United Methodist Committee on Relief

January 2015 | UMCOR Hotline

Last August, a magnitude-6.0 earthquake hit northern California four miles northwest of American Canyon and 51 miles west-southwest of Sacramento.

The earthquake caused about 200 injuries, 1 death, disruption of all utilities, and an estimated $200 million in damage. In addition, it provoked job loss, displacement from home, emotional trauma and financial distress. Some 4,500 buildings were damaged, including structural damage to homes and businesses.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is supporting the California-Nevada Annual Conference through an initial phase of funding that will provide disaster case management for about 500 individuals (or 250-300 families) residing in Napa County and surrounding areas impacted by the earthquake.

Disaster case management will be offered in partnership with two existing community long-term recovery organizations, their collective membership organizations and a broader regional community of churches.

Francisco Gonzalas is a small-scale farmer in Nicaragua and a part of Prodecoop.
God, bless the campesinos, the small-scale coffee farmers who spend all year working small, family-owned farms, with unpredictable harvests.

Renew their souls so that they might carry on through the next harvest as their coffee fuels me through the next challenge in my life.

Help me remember that when I choose to buy the things that I need from fair-trade companies, I’m investing in social projects like fresh-water wells, educational materials and organic agriculture projects.

Remind me every day that I do mission work simply by choosing the coffee that I drink.


Rebekah Forni is a worker-owner at Equal Exchange, a fair-trade coffee cooperative that only purchases from small-scale farmer co-ops. Learn more at

Browse through this resource to discover 75 ways to celebrate UMCOR’s 75th Anniversary.
UMCOR has developed 75 creative ways you can involve your church community in celebrating UMCOR’s 75th anniversary.

The 75 suggestions include: holding a mission celebration for UMCOR’s 75th anniversary; sponsoring a 7.5-mile relay with proceeds going to UMCOR; using resources from the Pastor’s Toolkit during a worship service, and organizing a “Pray for UMCOR Day” at your church, plus so much more.

Whichever activities you use, honor the 75 years of UMCOR’s relief work by recalling its years of service and making a contribution to One Great Hour of Sharing, which directly funds UMCOR’s administrative costs and supports all UMCOR’s work.

To mark the 75th anniversary, there will be a special celebration on March 15, One Great Hour of Sharing Special Sunday, March 15, 2015. Watch for more information on UMCOR’s website and Facebook page.


Palm Sunday is March 29. Celebrate the triumphal entry of Christ using palm fronds that are fairly traded.

Through the Eco-Palm Project, palms bought from harvesters are purchased at a fair price and cut down in a way that protects the environment. Proceeds from palm sales help harvesters send their children to school, improve their communities, and provide necessary healthcare.

Place your eco-palm order now, and watch this informational video to learn more. Orders must be placed by no later than March 6 for delivery during the week of March 22.

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit 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:

PO Box 9068
New York, NY 10087-9068
or by calling 1-800-554-85831-800-554-8583 FREE, 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: Francisco Gonzalas is a small-scale farmer in Nicaragua and a part of Prodecoop.
Photo: Rebekah Forni

Image 2: Browse through this resource to discover 75 ways to celebrate UMCOR’s 75th Anniversary.


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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.