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November 2013 | UMCOR Hotline


NEWS: MIDWEST TORNADOES RESPONSE
The roof was blown of this home in Michigan due to tornadoes which left widespread damage on November 17.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with affected conferences to assist with immediate relief needs after tornadoes left widespread damage on Sunday, November 17.

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 about 250-500 homes, according to news reports.

In an UMCOR release, Greg Forrester, UMCOR US Disaster Response executive, said, “UMCOR is prepared to support all affected conferences with funding, training, relief supplies, and expertise once assessments are made and needs are determined.” Forrester reached out to the affected conferences and offered prayers and solidarity.

According to authorities, six people died in Illinois and two men were killed in Michigan. As many as 200 people were injured in Illinois, with about 120 of those injuries occurring in Washington.

One hundred percent of gifts to US Disaster Response Advance #901670 designated for USDR Tornadoes 2013 will support the response in Illinois and other areas where the tornadoes hit.
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PRAYER: TYPHOON HAIYAN RECOVERY
Alexander Hailar helps a truck carrying relief supplies for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to clear low-hanging power lines en route to a food distribution in Tacloban, Philippines by the agency for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.
Please continue to pray for those who lost their homes, loved ones, and livelihood due to Typhoon Haiyan. Last week, a second food distribution took place in six communities in the interior town of Dagami, which was severely-impacted by the typhoon. The food items which consisted of rice, oil, salt, brown sugar, beans, sardines, cooking oil, and coffee, were purchased locally to support the Philippines local economy, and will sustain a family of five for five days.

Use and share this Prayer of Thanksgiving in the Wake of Disaster by the Rev. Jack Amick, international disaster response executive, and express your gratitude for all of God’s blessings during this Thanksgiving season.


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

RESOURCE: GIVING TUESDAY
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There are many ways to give alternatively this Christmas season and many levels of giving that provide the least to the greatest of needs. But, for one day only, on Dec. 3, your gift will multiply!

United Methodists and friends are encouraged to participate in UMC #GivingTuesday, where gifts made online to any project through The Advance will be matched, and as always 100% of each gift supports the project you designate. Maximize your impact and give generously on Tuesday, December 3.

Browse through giving options provided on the Rethink Christmas Alternative Gift Catalog. This catalog offers creative giving ideas that will tangibly affect the lives of those we serve. Use it as a guide to give and share this catalog with your friends, church or local community.


MEDIA: WORLD AIDS DAY - MALARIA & HIV/AIDS

Kathy Griffith, UMCOR Health executive, shares how the denomination’s Imagine No Malaria initiative acts as a doorway to work with communities affected by HIV and AIDS, as those affected with the disease are among populations also suffering with malaria.

Watch this video to learn more as you observe World AIDS Day, December 1 and support 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 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.


Photo Captions

Image 1.The roof was blown off this home in Michigan due to tornadoes which left widespread damage on November 17.
Courtesy of the Michigan Area United Methodist Church Facebook page

Image 2. Alexander Hailar helps a truck carrying relief supplies for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to clear low-hanging power lines en route to a food distribution in Tacloban, Philippines by the agency for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.
A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Image 3. Be a part of UMC #GivingTuesday on Dec. 3.


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