United Methodist Committee on Relief

October 2013 | UMCOR Hotline

UMCOR partner Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) provides meals to Cyclone Phailin survivors.  With UMCOR’s support emergency food rations will go to 1,000 families to sustain them for at least the next two weeks.
Cyclone Phailin, the strongest storm to hit India in more than a decade, pummeled Odisha and Andhra Pradesh states on Oct. 11. The cyclone, which destroyed more than 240,000 homes and 5,000 schools, also caused major crop damage, affecting the livelihoods of many farmers.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with partner Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA), to provide emergency food rations for 1,000 families (about 5,000 individuals) affected by the cyclone. The food supply will sustain the families for at least two weeks.

The organizations will also provide plastic tarps to shelter affected families as they return to their storm-battered homes.

In addition, clean drinking water is a critical need in Odisha. Some villages are using standing rainwater for washing and drinking purposes. This water has a high risk of contamination. Through UMCOR partner GlobalMedic, water purification units will be installed in 15-30 affected locations to help keep local populations safe and healthy.

Gifts to International Disaster Response, Advance #982450, will support UMCOR’s disaster response to devastating events like this one, and help communities around the world prepare for disasters.
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Please pray for storm survivors who are recovering from severe storms which struck across the US in the past week.
Please pray for those affected by severe flooding in South Dakota. The flooding was caused by melting snow after an unexpected storm brought four feet of snow, freezing rain, and blustery winds last week.

Ranchers in South Dakota lost tens of thousands of cattle from the rare storm. Shelters were opened for people seeking refuge, as thousands were left without power during the cold blast. UMCOR has reached out to disaster response coordinators in the Dakotas to offer relief assistance.

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


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.
Start a new holiday tradition of fair-trade giving. UMCOR partners SERRV, Equal Exchange, and Prosperity Candle are offering a new fair-trade gift set that will help fund UMCOR's important work around the world.

This fair-trade gift set comes with a beautiful handcrafted ornament for your Christmas tree, an enticing Equal Exchange organic chocolate bar, and a hand-poured travel tin candle—all nicely nestled in a hand-woven basket.

Choose from: Red with Awaken travel tin candle and Equal Exchange Orange Dark Chocolate bar, or Blue with Reflect travel tin candle and an Equal Exchange Hazelnut Milk Chocolate bar.

With every gift set purchased, 10% of the cost goes to support UMCOR relief programs. Visit to order now.


The United Methodist Church’s General Board of Global Ministries announced that for one day only, on December 3, 2013, as part of UMC #GivingTuesday, gifts made online to any project through The Advance will be matched, and 100% of each gift supports the project designated by the donor. United Methodists and friends are invited to participate. GivingTuesday™ is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season.

Watch this promotional video to learn more, and visit


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. UMCOR partner Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) provides meals to Cyclone Phailin survivors. With UMCOR’s support emergency food rations will go to 1,000 families to sustain them for at least the next two weeks.
Photo courtesy of CASA

Image 2. Pray for farmers in South Dakota and those affected by severe flooding there.
Mike DuBose

Image 3. Give a fair-trade gift this year that supports UMCOR programs. Photo courtesy of Prosperity Candle
Photo courtesy of Prosperity Candle

Image 4. Be a part of UMC #GivingTuesday on Dec. 3.


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