The UMCOR Hotline
In Today's Hotline:
SYRIA: Helping Displaced People
PHILIPPINES: Happy Photos
INDIA: Cyclone Thane Recovery
UMCOR: New Hotline Format
PALM SUNDAY: Eco-Palms
SYRIA: HELPING DISPLACED PEOPLE
The ongoing conflict in Syria has displaced thousands who are fleeing violence to seek security in towns and cities. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is in contact with partners in Syria and the region to assess the needs of those individuals and families.
Initial assistance may include clothing, health kits, and household goods, such as a small stove or heater. UMCOR is preparing to respond in the most appropriate way.
Your gift to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450, supports UMCOR’s response to people in urgent need such as the suffering people in Syria.
PHILIPPINES: HAPPY PHOTOS
“Three months after Typhoon Washi (Sendong) unleashed its fury and claimed the lives of more than a thousand people, I had the opportunity to visit Northern Mindanao: a place where trees still lie on the ground and houses have been torn down to their foundations,” writes 14-year-old Gabby Eduarte, an UMCOR Philippines volunteer, in the UMCOR blog.
Gabby and his family, including his mother, Ciony Eduarte who heads UMCOR’s Philippines office, spent the day taking photos of survivors and giving them copies of the prints as a way to provide encouragement.
“One by one, the people waited for their pictures, and the sight of the children as they looked at their photos was a sight to smile at,” writes Gabby. Read more
Support the work of UMCOR’s office in the Philippines by giving to Philippines Emergency, UMCOR Advance #240235.
INDIA: CYCLONE THANE RECOVERY
Cyclone Thane severely damaged communities on the Tamil Nadu coast of India on December 30. Hard-hit communities are struggling to replace the many homes and businesses that were destroyed.
UMCOR is partnering with Churches Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) to provide temporary shelters and tarps to cover damaged roofs.
Your gifts to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450 help UMCOR to provide relief in the wake of all kinds of storms.
UMCOR: NEW HOTLINE FORMAT
UMCOR is rolling out a new Hotline starting next Wednesday. The new format will include weekly prayer requests, information about new resources as well as the news about UMCOR’s work that you’ve come to expect.
The new format will be shorter than Hotlines of the past, and our hope is that you’ll find it to be a highly usable format that will foster a deeper sense of connection with UMCOR.
PALM SUNDAY: ECO-PALMS
Time is running out to order Eco-Palms for Palm Sunday! Credit card orders must be made by March 14 and check orders by March 8.
Eco-Palms is the product of a partnership between the University of Minnesota Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management and the Rainforest Alliance’s TREES program.
They work with Smartwood to certify palms harvested from the forests of Mexico and Guatemala for sale to congregations in the United States and Europe are harvested responsibly and provide a living wage for the harvesters.
Learn more about Eco-Palms through UMCOR’s new video.
You can also support small-scale farmers by giving to Sustainable Agriculture and Development, UMCOR Advance #982188
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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