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NEWS: HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF UPDATE

Like spring struggling to assert itself, families and individuals impacted by Superstorm Sandy—already nearly half a year ago—strive to create new life from dark days. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) will continue to accompany them until that hoped for renewal fully blooms.

Over the course of the past five months, UMCOR has been there for those affected by the storm and has helped muck out 1,000 homes, serve 70,000 meals, and invest more than 60,000 hours of volunteer labor. UMCOR has trained more than 200 volunteers and provided more than 23,000 cleaning buckets.

Long-term recovery ministries have been established to help hundreds of families and individuals in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Connecticut with volunteer coordination, home repair, disaster case management, spiritual and emotional care, and other resources for recovery. Read more.

This past week, Christy Finney, a high school senior from Urbana, Ohio, announced a 5K race that she, together with the local YMCA, is organizing for May 11. Proceeds will benefit UMCOR’s Superstorm Sandy relief and recovery work. Read more.

You can lend your support to this ongoing effort by giving to Hurricanes 2012, UMCOR Advance #3021787.

PRAYER: HOLY WEEK

As we advance through Holy Week and again hear the familiar story of Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection, let us be mindful of all who struggle for healing, renewal, peace, and reconciliation.

Please remember in your prayers those whose lives have been disrupted or unsettled by natural or human-caused disasters and for those who face chronic needs for food, housing, and medical attention. Pray for those who are lonely or isolated, and seek to comfort them.

UMCOR OPENINGS: FINANCE DIRECTOR, HAITI

For more than three years, UMCOR has walked with the people of Haiti on their long road to recovery following the January 2010 earthquake. Now, UMCOR is seeking a new finance director for its office in Haiti. Can you join our team? Learn more.

MEDIA: WALKING SURVIVORS THROUGH RECOVERY

Recovery from a major disaster such as Superstorm Sandy can take years. Learn more about the process by viewing this UMCOR video. Share the video with your friends.

RESOURCES: WORLD FAIR TRADE DAY JUST WEEKS AWAY

Fair trade allows farmers and artisans to feed their families, send their children to school, gain access to health care, and much more. World Fair Trade Day (WFTD) is May 11, with events taking place across North America May 4-19.

Visit Fair Trade Resource Network at www.ftrn.org/wftd to download a free World Fair Trade Day Activities Guide for tips and resources! Order free WFTD promotional stickers and postcards, free fair trade products, 25 free kids’ books, a T-shirt, and lots of educational resources.

Consider hosting a WFTD event between May 4 and 19. Events might include Fair Trade festivals, fashion shows, speeches, food and drink tastings, film showings, sports, games, concerts, and much more—to promote fair trade and campaign for trade justice together with farmers and artisans around the world.

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit umcor.org. 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
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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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Community United Methodist Church in Massapequa, NY, is serving as a disaster relief center for families in the area impacted by Superstorm Sandy.
Mike DuBose/UMNS


Pray for those who face emergency or chronic needs, such as medical care.
Paolo Patruno


UMCOR is looking for a new finance director to help advance its recovery work and partnerships in Haiti.
James Rollins/UMCOR


View a new video about UMCOR’s long-term accompaniment of disaster survivors.


Fair Trade allows farmers and artisans to feed their families, send their children to school, and much more. Support World Fair Trade Day.
Courtesy of Equal Exchange

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