United Methodist Committee on Relief

August 2013 | UMCOR Hotline

School children in Haiti.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is supporting the ACT Alliance in the second phase of its collaborative initiative—Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (CC/DRR) program in Haiti. Through community-level disaster risk reduction projects, the program will address the effects of climate change while decreasing the risks of future disasters upon vulnerable Haitian communities.

Approximately 160 to 200 individuals will attend two national workshops that will include faith-based leaders, members of the national media, and the Methodist Church of Haiti (Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti).

CC/DRR program, endorsed by the ACT Haiti Forum, began as a joint pilot program in 2012 with UMCOR, Norwegian Church Aid, Lutheran World Federation, Finn Church Aid, Christian Aid, Service Chritien d’Haiti, and Lutheran World Relief. A central feature of the successful pilot program was to support local Haitian-led organizations.

Support this vital work with your gifts to Haiti Emergency, Advance #418325. Give now

UMCOR Philippines volunteers prepare food packages for flood impacted communities in Rosario.
More than 146,000 people were displaced by flooding due to non-stop torrential rains spawned by storm-enhanced southwest monsoon in Metro Manila and four more regions in Luzon, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, an agency of the Philippine government.

Please pray for UMCOR Philippines staff and volunteers as they work tirelessly to prepare and distribute emergency food packages to vulnerable residents of the municipality of Rosario in the province of Cavite, Philippines. Cavite and several towns of Laguna province have been placed under a state of calamity after monsoon rains, intensified by Tropical Storm "Maring," brought about heavy flooding. Read more about UMCOR’s response here.

Please pray, too, for the tens of thousands of persons affected earlier this month by devastating floods in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Myanmar. Intercede with Psalm 46:1.

The General Board of Global Ministries and UMCOR have positions open across multiple units, sectors, and countries. Visit the Careers webpage to learn more.


As natural disasters and human-caused conflicts continue to develop around the world, UMCOR Sager Brown depots are relying on United Methodist support to help make a tangible difference in the lives of people who are affected by these crises.

Visit the UMCOR Relief-Supplies web page to learn how you or your congregation can work together to assemble and ship supplies to those who do not have ready access to basic resource materials, especially following a major disaster or conflict. Consider a financial gift to Material Resources now.


UMCOR’s peace-building project in Sudan teaches people about peaceful coexistence and conflict resolution, and organizes peace building activities for youth, women, teachers, and community leaders in camps for displaced populations in South Darfur. Watch Juliet Stein, head of mission for UMCOR Sudan, as she shares more about UMCOR’s peace-building work there.


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:

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.

Photo Captions

Image 1. School children in Haiti.
Melissa Hinnen

Image 2. UMCOR Philippines volunteers prepare food packages for flood impacted communities in Rosario.
Courtesy of UMCOR Philippines

Image 3. A group of women walk together in El Daein, East Darfur, Sudan, where UMCOR has provided school construction and relief-supply kits.
Michelle Scott


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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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