United Methodist Committee on Relief

November 2013 | UMCOR Hotline

The Rev. Jack Amick (center) and Ciony Ayo-Eduarte (to Amick's left) join volunteers to load a truck at the offices of the United Methodist Committee on Relief in Manila with relief supplies for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Over the weekend, UMCOR Philippines volunteers and staff loaded a cargo truck of relief goods which carried rice, oil, salt, brown sugar, beans, sardines, cooking oil, coffee, and water purification tablets for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines on Nov. 8. About 1,500 families, or 7,500 people, benefitted from the relief packages.

A caravan of three UMCOR vehicles carrying the vital supplies journeyed to the northern part of the country and onto the archipelago, through about 10 provinces, to reach survivors in the hard-hit city of Tacloban in Leyte Province. The distribution took place Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Thanks to the generous outpouring of United Methodists, this is just the first of several shipments UMCOR anticipates making to assist the survivors,” said the Rev. Jack Amick, in an UMCOR release. Amick is UMCOR’s assistant general secretary for International Disaster Relief, who traveled with the caravan to distribute supplies.

Typhoon Haiyan destroyed more than 250,000 homes and impacted more than 11 million people across 44 provinces. At least 3,500 people were killed in the super storm known locally as Yolanda.

United Methodists are encouraged to support relief efforts by donating generously to International Disaster Response, Advance #982450, where 100 percent of your gift will support disaster survivors in need. Give now

Please pray for UMCOR Philippines staff and volunteers in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan.
Please pray for those affected by severe weather which spawned an outbreak of tornadoes around several Midwest states on Sunday, Nov. 17. The tornadoes left widespread damage and killed about eight people. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee were all affected by severe weather, but the most widespread damage occurred in the town of Washington, 140 miles southwest of Chicago, where a powerful EF-4 tornado destroyed or damaged an estimated 250-500 homes, according to news reports. UMCOR has reached out to affected annual conferences to assess immediate needs.

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

In 2011, UMCOR Philippines staff and volunteers distribute food packages after Typhoon
                                                        Nesat, a category 3 storm, roared through the island of Luzon, where the capital of Manila is located.
United Methodists and friends are encouraged to give generously to support its relief efforts in the Philippines. Download and share the Typhoon Haiyan Relief church bulletin insert and share during Sunday service to collect a special offering.


We all want to live in a world where a child has 0% chance of entering the world without the risk of HIV/AIDS. Nyamah Dunbar, UMCOR Global Heath executive, explains how this is a real possibility by reaching women of childbearing age and providing them with HIV prevention education.

Watch video, to learn more and observe World AIDS Day, December 1 with your prayers and gifts to the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund.




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. The Rev. Jack Amick (center) and Ciony Ayo-Eduarte (to Amick's left) join volunteers to load a truck at the offices of the United Methodist Committee on Relief in Manila with relief supplies for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Amick heads the relief agency's international disaster response and Ayo-Eduarte is UMCOR's manager for the Philippines.
A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Image 2. Please pray for those affected by recent tornadoes in the Midwest.
Mike DuBose

Image 3. Download and share this bulletin insert and collect a special offering for Typhoon Haiyan survivors.
Cover image: Ciony Eduarte


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