United Methodist Committee on Relief


UMCOR News Stories 2010

"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 r ...
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.
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 na ...
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 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.
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 Provides Anti-Malaria Nets in Congo
Hundreds of children jostle each other to get a glimpse of what is happening.
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 fl ...
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 dis ...
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.
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 Civi ...
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 resident ...
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. M ...
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.
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 practica ...
In a Refugee’s Shoes
“Time’s up! The boats are leaving! Get on or get left behind!” These were the words shouted by Stephen Copley, director of Justice for Our Neighbors-Arkansas, who lent his support to act as a mean gua ...
A Plea for Prayers in US South
Tennessee and neighboring states have been hard hit by devastating floods resulting from a major weather event that moved slowly across the southern states.
UMCOR Indonesia Launches Second Phase of Income Generation Program
UMCOR Indonesia launched the second phase of its post-tsunami income generation program.
Earthquake Shines a Light on Chile
The February 27 earthquake in Chile brought to light otherwise “hidden realities” in this South American country, said Juan Salazar, disaster response coordinator of the Methodist Church of Chile (IME ...
Supporting Mothers and Their Infants in Georgia
During the war in South Ossetia, Georgia in 2008, Nino Kristesiashvili and her family were forced to flee their home in Eredvi, located at the center of the conflict zone. The Kristesiashvili’s home w ...
The Gift of Water
After war in Afghanistan in the 1980s chased Masoom, a farmer, and millions of his compatriots into Pakistan, the land in his native Duuda Must village lay abandoned and its underground irrigation sys ...
UMCOR at Seventy
Seventy years after its founding as a short-term response to suffering, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) continues to respond to people in need, to stand with them through natural and ...
Cynthia Harvey
Meet Cynthia Harvey, the new head of UMCOR. Learn about her passion and vision on behalf of the UMC.
Transition in Tennessee—Maybe
For those who can afford it, June will be a month of transition from cleanup to rebuilding after historic floods in Tennessee damaged or destroyed homes and businesses last month.
Love and Hardship in Tennessee
“There is so much energy and love outpoured; it breaks your heart thinking about the hardships that lie ahead,” said Rev. Jason Brock, Disaster Response coordinator for the Tennessee Annual Conference ...