle in their new homeland. Read UMCOR’s Refugee Ministry Newsletter. Click the button to give now online

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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