United Methodist Church in Germany Contributes to Zimbabwe Emergency
New York, NY, December 18, 2008—The Mission Board of the United Methodist Church in Germany has contributed more than $21,000 to the denomination's emergency food and health program in Zimbabwe, a country in deep crisis.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) on December 11 announced an initiative to bring humanitarian relief to a country that has an acute food shortage, rampant inflation, and an outbreak of cholera. Planning for the effort had been underway for months because of political factors.
"The gift from Germany is an outstanding example of the international connection of our denomination,"said the Rev. Sam Dixon, director of UMCOR. "United Methodists are truly one in the spirit and one in response to the needs of people in crisis."
There are some 65,000 United Methodists in 500 congregations in Germany.They constitute the Germany Central Conference. Bishop Rosemaire Wenner is the episcopal leader.
Michael Uwe Hanis, treasurer of the German church, deposited 15,000 euro ($21,511.54) into the UMCOR Zimbabwe account.
The Zimbabwe emergency effort involves large shipments of food, medicines, school kits, fuel for hospital generators, rehabilitation of water systems, and support for hospital employees. The United Methodist Church has three hospitals in Zimbabwe,two of which remain open although most hospitals in the country are closed. Zimbabwe has an inflation rate of more than two million percent.