When disaster strikes, United Methodists start asking what they can do to help. The programs of Global Ministries are involved in emergency response globally, working on long-term recovery as well as immediate relief.
On behalf of The United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) brings hope and aid in the wake of catastrophes, responding to requests by church partners, conferences, and bishops for funding emergency work all over the world. UMCOR sends assessment teams to determine what areas of need are not being met, and then aid in the form of food, shelter, and medical help is supplied through special channels and partnerships. Caregivers then stay for an extended period to assist survivors in rebuilding their lives.
That's what United Methodists, through Global Ministries, do in response to God's love.
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The UMCOR Hotline is a weekly digest of news and programs of note from the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
When disaster strikes, the local church usually provides the first response. This basic understanding - that disaster response is local - helps form a foundation for UMCOR's national training and response.
When disaster strikes outside of the US-whether a natural or human-made disaster- UMCOR serves as the primary channel for United Methodist assistance. UMCOR moves in concrete ways to ease human suffering and do whatever possible to restore normal life.