UMCOR

United Methodist Committee on Relief

January 2014 | UMCOR Hotline


NEWS: WEST VIRGINIA CHEMICAL SPILL
Pictured here are church members from St. Andrews UMC in St. Albans, WV, filling water containers for community members.
Last week, a chemical spill in West Virginia contaminated drinking water used by about 300,000 residents. The spill affected the state capital, Charleston, and nine surrounding counties.

According to the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, a 48,000-gallon tank at the Elk River storage facility leaked 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol, a compound used to wash coal of its impurities. At this time, it is unknown how much of the chemical leaked into the river and the potential health risks, but about 169 patients were treated in emergency rooms for symptoms related to chemical exposure, according to news reports.

Greg Forrester, US Disaster Response executive for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), has been working with West Virginia’s disaster response coordinator to provide local shower trailers for emergency workers and other resources to aid affected communities. UMCOR issued an emergency grant to the West Virginia Annual (regional) Conference to help meet urgent needs.

Please support affected residents in West Virginia with your gifts to US Disaster Response, Advance #901670.Give now

PRAYER: CARIBBEAN FLASH FLOODS
Please pray for UMCOR Philippines staff and volunteers in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan.
Please pray for the residents of the Caribbean islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and Dominica, which experienced severe rains that triggered flash flooding and landslides in late December. The event affected the water, damaged power lines and destroyed homes. At least eight people have died and five others were injured in St. Vincent and the Grenadines alone, according to news reports.

UMCOR is responding with an emergency grant to St. Vincent through a request from the South Caribbean District of the Methodist Church and is working with the local church to provide relief where needed.


MEET UMCOR STAFF: ERIKA PEARL
Surrounded by many children in Liberia Erika Pearl (center), is UMCOR’s program manager overseeing the work in South Sudan, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan.
Erika Pearl is UMCOR program manager for International Programs and is responsible for working with UMCOR’s offices in Afghanistan, South Sudan and Sri Lanka.

Pearl says of her work, “My work gives me the opportunity to work with, learn from and get to know individuals who are deeply committed to working with their neighbors and rebuilding their communities to make a better future for their children and the children of their community. It is a privilege and a blessing to know these individuals who have come together to make a change.”

Ms. Pearl has more than fifteen years of experience working in the international health and development field, combined with non-profit administration and management abilities. She also has extensive experience in post-conflict and low-resource situations as well as deep intercultural understanding, all of which benefit her work alongside UMCOR field staff.

RESOURCE: BIBLE STUDY — ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
Being Hope, United Methodists in Global Mission is part of a four-week church-wide Sunday school study for adults, youth, and children.
Being Hope, United Methodists in Global Mission is part of a four-week church-wide Sunday school study for adults, youth, and children that follows the 2014 theme of One Great Hour of Sharing—Be Hope.

Developed for individual or group use, this study explores the biblical and Wesleyan foundations for our work as a denomination in the areas of disaster relief, global health, and global development, as well as the role we play in our churches’ mission efforts close to home.

Order this resource now and click here for other One Great Hour of Sharing resources for the March 30 observance.

Supporting One Great Hour of Sharing makes it possible for UMCOR to use 100 percent of all other contributions on the projects you specify instead of on administrative or fundraising costs. UMCOR does not receive United Methodist World Service or apportionment funds, so without your offerings, UMCOR would not exist.


MEDIA: RELIEF SUPPLIES
Contents for UMCOR school kits are among the many supplies in need at UMCOR Sager Brown.

UMCOR relief-supply shipments of school and health kits are moving steadily ahead to Turkey to bring relief to Syrian refugees and to Georgia to assist displaced families. Shipments are also being readied for Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Philippines. As materials leave the storehouse, the demand for supplies continues to increase around the world. Please help UMCOR keep relief-supply contents in stock.

Learn how to assemble relief-supply kits by watching instructional videos available on the UMCOR Relief-Supply web page, and consider holding a volunteer event that will gather family and friends into a time of giving and fellowship.

You can also give to Material Resources, Advance #901440 to help UMCOR Sager Brown purchase kit contents in bulk.


 


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. The St. Albans area was one of a few areas that had safe water in the Kanawha Valley. Pictured here are church members from St. Andrews UMC in St. Albans, WV, filling water containers for community members.
Courtesy of the West Virginia Annual Conference Flickr page

Image 2. Please pray for those affected in the Caribbean by recent flooding.
Photo by Mike DuBose

Image 3. Surrounded by many children in Liberia Erika Pearl (center), is UMCOR’s program manager overseeing the work in South Sudan, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan.
Photo courtesy of Erika Pearl

Image 4. Being Hope, United Methodists in Global Mission is part of a four-week church-wide Sunday school study for adults, youth, and children.
Cover photo: Paul Jeffrey

Image 5. Contents for UMCOR school kits are among the many supplies in need at UMCOR Sager Brown.
Judith Santiago


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Compelled by Christ to be a voice of conscience on behalf of the people called Methodist, UMCOR works globally to alleviate human suffering and advance hope and healing.