UMCOR

United Methodist Committee on Relief

  • "Collaborating Like Never Before" Global Ministries' Work in Haiti - Collaboration in mission was a recurring theme at the April 12-14 meeting of directors of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, and nowhere was the goal better illustrated than in report of how the agency is responding to the January 12 earthquake in Haiti.
  • Canals Save Lives in Congo Village - People thought Bishop Nkulu Ntanda Ntambo was crazy when he directed villagers to dig out canals in this central African village.
  • Church Building ‘Culture of Nets’ to Save Lives - Over a hill, far as the eye can see, are tiny graves for babies and toddlers. Mothers and fathers have written the names of their babies on the wooden crosses that stand as tombstones on each mound. Many of the children buried here died from malaria
  • Church Plans $10.4 Million Project for Haiti - As America’s first lady appealed to the world not to forget Haiti, the United Methodist Committee on Relief backed a three-year, $10.4 million earthquake relief and recovery program for the ravaged nation.
  • Church Provides Anti-Malaria Nets in Congo - Hundreds of children jostle each other to get a glimpse of what is happening.
  • Congo Church Brings Joy to the World - Katuba United Methodist Church has cracked concrete floors, wooden benches that rock on uneven legs and no air circulation.
  • Congo Community Prepares for Nets - A South African super star, government officials and religious leaders will travel down a rough, muddy path to a neglected neighborhood on April 15 bringing hope wrapped in square plastic bags.
  • Earthquake Strikes China - At least 400 people have died and 8,000 were injured when an earthquake struck western Qinghai Province in China at 07:49 this morning. UMCOR is working with our partners in China to assess casualties and damages.
  • Global Ministries Reaches Out to the Methodist Church of Haiti - Bishop Bruce Ough, President of the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM), spent the first part of Holy Week in Haiti with The Reverend Gesner Paul, head of the Methodist Church of Haiti (EMH).
  • Haiti Pilot Project Readied for Mission Volunteers - Earthquake-related United Methodist mission volunteer service in Haiti will focus on housing, health, education, and pastoral services under a six-month pilot project expected to get underway soon.
  • Immigration Reform: Challenge to the Church - “If you’re sitting there thinking, ‘My church won’t fight for immigration reform’ or, ‘My church will never get behind that,’ it’s because you won’t lead it there,” said Bill Mefford, director of Civil and Human Rights for the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS).
  • Model Recovery Plan Proposed in Chile - After a week of touring disaster sites in Chile, executives of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) will work out a "model" recovery plan with the Methodist Church of Chile
  • Nurturing Hope in Kamina - When the group of 30 community health workers from the village of Kamina in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) stepped off a bus and onto the muddy earth of their neighbors’ group farm, they were amazed at the crop.
  • Partners Work to Eliminate Malaria in Congo - After April 15, they will be able to rest easier knowing all their loved ones will be sleeping under insecticide-treated mosquito nets donated by religious organizations including The United Methodist Church.
  • Passion and Resurrection in Penco - When the Rev. Oscar Espinosa Parra pauses to chat on the sand of Penco, Chile, and the blue waves roll rhythmically from sea to shore, it’s hard to imagine this ocean as anything but peaceful.
  • Pastor from Texas to Lead United Methodist Committee on Relief - The Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey, a pastor from Texas with a background in the local church, international health ministries, domestic disaster relief, and organizational management is the new head of the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
  • Swift Response for Victimes of China Earthquake - In less than 24 hours after a devastating earthquake ripped through the rugged terrain in China’s remote Qinghai province on April 14, an experienced team from The Amity Foundation was on the first flight out of Nanjing to coordinate emergency aid and to assess future relief efforts.
  • UMCOR Grants for Zimbabwe and Democratic Republic of Congo Approved - More than 16,000 households in Zimbabwe will benefit from the distribution of maize meal by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe.
  • UMCOR Marks World Malaria Day - Starting tomorrow, UMCOR Indonesia will commemorate World Malaria Day with a program of activities aimed at involving students, teachers, and local communities in learning about and preventing the disease.
  • UMCOR Partner Visits Quake Area - Within 24 hours of the earthquake that rocked Qinghai Province in northwestern China, UMCOR partner The Amity Foundation sent a delegation to the disaster area to assess damages and needs.
  • UMCOR Ready to Help in Mississippi - The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is preparing to send emergency funds to Mississippi, where tornadoes rammed through 13 counties on Saturday, killing 10 and injuring dozens of residents.
  • UMCOR Training Critical in Chile Earthquake Response - Methodist Church of Chile emergency response personnel who participated in an UMCOR training last fall said the program was critical to their ability to respond to the massive earthquake that practically followed on its heels.