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Even though the small Caribbean twin-island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis was mercifully spared the worst of 2012’s hurricane season, they are choosing to be prepared for what is the inevitable.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) held a series of workshops on disaster preparedness for the region this past spring. The Leeward Islands District of the Methodist Church of the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA) was quick to participate in the workshop that was mounted in Barbados (others took place in Jamaica and Panama).

Brother Al Elmes of the St. Kitts Circuit was able, along with the others, to take advantage of the resources and experience laid out by representatives from Guyana, the South Caribbean, and from other Leeward Islands besides St Kitts.

The participants took back to their individual congregations all they had absorbed in the workshop. In St. Kitts, it was only three months before an action plan for the circuit was set in place for all member churches, with the active involvement of each individual congregation.

“St. Kitts today is a great example of how training works; with the workshop participants taking it upon themselves to go the extra mile when they get home—and get themselves well ahead of the game when it comes to having to respond in their own backyards,” said Melissa Crutchfield, UMCOR’s associate general secretary. Read more.

Your gift to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450, will support UMCOR’s work to promote disaster preparedness and disaster response around the world.


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UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit 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 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
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Compelled by Christ to be a voice of conscience on behalf of the people called Methodist, UMCOR works globally to alleviate human suffering and advance hope and healing.

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A shore road in St Kitts during Tropical Storm Rafael, October 12, 2012.
A shore road in St Kitts during Tropical Storm Rafael, October 12, 2012.
Photo courtesy St Kitts and Nevis Observer

Storm survivors Kim Gill (left) and the Rev. Jeffry Wells discuss damage caused by Hurricane Sandy at Gill
Storm survivors Kim Gill (left) and the Rev. Jeffry Wells discuss damage caused by Hurricane Sandy at Gill's home in Massapequa, N.Y. Wells is pastor of Community United Methodist Church in Massapequa on Long Island. They are wearing heavy clothing because the home was without power.
A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

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