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UMCOR and IBC food assistance arrives for displaced families in Duhok, Northern Iraq.
4 Feb 2016 Iraq: Food for Uprooted Families
UMCOR and International Blue Crescent help meet the needs of populations uprooted by conflict in Iraq.
A resident in the Dry Creek neighborhood of Travis County, Texas, walks through damaged property caused by severe flooding last fall. Photo: FEMA/Andrea Booher
2 Feb 2016 Prayers Answered After Disaster
After widespread floods and tornadoes in the U.S., UMCOR’s response is more than statistics, it’s personal.
1 Feb 2016 A Call for Prayer for Peace in Syria
Global Ministries leader urges prayer for Syria peace negotiations.
29 Jan 2016 Nicaragua: Improving Quality of Life
In Nicaragua, local health promoters are empowered to address community health, food security, and disaster prevention and mitigation.
Yovanna Troanksy, UMCOR’s disaster risk reduction executive, stands in front of the double-storied evacuation center built with UMCOR support in Leyte Province, Philippines. Photo: Courtesy of Yovanna Troansky
28 Jan 2016 Philippines: Protection Against Future Disasters
Typhoon-resistant community evacuation shelters in the Philippines are part of a disaster risk reduction strategy to weather the next storm.
During a nutrition training in Ghana, participants learn how to sort and process Moringa leaves, which are rich in nutrients and helps fortify the daily diet.
26 Jan 2016 Ghana Training Promotes Food Security
Empowering communities in Ghana to become self-sufficient, as they address malnutrition, alleviate poverty, and strengthen their resources.
21 Jan 2016 Global Ministries Leader Joins Humanitarian Appeal on Syria
Thomas Kemper among co-signers from 130 organizations calling for peace and access to civilians affected by conflict.
Villagers in Thrukandalam, Thiruvallur, gather to receive the first round of clean, drinkable water from the newly-installed AP700 point-of-source water purification unit, thanks to support from UMCOR and GlobalMedic. Photo: GlobalMedic
21 Jan 2016 After Severe Rains, Floods, India is Not Forgotten
UMCOR and partner GlobalMedic provide clean water to communities in India after serious flooding.
Churches have been working alongside government agencies to help people in Flint get clean water.  Photo: Peter Plum
19 Jan 2016 Filtering Lead-Contaminated Waters in Michigan
After water in Flint, Michigan, became contaminated with lead, UMCOR aids the church in its response to the water crisis.
Julia Chang, who came with her parents to the U.S. as refugees, was recognized last fall by the General Board of Global Ministries for her 35 years of service to the mission agency. Photo: Christopher Tricomi
14 Jan 2016 Hong Kong Refugee Honored for 35 Years of Service to Mission Agency
Julia Chang, senior accountant with Global Ministries, is honored for 35 years of service.
Carol Greenslate, disaster response coordinator for the Texas Annual (regional) Conference, advises responders. Photo: Marji Bishir Hill
12 Jan 2016 United Methodist Disaster Responders Receive Public Recognition
What do award-winning disaster responders have in common?
Zoya Hameed (right), a physician from the United Kingdom, hugs Hanin, a frightened refugee girl on a beach near Molyvos, on the Greek island of Lesbos. Hameed is one of hundreds of volunteers on the island who welcome the refugees. Photo by Paul Jeffrey
18 Dec 2015 Journey of Hope: Refugees in Europe
Photographer Paul Jeffrey chronicles the journey of hope of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, North Africa, and elsewhere as they traveled through Europe in 2015.
18 Dec 2015 Welcome the Stranger: Video Reflection
Welcome the Stranger is a video reflection highlighting the journeys of two Syrian refugees who have found hope in Messstetten, Germany, through the compassionate response of community and local churc ...
18 Dec 2015 Living Into A New Reality
United Methodists in Europe practice Christian hospitality in the wake of the migration crisis.
17 Dec 2015 Interfaith Welcome in Indiana for Syrian Refugees
Christians, Jews, Muslims show support for Syrian families through rally, prayer vigil at Epworth United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.
The volcano Tungurahua near Baños, Ecuador. Photo: Martin Zeise, Wikimedia Commons
17 Dec 2015 Ecuador: Lessening the Impact of Disaster
UMCOR helps communities in Ecuador learn basic measures of disaster risk reduction to lessen the effects of potential dangers from spewing volcanic ash.
North Alabama residents will never forget the devastating tornadoes that struck in April, 2011, but now people feel safer because storm shelters are in place. Photo: Gil Hanke
15 Dec 2015 Memories, Recoveries Mark Year’s End
When is disaster recovery complete?
11 Dec 2015 Volunteers in Austria Welcome Refugees
Volunteers in Vienna railroad station welcome refugees with a wide range of services.
Refugee children in Iran are among the populations receiving warm winter clothing, and other items to fend off the frigid temperatures. The material aid was provided with the support of HAMI, a local Iranian group, UMCOR, and partner CWS-Asia. Photo courtesy CSW Asia.
10 Dec 2015 Winter Help for Refugees in Iran
UMCOR and partners CWS-Asia and HAMI provide warmth for Syrian refugees in Iran as winter brings sub-zero temperatures.
9 Dec 2015 Looking ‘Beyond Bethlehem’ to Aid Refugees
Jesus was a refugee, notes a Global Ministries and Ginghamsburg Church project that offers resources to United Methodist congregations for Christmas offering.
Flooding, tornadoes, and more flooding have caused extensive damage in central Texas.   Photo: Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA
8 Dec 2015 Texas Community Sees Triple Disasters
How does UMCOR help during repeat disasters?
4 Dec 2015 Café Offers Refugees Respite and Welcome
The café in Messstetten, Germany is staffed by volunteers, many from area churches.
Farhan Othman holds 9-month old Mohammed as her husband Ahmade Alkalil holds 3-year old Suleiman in the countryside outside Messstetten, Germany. Refugees from Syria, they have applied for asylum in Germany and are awaiting word on the government's decision. Meanwhile, they live in a room in a former army barracks in Messstetten. PHOTO CREDITS: Photos by Paul Jeffrey
4 Dec 2015 Refugees Await Fresh Start in Germany
At a former army barracks in the village of Messstetten, refugees share stories of peril and hope.
UMC #GivingTuesday generates a record $6.5 million online with nearly 11,000 donors in 34 countries giving through The Advance.
4 Dec 2015 United Methodists Give Generously During #GivingTuesday
United Methodists demonstrate inspiring generosity through their UMC #GivingTuesday contributions on Dec. 1, donating $2.8 million for mission and ministries around the world.
UMCOR is partnering with GLIM to make clean water more accessible to vulnerable people, especially women and children, in Faisalabad District, Pakistan.
3 Dec 2015 Blessing of Water in Pakistan
Family hand pumps provide clean water for families making a living in Falaisabad District.

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