United Methodist Committee on Relief

The UMCOR Hotline for May 1, 2013

A woman leads a training session on HIV/AIDS in Ganta, Liberia.
Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Liberia is committed to reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS. First, though, they have to help people change the way they think about the disease.

Many people in West Africa still associate HIV/AIDS with witchcraft. Through a health-education radio talk show, Ganta United Methodist Hospital has reached nearly 60,000 listeners with information about how HIV/AIDS is spread and how it can be treated.

Another piece in the hospital’s strategy is to train volunteers to talk about HIV/AIDS in their communities. Lectures, personal testimonies, drama, role-play, posters, and film are all used in the training. Participants learn about causes, symptoms, and treatment. The training is also a powerful way to combat stigma. About 3,500 people have benefited from these workshops so far.

After attending a workshop in her village, one woman (who asked to remain anonymous) came up to an instructor and requested a private conversation. She started by thanking the instructor. She said that the reason so many people in her rural community were dying is because they were unaware of the information taught in the workshop. Read more.

Projects like this one require long-term support, because they count on the cumulative effect of many years of training and testing to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS. Can you help with a donation to the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund? It’s Advance #982345, and every penny helps to keep projects like the one at Ganta United Methodist Hospital afloat.
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Aerial view of Lowell, Michigan, where hundreds of residents are dealing with flooding.
Spring rains and warmer weather that melts winter’s snow cause flooding across the United States each year. Communities in the West Michigan Annual Conference and the Illinois Great Rivers Conference have already been affected. Pray for all those communities that are currently dealing with flooding or anticipating its arrival.

UMCOR is seeking a monitoring and evaluation manager to work with staff of the International Programs unit as well as the executive secretaries of Monitoring and Evaluation for UMCOR and Global Ministries. Learn more.


This Mother’s Day, give another mother the gift of life. The video “Share the Love, Save Lives: A Mother’s Day Tribute” tells how you can help protect pregnant women, who are particularly vulnerable to malaria.

Relief Supplies

Use the videos found on the Relief Supplies page of the UMCOR website to share how easy it is to assemble some of the most popular and most-needed relief-supply kits. Cleaning buckets are urgently needed and the how-to video will help you assemble one (or more!) to help a family recovering from floods or other natural disasters.

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. A woman leads a training session on HIV/AIDS in Ganta, Liberia.
Courtesy of Kathy Griffith

Image 2. Aerial view of Lowell, Michigan, where hundreds of residents are dealing with flooding.
Courtesy of Jeff Ostrander, Lowell MI.

Image 3. Celebrate Mother’s Day imagining no malaria.

Image 4. UMCOR relief supplies are an immediate and practical aid to storm and flood survivors. View a video.


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