UMCOR

United Methodist Committee on Relief

September 2013 | UMCOR Hotline


NEWS: TURKEY: SAFETY FOR SYRIAN REFUGEE CHILDREN
Syrian children at a Child Friendly Space in Kilis, Turkey have a safe place to learn and grow.
As the conflict in Syria continues to amass, a concern for the well-being of Syrian refugee children also grows. The conflict, which has caused more than five million Syrians to be displaced within their own country, and two million people to flee their homes entirely, has also caused two million children to drop out of school, according to UN reports.

But the loss of education is only one of the many concerns. Children are experiencing frequent nightmares, behaving aggressively, and they are drawing images of violence and destruction.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with international partner agencies in Camp Kilis, Turkey, to address the psychological, health, and education needs of 400 Syrian refugee children.

To support the influx of children needing services, a new Child-Friendly Space will be created for children ages 5 to 12 to receive psychosocial care and education to help them deal with the anxieties of war. Here, they are encouraged to make new friends, develop their artistic talents in music and theatre, and boost their self-confidence through motivational competitions.

More than 3,000 schools have been damaged or destroyed since the conflict in Syria began in March 2011. Child-Friendly Spaces offer war-affected children a safe place to learn and grow. Give to International Disaster Response, Advance #982450. Give now


PRAYER: COLORADO FLOODS
Flooding in Longmont, Colorado forced area residents, including a United Methodist district superintendent, to evacuate Sept. 13.
Devastating flash floods raged across 17 counties in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado in recent days. More than 12,000 people had been evacuated from their homes; about 600 people are missing; eight have died; and 19,000 homes had been damaged or destroyed, according to news reports. UMCOR has responded with an emergency grant to the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference, and a first shipment of cleaning buckets and health kits from UMCOR West Depot in Salt Lake City arrived yesterday. Please pray for Colorado residents in the midst of this crisis and for their recovery and cleanup in the days ahead.




CAREERS: UMCOR AND GLOBAL MINISTRIES OPENINGS
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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: RELIEF SUPPLIES


Relief kits help sustain everyday life for people who lack ready access to essential supplies.
You can help replenish the stock of supplies at both UMCOR Sager Brown in Baldwin, Louisiana, and UMCOR West in Salt Lake City, Utah, by helping UMCOR communicate the ongoing need for relief-kit items. Recent events like the Colorado floods places an additional strain on available resources that need to meet other urgent requests.

Help equip UMCOR to respond. Use this church bulletin insert to collect a special offering on Sunday to help purchase bulk resources for each UMCOR kit.

MEDIA: SYRIA: WORSHIP AND REFLECTION



In this video, Jack Amick, assistant general secretary of UMCOR International Disaster Response, provides an update on the Syria conflict, UMCOR’s response there, and offers worship suggestions your church can use during Sunday service to lift up those affected by the conflict.




 


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. Syrian children at a Child Friendly Space in Kilis, Turkey have a safe place to learn and grow.
Photo courtesy of IBC

Image 2. Flooding in Longmont, Colorado forced area residents, including a United Methodist district superintendent, to evacuate Sept. 13.
Rocky Mountain Conference via umcconnections.org.

Image 3. Relief kits help sustain everyday life for people who lack ready access to essential supplies.
Nada Dajani/ANERA

Image 4. Children receive winter coats and school kits in Kilis, Turkey with support from UMCOR.
Courtesy of IBC


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