United Methodist Committee on Relief

The UMCOR Hotline for October 7, 2016


Dear friends,

As the General Board of Global Ministries, of which the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a part, finalizes its transition to its new Atlanta headquarters this fall, the UMCOR Hotline will be on hiatus. We want to thank our faithful followers who have relied on the UMCOR Hotline as a vital source of information and connection, and who continually support the work of UMCOR as it seeks to meet the needs of disaster-stricken communities around the world. In the meantime, you can stay connected with UMCOR through Facebook. We look forward to reaching out to you in 2017 from our new home base in Atlanta.

In today’s issue of the UMCOR Hotline, learn how UMCOR is connecting to partners in the wake of Hurricane Matthew; save the date for this year’s UMC #GivingTuesday event on Nov. 29; and help keep UMCOR relief-supply depots stocked.


Geostationary imagery of Hurricane Matthew (2016).
As Hurricane Matthew barrels through the Caribbean, UMCOR has been in contact with its partners in the region, who report that they have been preparing all week for the powerful storm that is projected to impact Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, and the Bahamas, as well as the southeastern United States.

Matthew, a category 4 hurricane, is expected to bring heavy rains, extreme storm surge, and winds of up to 145 miles per hour. It made landfall on southwestern Haiti on Tuesday morning, October 4, the strongest hurricane to strike the country in more than five decades.

Earlier this year, UMCOR hosted a regional disaster-response workshop in Grenada for church and humanitarian partners in the Caribbean and Central America, the fifth in a global series. The training focused on disaster preparedness, disaster response, and disaster risk reduction. Of the four countries in Matthew’s path, representatives from three of them attended the February training.

“This training should help our partners be more prepared for disasters such as this,” said the Rev. Jack Amick, senior director of UMCOR Disaster Response.

As Matthew is projected to swing up the southeast coast of the U.S. at the end of this week, UMCOR also has been in contact with annual conference disaster-response coordinators in Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina, reviewing Early Response Team deployment protocols, UMCOR’s emergency grant request process, the assessment of assets, including churches that can operate as shelters, and other preparations.

Read more about how UMCOR is connecting with regional partners in the Bahamas, Jamaica, as well as partners in Cuba and the southeastern U.S., who are tracking Matthew and preparing a response.

The Atlantic hurricane season does not come to an end until late November. Your gift to UMCOR International Disaster Response, Advance #982450, and UMCOR US Disaster Response, Advance 901670, will help UMCOR respond to needs generated by Hurricane Matthew and other emergencies.

Geostationary imagery of Hurricane Matthew (2016).
On Nov. 29, United Methodists will come together to support the work of Advance missionaries and projects on UMC #GivingTuesday. Last year, more than 770 Advance missionaries and projects received 8,757 gifts through The Advance, the denomination’s designated giving channel.

The theme for UMC #GivingTuesday 2016 is “Give Light, Give Love, Give Life.” Every day, you give God’s light, love, and life through your faithful work, prayers, and gifts.

This year, consider supporting a project that is working in an area you care most about. Gifts made through The Advance make a tangible difference in the lives of those we serve. Also, look out for more information and resources coming soon at

Save the date for the upcoming UMC #GivingTuesday event on Nov. 29.
In times of storms, such as the recent flooding in Louisiana, the demand for relief supplies increases for UMCOR’s Relief-Supply Network. When items are in stock, UMCOR depots are well prepared to ship out readied kits to meet emergency needs around the world.

You can help UMCOR depots keep relief-supply kits in stock to meet current and future demands.

Click on UMCOR’s Relief-Supply web page now and learn how your church can assemble cleaning buckets, hygiene kits, school kits, and more. With hurricane season still upon us, we need your help in keeping a healthy supply of kits for those needing relief in the future.

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 1-800-554-8583, 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 41444 to support our relief efforts around the world. 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.

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 with them.

Photo Captions

Image 1: Geostationary imagery of Hurricane Matthew (2016). Image: United States Naval Research Laboratory.

Image 2: Save the date for the upcoming UMC #GivingTuesday event on Nov. 29.

Image 3: After floods devastated parts of Louisiana, local volunteers loaded a truck with UMCOR cleaning buckets for distribution. Photo: Louisiana Annual Conference.


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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.