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United Methodist Committee on Relief

October 2013 | UMCOR Hotline


NEWS: HAITI: HEALTH RELIEF
Mothers wait to have their children immunized at the Methodist Church’s health clinic in Furcy, Haiti.
Hopital Bienfaisance de Pignon (HBP) located in Pignon, Haiti, an area about 80 miles from the epicenter of the January 12, 2010, earthquake, continues to bear the impact of that devastating day. An increased patient load, a prolonged cholera epidemic, and a devastated economy that resulted from this disaster have challenged the health-care system to meet the needs of the more than 140,000 people it serves.

Immediately after the earthquake, HBP received a number of patients, including children who were injured or displaced by the disaster and who could not afford to pay for medical services. In addition, maintaining much-needed physicians and medical personnel to serve in this remote location was an ongoing challenge.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is supporting HBP in a number of critical, life-saving ways that will benefit vulnerable children under five years of age and women.

UMCOR funding will help HBP hire and retain qualified medical personnel; purchase essential medicines and supplies; provide immunization to children under five; provide pre -and post-natal care; support the operations of HBP’s cholera clinic; educate populations in Pignon and outlying areas on cholera prevention; and provide water, sanitation, and hygiene education to vulnerable populations.

You can support ongoing health initiatives in Haiti with your gifts to Haiti Response, Advance #418325. Give now


PRAYER: US STORM 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 who were affected by several storm systems across the United States during the past week, including those displaced by flooding in Louisville and Jefferson County, Kentucky. A storm crossed the nation's midsection and caused more than six inches of rain to fall within a 48-hour period. Some low-lying neighborhoods were waist-deep in water, according to news reports.

In northeast Nebraska and northwest Iowa, about nine tornadoes touched down last Friday, causing structural damage and injuries. One tornado that struck Wayne, Nebraska, the most affected region, carried winds up to 170 miles per hour, ranking the tornado an EF4. The twister decimated the city’s industrial area near the airport, and city officials expect repairs to cost millions.

Another storm blanketed Black Hills, South Dakota in about three and a half feet of wet, heavy snow. It caused millions of dollars in damage. Intercede with Psalm 46:1.


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: ARMENIA: WORLD FOOD DAY, OCT. 16


Agnesa from Anipema, Armenia, is happy to include fresh eggs in the meals of her family, thanks to support from UMCOR and partner Foods Resource Bank.
UMCOR has been working to increase food security and improve health and nutrition for vulnerable populations in Armenia for 20 years.

Download and share a resource on Food Security in Armenia in observance of World Food Day, October 16. You can collect a special offering on Sundays to support UMCOR in its work to help the most vulnerable people develop their own capacity to grow food.

MEDIA: STRENGTHENING ZIMBABWE

You can observe World Food Day, October 16, by viewing and sharing this video which features Daniel Tripp, head of UMCOR’s mission in Zimbabwe. Tripp talks about the food shortages, climate issues, and health-related issues that have affected Zimbabwe, as well as the opportunity for organizations to help the people of this country build and strengthen its infrastructure.






 


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. Mothers wait to have their children immunized at the Methodist Church’s health clinic in Furcy, Haiti.
Mike DuBose

Image 2. Please pray for storm survivors who are recovering from severe storms which struck across the US in the past week.
Mike DuBose

Image 3. Agnesa from Anipema, Armenia, is happy to include fresh eggs in the meals of her family, thanks to support from UMCOR and partner Foods Resource Bank.
UMCOR Armenia

Image 4. Establishing food security is one of the many UMCOR programs in Zimbabwe working to improve lives and livelihoods.
James Rollins


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