United Methodist Committee on Relief

December 2013 | UMCOR Hotline

Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan receive emergency food rations from the United Methodist Committee on Relief in Tacloban, Philippines.
In a letter to United Methodists and friends, the Rev. Dr. J. Denise Honeycutt, deputy general secretary for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), shared the agency’s next steps in recovery for Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Philippines. Haiyan struck the Philippines on November 8, impacting nearly 15 million people and claiming the lives of nearly 6,000.

Honeycutt relayed the need for spiritual and emotional care support for survivors and the provision of safe spaces for children who have been made vulnerable by Typhoon Haiyan. She stated that the agency will begin to review proposals to help meet these critical needs.

Another priority will be the rehabilitation and reconstruction of permanent housing. Typhoon Haiyan damaged or destroyed about 1.2 million homes and displaced as many as 4.13 million people. The National Risk Reduction and Management Council reports damages to the Philippines’ infrastructure and agriculture to cost about $809 million.

In addition, a shipment of relief supplies, specifically health kits and school kits, are expected to reach the Philippines by March.

UMCOR has already delivered emergency food packages to some 3,000 families in the towns of Tacloban, Ormoc, Dagami, and Tanauan, all in the province of Leyte. Another distribution will occur in the province of Aklan in the Western Visayas region, where emergency food and water will go to 7,500 people.

Your gifts to International Disaster Response, Advance #982450 support the relief efforts of this emergency and enable UMCOR to respond efficiently to other disasters as they occur.
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Syrian children playing at an UMCOR-funded Child Friendly Space at a refugee camp in Turkey.
There are more than 45 million forcibly displaced people in the world, and children below 18 years of age constitute 46 percent of the refugee population, according to UN High Commission on Refugees. Whether they are refugees, internally displaced, or asylum-seekers, children are at a greater risk of abuse, neglect, violence, exploitation, and more.

During this holiday season, when we celebrate family and togetherness, please pray for safety, refuge and peace for children around the world and in the United States who are without a home and a family. Intercede with Psalm 91:9.

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

Rethink Christmas is a United Methodist Alternative Gift Catalog that will help guide your giving this year and make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable populations all around the world. The items listed in the catalog are examples of what your gift can accomplish in each program. As always, 100 percent of all gifts will go to the listed Advance project.

You may also download and share UMCOR’s Five Best Ways to Give bulletin insert to learn how you can best support disaster survivors in the United States and around the world.

Home for the Holidays, a fair-trade gift set from UMCOR partners Prosperity Candle, SERRV and Equal Exchange, offers a beautiful handcrafted ornament for your Christmas tree, an enticing Equal Exchange organic chocolate bar, and a hand-poured travel tin candle—all nicely nestled in a hand-woven basket.

Advent and Christmas resources are also available for you to use during services that include video reflections, worship and devotion resources, feature stories, and more.


Use the videos found on UMCOR’s Relief Supplies web page to learn how easy it is to assemble some of the most popular and most-needed relief-supply kits. As UMCOR continues to respond to emergency needs around the world, replenishing these supplies is critical at both UMCOR depots.

You can also give to Material Resources, Advance #901440 to help UMCOR purchase these supplies in bulk.
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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:

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. Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan receive emergency food rations from the United Methodist Committee on Relief in Tacloban, Philippines.
A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Image 2. Syrian children playing at an UMCOR-funded Child Friendly Space at a refugee camp in Turkey.
James Rollins

Image 3. When you purchase this fair-trade gift set, a portion goes to support UMCOR programs.
Photo courtesy of Prosperity Candle


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