United Methodist Committee on Relief

September 2013 | UMCOR Hotline

Francesco Paganini, manager for UMCOR’s International Disaster Response, visits Majengo Health Center in Goma, DRC.
Fighting continues in North Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The conflict between government and rebel forces has caused thousands of people to flee from their homes and settle into formal camps, churches, or schools, placing a significant strain on limited resources and an already weak health system.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is supporting the United Methodist Church of DR Congo to provide primary health care services to affected populations through the Majengo Health Center in the city of Goma.

The health center, which is seeing an increased patient load of about 900 cases per month, will receive a three-month supply of medicine to help reduce morbidity and mortality among displaced populations suffering from malaria, respiratory issues, or other chronic illnesses. UMCOR’s support will also allow for additional nurse staff to aid the center in managing daily patient consultations.

About 10,000 internally displaced people, and at least 30,000 host families in the area of Majengo will benefit from this support.

You can help us meet ongoing emergency needs by donating to International Disaster Response, Advance # 982450. Give now

Health board training participants during a workshop exercise in Sierra Leone.
Please pray for the success of the upcoming Pan Africa Health Forum which will take place on September 9-13 in Accra, Ghana. About 40 participants representing 13 United Methodist annual conference health boards in Africa and nine African countries will gather to discuss health development strategies and best practices. Intercede with Proverbs 3: 5-6.

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


Syria resource.
The Syrian conflict continues to make news headlines as it claims more and more lives. But, relief materials provided by UMCOR and partners bring moments of peace, refuge and relief to conflict-affected families who have lost jobs and are unable to provide for their children because of this crisis.

Download and share this Syria resource which highlights the provision of 70,450 relief supply kits to the most vulnerable populations in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, and learn how you can help.


As conflict and disasters arise around the world, so does the need for material resources at UMCOR depots.

Help UMCOR to be ready and able to respond to emergency needs by replenishing the inventory of relief supplies.

Watch UMCOR’s relief-supply video to learn how you can assemble and ship kits to help disaster survivors around the world, including in the US. Sending relief kits to those who need basic materials in the wake of a disaster is an efficient and immediate way to help.


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. Francesco Paganini, manager for UMCOR’s International Disaster Response, visits Majengo Health Center in Goma, DRC.
Photo courtesy of Francesco Paganini

Image 2. Health board training participants during a workshop exercise in Sierra Leone.
Ted Warnock

Image 3. This Syria resource highlights the support of UMCOR and our partners to populations in Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon affected by the crisis in Syria.
Image cover by Paul Jeffrey


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