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UMCOR News Stories 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.
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 ...
Living Into A New Reality
United Methodists in Europe practice Christian hospitality in the wake of the migration crisis.
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.
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.
Memories, Recoveries Mark Year’s End
When is disaster recovery complete?
Volunteers in Austria Welcome Refugees
Volunteers in Vienna railroad station welcome refugees with a wide range of services.
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.
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.
Texas Community Sees Triple Disasters
How does UMCOR help during repeat disasters?
Café Offers Refugees Respite and Welcome
The café in Messstetten, Germany is staffed by volunteers, many from area churches.
Refugees Await Fresh Start in Germany
At a former army barracks in the village of Messstetten, refugees share stories of peril and hope.
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.
Blessing of Water in Pakistan
Family hand pumps provide clean water for families making a living in Falaisabad District.
How Natural are Media's 'Natural Disasters'?
UMCOR’s Disaster Risk Reduction Executive Yovanna Troansky speaks for many on the front lines of emergency assistance in taking exception to the "natural" label as it relates to disasters.
In Ferguson, “Who is Not Being Heard?”
What can we learn from Ferguson?
Meeting International Standards in Faith-Based Disaster Response and Risk Reduction
UMCOR trainers work with partners around the world to improve disaster response standards and disaster risk reduction.
Want to Help Resettle Syrian Refugees in the U.S.?
United Methodist congregations in the U.S. should be in touch with Church World Service (CWS). Read more.
Seeking refuge across the sea
Photojournalist and United Methodist missionary documents the arrival of refugees to the Greek island of Lesbos and the solidarity that meets them there.
Agricultural Development in Armenia’s “Valley of Honey”
In Armenia’s Meghradzor region, UMCOR is working with Salli village residents to improve agriculture and redevelop irrigation systems.
Jacksonville Church’s ‘UMCOR Room’ Meets Needs Year-Round
First United Methodist Church Jacksonville uses a designated “UMCOR Room” to make supplies and meet needs.
Honoring Memory, Mission at Sager Brown
During the opening of a new dorm at UMCOR’s Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, La., United Methodists pay tribute to the Revs. Sam Dixon and Clinton Rabb, who died from injuries sustained in the 2010 Haiti ...
Refugees Face Winter Chill in Jordan
UMCOR and partner IOCC provide winterization items for Jordanians and Syrian refugee families.
Dixon Rabb Hall Dedication
The late Revs. Sam Dixon and Clint Rabb were honored today at the dedication of the Dixon Rabb Hall at UMCOR Sager Brown in Baldwin, La. View some of the images taken by UMNS photographer Mike DuBose ...
Taking “Natural” Out of Disasters
A look at why disasters are not natural.