The UMCOR Hotline
NEWS: AFTER TORNADO, JOPLIN STAYS STRONG
One year ago, when a devastating tornado cut a six-mile swath through Joplin, Missouri, people found their city crushed and their faith distilled down to the essentials. They lost 161 loved ones and 2,000 homes.
“In 32 minutes on May 22, suddenly faith was about God being alive for every person,” Bishop Robert Schnase said. “It was about the infinite value of human life. It was about finding our purpose in serving friend, neighbor, and stranger alike.”
As Joplin observes the one-year anniversary of the tornado, churches have been a foundational rock for long-term recovery. Schnase said he has observed churches meeting unprecedented demands on their time and resources.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has supported them in their immediate and long-term recovery by contributing more than $500,000 to the Missouri Conference’s disaster response ministry. Read more.
Help churches be a foundational rock after disaster strikes. Give to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670.
PRAYER: HAITI PARTNERS
Praise God for a fruitful meeting of mission partners from across the US and Haiti on May 18 and 19. The gathering of nearly 100 people resulted in new relationships, deeper understanding, and renewed energy to work together in Haiti.
ANNOUNCEMENT: UNITED TO FIGHT MALARIA
The relief and development agencies of two mainline Protestant denominations are forming a new strategic partnership to prevent and control malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. Together, Episcopal Relief & Development and UMCOR will reach 21 countries where malaria is endemic. Read more.
MEDIA: NEW INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS FOR UMCOR KITS
New instructional videos show just how easy it is to assemble health, school, layette, and birthing kits as well as cleaning buckets. Watch them now!
RESOURCE: WORLD REFUGEE DAY
June 20 is World Refugee Day. Use this new church bulletin insert to tell the story of how UMCOR is helping refugees in Lasu, South Sudan.
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