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NEWS: SURVIVING SANDY IN CUBA
When asked to tell a story from his visit to Cuba shortly after Hurricane Sandy swept through the Caribbean nation last October, Rev. Juan Vera, former bishop of Puerto Rico and a disaster response consultant for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), finds it hard to stop at just one.
Vera said he witnessed a great spirit of solidarity in one community after another. “Each one did everything it could to ensure that all of the families residing in the community had at least a simple shelter to live in after the storm had passed,” he said.
Families and communities could feel solidarity from beyond the watery borders of the island nation as well. In Puerto Rico, Bishop Rafael Moreno Rivas called on Methodists there to take up an offering for their sisters and brothers in Cuba. Rev. Vera brought the initial offering of $8,000 to Cuba in November. Bishop Moreno expects to travel there soon with a second offering.
UMCOR provided an initial emergency grant of $10,000 to the Methodist Church of Cuba, so that assessments and relief efforts could begin.
“I hope, too, that the love and solidarity of The United Methodist Church and of other churches of the Methodist family, will transform, with their offerings and support, all the devastated communities so that they may become new communities…,” he said. Read more.Watch a video.
Your gift to Hurricanes 2012, UMCOR Advance #3021787, will help Sandy survivors in the Caribbean and the United States.
PRAYER: ASH WEDNESDAY
Today, as we receive the cindery cross, may we do so mindful of our millions of brothers and sisters down the street around the world whose lives have been disrupted by disasters, both sudden and chronic. Read more of this Ash Wednesday reflection.
MEDIA: ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
One Great Hour of Sharing is approaching on March 10. Bulletin inserts, posters, children’s sermons, and other resources are available for free online.
If you would like an UMCOR representative to speak at your church about One Great Hour of Sharing, contact Landon Taylor.
RESOURCES: ECO-PALMS AND UMCOR PERSONNEL
Order your fair trade palms for Palm Sunday today! These palm fronds were harvested using environmentally friendly techniques and the harvesters were paid a fair wage for their work. Use this bulletin insert to spread the word about Eco-Palms.
Career Opportunity: UMCOR is seeking an assistant general secretary who will lead the International Disaster Response unit in the New York City office, while overseeing the United Methodist emergency/disaster preparedness and response efforts. Are you or someone you know interested? Learn more.
UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. Tofind out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit umcor.org. Youcan donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offeringplate at a local United Methodist church; by sending a check toUMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068; or by calling1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. You canalso give online by clicking any of the "DONATE" links or make a $10donation anytime by texting “UMCOR” to 80888. UMCOR is exempt fromtax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of theUnited States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contributiondeduction by donors.
And, please pray for those who are hungry,displaced, sick or in poverty because of these and other natural andhuman-made disasters, and for the workers who minister to them.
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United Methodist Committee on Relief
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