- NEWS: KATRINA ANNIVERSARY
- PRAYER: TROPICAL STORM/HURRICANE ISAAC
- MEDIA: AND A CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM . . .
- RESOURCE: GROWING HOPE IN THE PHILIPPINES
NEWS: KATRINA ANNIVERSARY
Seven years ago today, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana and left an indelible mark on the United States. United Methodists responded generously and in unprecedented ways by giving sacrificially of their time and resources to help survivors.
“UMCOR received almost 67 million dollars and over the last seven years, monetary efforts have gone towards rebuilding the Gulf coast,” shares Rev. Tom Hazelwood, assistant general secretary for US Disaster Response of the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
“We have now distributed all the funds we received,” Hazelwood says. Those funds supported recovery work in Louisiana and Mississippi and in communities across the United States that were impacted in the wake of the storm.
UMCOR could not have fulfilled its long-term commitment to Hurricane Katrina survivors without the many volunteers who worked tirelessly alongside the agency.
“Relationships built between the volunteers who helped and the individuals in need were amazing. Survivors were amazed at how the church reached out to them in their hour of need,” Hazelwood says.
Seven years later, Hurricane Katrina survivors are still reshaping their lives—many of them in the light of the hope lit for them by UMCOR and The United Methodist Church. Hazelwood concludes, “I never cease to be amazed, as we the church respond where there is need.”Read more.
Your gift to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670, will help UMCOR prepare church and community members to respond to needs in the aftermath of a disaster.
PRAYER: TROPICAL STORM/HURRICANE ISAAC
Pray for Gulf Coast residents as they brace for yet another hurricane on the anniversary of Katrina. Pray for decision makers, those who are evacuating, and the first responders after the storm.
Isaac has already taken 10 lives in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, when its tropical storm-force winds and rains swept across the island of Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, and Cuba over the weekend. Pray for the UMCOR Haiti office as they assess the damage and respond to the needs of survivors.
MEDIA: AND A CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM . . .
Hadley Davis was deeply affected by the destruction she saw from tornadoes that struck Oklahoma and Missouri last year. At 10 years old, she wanted to do something to help survivors, so she started making and selling jewelry and giving the proceeds to UMCOR. She has raised over $1,000 through her efforts. Watch this UMTV video and be inspired by this young humanitarian.
RESOURCE: GROWING HOPE IN THE PHILIPPINES
This UMTV video takes you to the remote Sierra Madre Mountains of the Philippines where the Dumagat people struggle to survive. UMCOR is working to make life better for these indigenous people who have been pushed to the margins.
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 any of the "DONATE" links or make a $10 donation anytime by texting “UMCOR” to 80888. 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.
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