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  • May 24, 2011

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*US: Tornado Devastates Missouri Town

*HAITI: School Kits Distributed

*MOZAMBIQUE: Launch Celebration



Joplin, Missouri, is the most recent casualty in a active and destructive 2011 spring storm season. At least 116 people were killed and more than 2,000 buildings destroyed by a tornado that cut a mile-wide swath through Joplin on Sunday, May 22, at about 6:00 pm.

Tornadoes also touched down last weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where one person died and dozens were injured, and in Kansas, where another person was killed and there was damage to homes and buildings, including the United Methodist Church in Reading.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is in contact with the affected conferences and is preparing to respond. Already this spring, UMCOR has provided $200,000 in emergency grants to annual conferences that are dealing with the aftermath of severe storms.

You can help. Please pray for those who are dealing with terrible loss. Click here for information on assembling and shipping cleaning buckets. They can be sent to any of the depots in the UMCOR Relief-Supply Network.

Your gift to US 2011 Spring Storms, UMCOR Emergency Advance #3021326, is urgently needed. It helps UMCOR respond to communities and annual conferences in the early days of an emergency and into their long-term recovery. Please be generous. Online Giving


Nearly 3,000 UMCOR school kits were distributed over the past month to students in schools in Tabarre Issa community. UMCOR health and teacher kits were distributed in Corail resettlement camp, where hundreds of Haitian families found refuge after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

The director of a school in Tabarre Issa, Paul Emile Brunache, expressed gratitude for the school kits and said he didn’t know how he would have opened the school year without the assistance UMCOR brought to the community.

One hundred percent of your gift to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325, helps the people of Haiti rebuild after last year’s devastating earthquake. Online Giving


Some 1,500 inhabitants of the village of Golo in Mozambique celebrated the launch of a massive mosquito nets distribution in that country, an important step toward the eradication of malaria there.

An estimated 100,000 nets will be distributed to residents of two districts in the southern part of the country, benefiting a total of 165,000 individuals.

The distribution is part of a local government effort. It is supported by Imagine No Malaria, an initiative which, through UMCOR, is partnering with the United Methodist Church of Mozambique, the Missouri Annual Conference, United Methodist Communications, and the Government of Mozambique.

Read a blog about the launch event here. Your gift to Imagine No Malaria, Advance #3021190, supports this critical effort. Online Giving


When Fortunate Rupapa’s husband died of AIDS, he left her with two small children and no income in their native Zimbabwe. She, too, was diagnosed with HIV. “My world came crashing down,” she says.

Fortunate eventually came to terms with her condition, she adds, and is being treated with anti-retroviral drugs. With the support and encouragement of staff at Mutambara Hospital, she trained to become an HIV counselor at the hospital. Now, she gives hope and joy to others who are HIV-positive.

Your gift to United Methodist Global AIDS Fund, Advance #982345, helps people like Fortunate Rupapa to live positively with HIV. 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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