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News & Features Archives 2008

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April 2008

  • Multiple Tornadoes Destroy Parts of Virginia
    As many as eight tornadoes ripped up parts of central and southeastern Virginia on Monday, April 28.
  • Call for Remembrance and Renewal for Katrina Recovery
    General Conference paused on Monday morning to recognize the tragedy and celebrate the resulting witness that grew out of Hurricane Katrina's devastation in August 2005.
  • Hope for New Mothers
    "At the time of civil war, the hospital was seeing three patients a day," said Janet Bio, head midwife at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
  • Food for the Hungry
    The nutrition unit at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone, is an integral part of the care families receive at this institution.
  • Transformation Through Mission
    Brother John Bowie volunteered in New Orleans for a week in February, 2008, and came home a transformed man, proud to be a part of The United Methodist Church.
  • World Malaria Day: A History of Success, High Expectations for the Future
    On the first World Malaria Day, United Methodists celebrated their contributions to eradicating this disease.
  • Global AIDS Event Encourages Participants to "Lighten the Burden"
    On the eve of the 2008 United Methodist General Conference, the denomination's Global AIDS Fund celebrated its first four years of work toward an AIDS-free world.
  • Providing Health to All
    The boxes of antibiotics, analgesics and anti-malarial drugs that arrived in late March at Mpasa United Methodist Medical and Nutrition Center outside of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, were the first medicines they have received in over a year.
  • Two New Disaster Response Executives Join UMCOR
    Melissa Crutchfield will serve as the assistant general secretary for International Disaster Response. Sandra Kennedy-Owes began is executive secretary for Domestic Disaster Response.
  • UMCOR Sudan: Educating Educators
    South Sudan continues to make the first fragile steps of recovery after the longest-running civil war in Africa’s history. People are returning by the thousands to restart their lives in their homeland. But first they have to rebuild what was lost.
  • UMCOR's 100-Ton Challenge
    UMCOR is challenging United Methodists to help farmers earn fair prices for their crops by participating in UMCOR’s 100-Ton Challenge.
  • Hope After AIDS
    “I was afraid I was going to die,” said Terrence* one of 63 people who come regularly to the Friends Unit of Kissy United Methodist Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone, for group counseling sessions and antiretroviral medication.
  • Malaria Filling a Deep Need
    "Nothing is sufficient," says Henrietta Emmanuel who heads up Kissy United Methodist Hospital's malaria program. The need in Sierra Leone is so great, she goes on to explain, that as soon as they receive nets or medicines they are used.
  • Arkansas Takes Another Pounding
    In a state already reeling from the “Super Tuesday” tornadoes, ice storms and flooding, a night of powerful tornadoes blew through Little Rock, Ark. on Friday, April 4.
  • Katrina Aid Today Transfers Activity to Local Organizations
    The national case management consortium, Katrina Aid Today, led by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), completed its grant-funded activity on March 31.
  • Early Response Teams Secure Homes After Tornadoes in South Carolina and Georgia
    UMCOR-trained Early Response Teams (ERTs) were busy with tarps and chain saws across a wide region of North Georgia and South Carolina in the week following severe storm systems that moved through on March 15.

March 2008


February 2008

  • Help Sager Brown Deliver Kits of Hope
    In Georgia, happy faces, smiles and hundreds of cheerful voices filled a room when children saw the arrival of school kits, health kits and sewing kits donated by UMCOR last September.
  • Relief for Kenyans Seeking Safety in Uganda
    As the conflict in Kenya continues and the nation’s leaders struggle to find a path to peace, United Methodists are bringing comfort to those left most vulnerable by the conflict.
  • United Methodist Youth Raise $830,000 for the Hungry
    About 2,200 United Methodist congregations and 25,000 United Methodist youth participated in this year's Souper Bowl campaign-raising $830,000 so far this year.
  • Across Lands
    Moe Aung, his wife Naw and their three children fled their home in Myanmar (Burma) and sought shelter in a Thailand refugee camp where they remained for five years.
  • Continued Kenya Violence Disrupts Food Supply
    Continued violence in Kenya has displaced hundreds of thousands of citizens and disrupted the food supply in parts of that African nation.
  • Palms Equal Fair Trade
    Every year, Christian congregations across the nation purchase palm fronds to celebrate Palm Sunday which commemorates Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
  • UMCOR Builds Hope After Tsunami
    Abu described how the wave came towards him like a mountain, and how he unsuccessfully tried to warn other people to run.
  • UMCOR Responds to "Super Tuesday" Tornadoes in Five Southern States
    The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and its regional church partners are responding as rapidly as conditions allow to tornadoes that struck five southern states on Tuesday night, February 5.
  • Delivering Hope to the Congo
    A diverse coalition of organizations have come together to provide medicines worth up to $14 million to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

January 2008

  • Soup's On— at the Souper Bowl of Caring
    Sunday, February 3 marks a major sports day for die-hard football fans. As the football line-up begins, United Methodist youth and young adults will be lining up their soup cans for another special event—the Souper Bowl of Caring.
  • UMCOR Responds to Needs in Kenya
    More than a week of violence following disputed elections has left the lives of many Kenyans in shambles. Nearly 200,000 people have been displaced by the crisis—many of them fleeing to neighboring Uganda.
  • More Refugees Crowd into South African Church
    Twelve hundred refugees sleep each night at Central Methodist Mission in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • A Hope that Brings Healing
    Sounds of painful groans, a child kept from school, and a violent strike from an ex-husband. Life has been far from easy for Layla Ismailova* who lives in the Khirdalan district of Baku in Azerbaijan.