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October 2013 | UMCOR Hotline


NEWS: NEW GRANTS FOR UMCOR RESPONSE
Recovery efforts following the West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion, which affected one-third of the community, will benefit from UMCOR funding as the community strives to move forward.
Last week, during their semiannual meeting, the board of directors of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) approved six grants for ongoing US disaster recovery work in five United Methodist annual conferences: Kansas-West, Tennessee, Central Texas, New York, and Susquehanna.

Nearly $700,000 in new grants will support long-term recovery efforts from multiple disasters which occurred earlier this year and provide disaster case management, reconstruction, and spiritual and emotional care support.

The sum also includes support for the ongoing recovery efforts of the New York Annual Conference and the Susquehanna Conference following, respectively, Superstorm Sandy in 2012, and Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011.

In addition, more than $6.3 million was approved to support ten projects in Japan following the devastating triple disaster in 2011. The funds will support psychosocial projects, reconstruction, capacity building, disaster risk reduction, and livelihoods development, as well as awareness-raising of issues related to nuclear energy and radiation poisoning.

UMCOR directors also approved grants for work in Cuba, Haiti, and Zimbabwe. In Cuba, $500,000 will support reconstruction of 100 damaged or destroyed homes caused by Hurricane Sandy last year. In Haiti, a $300,000 grant to partner Church World Service (CWS) will benefit 55 families in the underserved rural communities of Ganthier and Boen. And in Zimbabwe, funding will support the work of UMCOR’s country office to meet the needs of orphans and vulnerable children in the rural Chimanimani District.

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PRAYER: INDIA CYCLONE SURVIVORS
Please pray for storm survivors who are recovering from severe storms which struck across the US in the past week.
Please pray for those recovering from Cyclone Phailin, which struck the eastern coast of India this past weekend. So far, about 21 people have died. Three villages in Ganjam district, which bore the brunt of the monster storm, have been completely submerged, stranding nearly 10,000 people.

The cyclone, which packed 125mph winds, was considered to be the strongest storm to hit India in more than a decade. Cyclone Phailin wrecked many coastal homes, uprooted trees, blocked and flooded roads, and caused major crop damage in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa states. UMCOR is reaching out to partners there.


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: ADVENT STUDY AND PRAYER FOR WORLD AIDS DAY


Sunday, Dec. 1, is the first week of Advent and also World AIDS Day. Use and share this Advent study during your prayer and devotional times.
In observance of World AIDS Day, Dec 1, the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund Committee has developed resources for individuals or churches to use to lift up the more than 34 million people around the world who live with HIV and AIDS.

A Season of Hope: An Advent Study on HIV and AIDS, is a four-week study that includes articles accompanied by biblical references, prayers, and questions for individual or group discussions. The study also includes resource materials such as “Myths & Facts about HIV & AIDS,” as well as a glossary of terms. Get more resources here.

MEDIA: SAFE WATER IN SOUTH SUDAN


In this video, Cephas Munjeri, head of mission for UMCOR South Sudan, shares about the advantages of establishing safe water points in South Sudan and the positive impacts this can produce to reduce disease outbreaks and child mortality. Learn how access to safe water also helps improve livelihoods in a community.




 


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. Recovery efforts following the West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion, which affected one-third of the community, will benefit from UMCOR funding as the community strives to move forward.
Greg Forrester

Image 2. Please remember Cyclone Phailin survivors in your prayers.
Mike DuBose

Image 3. Sunday, Dec. 1, is the first week of Advent and also World AIDS Day. Use and share this Advent study during your prayer and devotional times.
James Rollins

Image 4. A family in Yei, South Sudan, collects water at a nearby water pump.
Alan Moseley


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