United Methodist Committee on Relief

June 2013 | UMCOR Hotline

Displaced families in DR Congo will receive food relief with the help from UMCOR as it provides funding support to the Methodist Church there.
Thomas Kemper, general secretary for Global Ministries, opened UMCOR’s annual meeting with an address that highlighted United Methodist theology on disaster relief and rehabilitation. The week-long meeting was held at New York headquarters last week.

In his address, Kemper posed a question to UMCOR headquarters and country office staff: “Why are we doing what we do in the context of the church’s ministry?” He examined biblical roots of disaster response and noted that when Jesus’ disciples sent help to believers in Judea who were experiencing famine (Acts 11:27-30), it was perhaps “the first Christian collection for disaster relief.”

Kemper also combed through UMCOR history, from the organization’s wartime beginnings in 1940 through its establishment as a permanent agency in 1972 with administration entrusted to Global Ministries.

UMCOR’s annual meeting was a time for program staff to come together and review best practices, strengthen program development, align with the agency’s strategic plan, discuss policy updates, and more.

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Share this graphic on your social media pages and visit to download worship and advocacy resources for World Refugee Day, June 20.
In observance of World Refugee Day, June 20, pray for refugees around the world who may be fleeing conflict, such as that in Syria, or acclimating to a new life in the US.

Pray for those who have been affected by severe weather in the US Midwest, Great Lakes, and Mid-Atlantic areas, and for those in Colorado Springs who are being affected by the Black Forest fire.

UMCOR is seeking a qualified professional to lead its country office in Haiti. The head of mission will be responsible for overall country office strategy implementation, supervision, quality control, external relations, programming, program and business development, and overseeing all aspects of UMCOR’s presence in Haiti. Visit UMCOR’s career page on the website to learn more.

relief supply video.

Watch UMCOR’s relief-supply video to learn how you can assemble and ship kits to help disaster survivors around the world, including in the US. Sending relief kits to those that need basic materials in the wake of a disaster is an efficient and immediate way to help.

Share this graphic on your social media pages and visit to download worship and advocacy resources for World Refugee Day, June 20.

The United Methodist Church has put together the following resource of suggestions for volunteers and community groups who want to help those affected by the Oklahoma tornado. Download and share “ Five Things you Can Do to Help OK Tornado Survivors.”

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. UMCOR program staff come together to participate in the agency’s annual meeting.
Felipe Castillo

Image 2. Resources to support your refugee ministry are available at
Image courtesy of Church World Service

Image 3.UMCOR seeks head of mission for its country office in Haiti.
Jim Gulley


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