The UMCOR Hotline
NEWS: THE FIRE WAS ANGRY
Otto Braided Hair was a quarter-mile away from a towering wall of flame when suddenly the 50-mph wind changed direction, driving embers directly onto him and his volunteer firefighting crew. “When those embers blew over us, I got a sense that the fire was angry,” he recalls.
The wildfire—which started June 26 from a lightning strike—consumed one-quarter of the 440,000-acre Northern Cheyenne reservation in Montana, destroying 23 homes and leaving hundreds of others with smoke damage.
Nearly a month after the fire, the reservation's 5,000 residents are struggling to begin their long-term recovery. In addition to families who lost their homes, many others lost vehicles, water access, fencing, and livestock.
UMCOR is helping the Northern Cheyenne people begin their recovery with an emergency grant of $10,000 for the Yellowstone Conference. These funds will help the Native American Ministries committee at the Sheridan United Methodist Church in Wyoming as it assesses needs and plans a long-term response. Read more
Help the Northern Cheyenne Indians and others affected by disasters. Please contribute to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670.
PRAYER: INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE
Pray for the International AIDS Conference that is underway in Washington, DC, this week. Shannon Trilli, UMCOR Health executive, was a part of the pre-planning session to help pave the way for the work of this meeting.
Pray also for the Diecke Clinic in Guinea, which provides for people with HIV, AIDS, and malaria; supports maternal and child health; and provides other important community health services. The clinic receives important financial support from UMCOR and the Austin United Methodist District to accomplish its work.
MEDIA: UMCOR’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Find all of UMCOR’s videos in one place on our YouTube channel. Go to www.YouTube.com/TheUMCOR to view UMCOR’s latest video story.
RESOURCE: HAITI PROGRESS REPORT
UMCOR’s report on our work in Haiti during the first two years since the 2010 earthquake is a valuable tool for study about the progress that is possible through partnership.
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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United Methodist Committee on Relief
General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church
Room 1520, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115
Voice Phone: 1-212-870-3816; FAX: 1-212-870-3624