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News & Features Archives 2009
- World Food Day—Young Adults Learn Farm Management
Food is a daily challenge for Armenia’s institutionalized children and people who are elderly.
- UMCOR Responds to Philippines Typhoon
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Philippines is working with its local partners including Action by Churches Together (ACT) and the National Council of Churches to provide relief to those affected by Typhoon Ketsana, also called Ondoy, in the Philippines.
- Nuturing Gifts
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is empowering more than 900 displaced special needs children in the Republic of Georgia.
- UMCOR Provides Relief for Displaced People in Sri Lanka
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is providing direct assistance to people displaced by the recent weeks of fighting in Sri Lanka.
- Refugee Ministry at Gig Harbor UMC
Hanaa’s life has been full of challenges. When war broke out in Iraq, she and her family fled their home to live in Jordan.
- UMCOR Sager Brown -- a Community Resource
At the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Sager Brown campus in Baldwin, La., volunteers from across the US assemble relief supply kits to ship wherever they are needed in the world.
- UMCOR Issues $200,000 Challenge Grant for Sierra Leone Mosquito Nets
United Methodists are taking on a new challenge to provide every child under five years-old in Sierra Leone with a long-lasting insecticide treated bed net.
- Remarkable Michigan Woman Remembers Relief Agency in Will
"A remarkable, independent and generous woman," is how Rev. Cathi Gowin describes Anne Ryckman, a deceased parishioner at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, Mich.
- UMCOR Directors Approve Funds for US and International Disasters
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) directors approved $1.9 million in grants to provide long-term assistance for people in the US and Cuba who were affected by the 2008 hurricanes in their semi-annual meeting.
- Maize Distribution Brings Relief to Zimbabwe
Because of a difficult agricultural season combined with hyperinflation, most households in Zimbabwe report they are now eating fewer meals.
- Fair Trade Moves Congregants to Action
On April 5, worshipers at Beach Lake United Methodist Church in Pennsylvania waved palm fronds as they joined the annual Palm Sunday celebration that marked Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
- UMCOR West Prepares to Officially Open
Volunteers have been hard at work preparing the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) West Office and Depot for the grand opening on May 30 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- UMCOR Responds to Needs in Sri Lanka
The United Methodist Committee on Relief Non-Governmental Organization (UMCOR NGO) is on the ground in Sri Lanka, working with other humanitarian aid organizations to emergency assistance to those who are escaping conflict.
- Methodists Provide Compassionate Response in Myanmar
While much of the world watched in horror after Cyclone Nargis devastated southern Myanmar (Burma), the Methodist Church (Lower Myanmar) MC(LM) sprang into action—providing ministries of healing, food, shelter and counseling to people in great need.
- The Long Road Home: Allen Zomonway’s Community-Based Efforts to Prevent Malaria
Allen Zomonway tackles the problems of malaria and other community health needs with passion.
- Immigrants Find Legal Help at Clinic
The 18-year-old woman in Katherine Esquivel’s office is hunched over the table and nervously wringing her hands. She speaks almost no English and hesitates to utter the few words she does know.
- Increasing Health through Leadership and Infrastructure-Building
A recent meeting of bishops and United Methodist health care leaders in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, has led to major capacity-building efforts throughout the Central Conferences in Africa through the assistance and support of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
- Latin American, Caribbean and US Churches Explore New Ways of Being in Mission Together
More than 100 Methodist leaders from Latin America, Caribbean and the United States gathered in Mexico City, March 24-27, to strengthen relationships through sending and receiving volunteers and when responding to local disasters.
- Self-Sufficient Farming
Doña Ana Lucia Bañol is a single mother who struggled to raise five children on her own. Originally from the city, Bañol moved to Riosucio, a town in the State of Chocó, Colombia where she heard about ASPROCAFE, a fair trade coffee co-operative, in hopes of finding a better way to support herself and her family.
- Out of the Ashes
Since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2002, over five million Afghan refugees have journeyed home to Afghanistan after living in Pakistan or Iran for more than 20 years.
- Extraordinary Giving Connects Conway, SC, with the Congo
Union United Methodist Church embarked on a Christmas offering campaign to raise funds for the church’s new initiative, Union with the Congo.
- Supplies Arrive in Zimbabwe
Containers of lifesaving medicine and other supplies from United Methodists have arrived in Zimbabwe.
- Louisiana Conference Proves Disaster Response Capacity
After the monster hurricane season of 2005, the exceptional generosity of United Methodists established a network of UMCOR partners across the US Gulf Coast to assist survivors of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma.
- New Executive Joins UMCOR in Western Jurisdiction Office
Rev. Brian Diggs is joining the organization, directing the ministry of the newly opened Western Jurisdiction Office in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- Human Stories Guide UMCOR’s Hazelwood
When a hurricane is predicted, the Rev. Tom Hazelwood consults weather forecasts and scientific projects to chart its likely path.
- Preventing AIDS with Information
In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), AIDS education is reaching a more diverse population thanks to an UMCOR program that is being led by Dr. Kasanka Mwana Ngoie.
- German Central Conference Gives Generously to Fight Malaria in Sierra Leone
A generous gift of approximately $130,000 (100,000 Euros) from the German Central Conference will provide mosquito nets in a national net campaign to take place in Sierra Leone this November.
- A Gift of Warmth
Janat Gul was born in Pakistan as a refugee in 1994, while his country was in the midst of a civil war.
- Cleaning Buckets a Tangible Expression of Care
“Cleaning buckets” bring hope to survivors in all types of disaster situations, including fires, earthquakes and floods.
- Journey to Hope
Chuma is among millions of Zimbabweans who crossed the border into South Africa in search of a place of refuge and a better life.
- UMCOR Responds to Gaza Relief Needs
With a tentative cease-fire holding between Israel and Hamas, humanitarian organizations are stepping up their assistance to Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.
- Raise an Eco-Palm Branch
Anna Sentana lives in the town of Carmelita, Guatemala where she and her community rely on the harvesting, processing, and selling of palms for their livelihood.
- UMCOR’s 100-Ton Challenge is Over Halfway Mark
Since the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) issued its 100-Ton Challenge for United Methodists to increase their purchases of fairly traded goods on World Fair Trade Day 2008, 56.5 tons have been purchased towards this goal.
- United Methodists Look to Assist Civilians in Gaza
United Methodists are trying to assist with the ongoing need for aid to civilians caught in the war zone of the Gaza Strip.
- Generous Donations Bring Healing to Zimbabwe
United Methodist health facilities in Zimbabwe remain open in the face of the country's burgeoning health and economic crises.
- Grace Empowers African American Community
GRACE Community Services (Generating Resource Awareness through Disaster Case Management and Education) has been involved in many powerful ministries since Hurricane Katrina roared across the Gulf Coast in August 2005.
- Brooklyn Church Offers a Warm Welcome to Hundreds of Immigrants
When Pastor Pauline Wardell-Sankoh came to John Wesley United Methodist Church in 2000, she did not realize the extent of passion for immigration justice that had begun to take root a year earlier.