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As Syria’s bloody fighting shows no imminent sign of ending, families who flee the conflict are in desperate need wherever they seek refuge.

While the international community has established funds under United Nations’ auspices to support both internally displaced Syrians and those—almost a million people now—who have fled to Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey, it is already clear that the allotted assistance will not be enough to cover estimated needs beyond June of this year.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is doing its part to help fill the gap. A new range of grants has been extended to partner agencies in the region, including the Turkey-based International Blue Crescent (IBC) and the 130-member ACT Alliance. ACT works through its regionally active members such as International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC).

“We are fortunate to have such a strong network of trusted partners responding both to the needs of those displaced, and to the ripple effect and its impact on the surrounding host communities,” says Melissa Crutchfield, UMCOR associate general secretary for International Programs. “As always, this type of situation tends to affect those who are already vulnerable, creating even bigger challenges for them.”

Your gift to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450, will help families and individuals fleeing the violence in Syria and the communities that host them.


Pray for those who died or were injured in natural and human-caused disasters this past week. A magnitude 7.8 earthquake—the most severe in decades—rocked Iran, injuring dozens and killing at least 34 people in neighboring Pakistan. Two bombs in the city of Boston in the United States killed three and injured at least 130 people at the finish line of the famed Boston Marathon. Pray for all who were affected and their families.


UMCOR is seeking a deputy general secretary who will provide program leadership for the organization. Learn more about the position online.


UMCOR’s blog, UMCOR Notebook, is a great place to read about the personal experiences of staff members, volunteers, and others involved with UMCOR’s work. The most recent blog, by Amber Kubera, UMCOR’s senior program manager for International Programs, writes about sharing her travels in Africa with her son’s preschool class and the children’s reactions.

World Malaria Day (April 25) is just around the corner. United Methodist advocates for Imagine No Malaria can raise awareness by hosting screening parties of HBO’s new movie, “Mary and Martha,” starring Oscar® winner Hilary Swank and Oscar® nominee Brenda Blethyn. The movie follows the journey of two women who meet in Africa and work to raise awareness of malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that claims a life every 60 seconds.


Text-to-Give is a quick and easy way to bring emergency funds to people in need. When you text a program code to 80888, a $10 donation goes immediately to the program you selected. Use Text-to-Give to support US Disaster Response (text: RESPONSE), International Disaster Response (EMERGENCY), Health programs (HEALTH), or UMCOR Undesignated (UMCOR). You can text one of these codes to 80888 to support that particular program or all four to give a $10 donation to each of them.

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 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
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Voice Phone: 1-212-870-3816; FAX: 1-212-870-3624

Mission Statement:
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 family that fled Syria takes refuge in Turkey.
A family that fled Syria takes refuge in Turkey.
Courtesy of IBC

UMCOR is seeking a deputy general secretary to lead its programs.
UMCOR is seeking a deputy general secretary to lead its programs.
Narine Harutyunyan

Kubera’s son and his classmates focused on similarities they share with these children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Kubera’s son and his classmates focused on similarities they share with these children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Amber Kubera

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