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In Dulac, Louisiana, residents take a boat to travel to their home after Hurricane Ike submerged much of the town.  Ike was the most intense Atlantic storm of 2008 and the third costliest storm in the U.S.  This is compared to Hurricane Katrina (2005) which ranks number one as the costliest storm to hit the U.S., followed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which takes the number two position.
15 Apr 2014 Climate Change Has Become a Disaster
Caring for God's creation is responding to human needs in the wake of disasters and also addressing the effects of climate change.
15 Apr 2014 UMCOR Board Approves Philippines, Haiti, and US Grants
UMCOR’s board of directors approves more than $5 million in grants for work in the Philippines, Haiti and the United States.
10 Apr 2014 General Secretary’s Report: God’s Mission and Human Rights
With a focus on human rights in mission, Thomas Kemper’s semiannual report to directors highlighted one of Global Ministries’ mission goals, to “seek justice, freedom and peace.”
Imagine No Malaria efforts reach and teach hundreds of thousands.
10 Apr 2014 Beating Malaria, One Household at a Time
Imagine No Malaria efforts reach and teach hundreds of thousands.
10 Apr 2014 ‘The Kits are Coming!’
When congregations engage in relief supplies ministry, they do a world of good through UMCOR.
9 Apr 2014 New Hope and Life
UMCOR’s top executive, the Rev. Denise Honeycutt, reflects on UMCOR’s role to walk alongside survivors, following the footsteps of Jesus.
UMCOR expands disaster risk reduction projects with CASA, a partner in India, to equip communities to prepare for disasters.
8 Apr 2014 India: Readiness and Reducing Risks
UMCOR expands disaster risk reduction projects with CASA, a partner in India, to equip communities to prepare for disasters.
4 Apr 2014 Mudslide update: Our impact, dollars at work for Oso relief
Pacific Northwest Annual Conference shares an update on United Methodist’s response to Oso, Washington mudslide disaster.
Through the UMCOR-supported DOS Medical Commodities Distribution Program in Armenia, quality healthcare is accessible to mothers, children and entire communities.
3 Apr 2014 From Safe Motherhood to Healthy Generations
Armenian doctor gives special care and attention to maternal and child healthcare needs to ensure healthy future generations.
3 Apr 2014 A Blessing for the People of Chile
The Rev. Jack Amick offers a prayer of blessing for Chile following an earthquake which shook the country on April 1.
2 Apr 2014 Earthquake Rocks Northern Chile
An 8.2 magnitude earthquake shakes northern Chile. UMCOR is monitoring the situation closely and is in contact with local partners.
Shannonn Trilli of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (center) helps gather volunteers, residents  and schoolchildren near Bo, Sierra Leone, for a mosquito net distribution as part of the Imagine No  Malaria campaign in December 2010.
2 Apr 2014 UMCOR: Last to Leave
UMCOR doesn’t leave when the cameras turn off and people begin to forget.
(Left) Florence Millard poses with a cleaning bucket, which she calls her “forever mission project.” (Right) Florence Millard with her youngest great-great-grandchild, celebrated her 95th birthday and collected more than $1,000 in contributions for UMCOR relief supplies.
1 Apr 2014 Relief Kits: A ‘Forever Mission’
Florence Millard, who celebrated her 95th birthday, had UMCOR on her gift list.
28 Mar 2014 Faith, Health, and Peace
UMCOR Global Health executive Shannon Trilli reflects on church’s role in promoting health and peace.
27 Mar 2014 Sacrament of Faith-filled Giving
The Rev. Jack Amick, UMCOR’s International Disaster Response executive, shares about the sacrament of giving and UMCOR’s financial stewardship.
Anoush, seated at the computer, meets with Community Health Volunteers for a discussion about their health work in their village in Armenia. PHOTO CREDIT: Narine Vardapetyan/UMCOR Armenia
27 Mar 2014 Women as Agents of Change
In Armenia, an UMCOR program helps women assert a new role.
A child-friendly space for young Syrian refugees in a camp in Kilis,Turkey, is funded by UMCOR and managed by the International Blue Crescent. UMCOR/JAMES ROLLINS
26 Mar 2014 Syrian Refugee Crisis Challenges Us to Respond
Displaced people, among the least of our brothers and sisters, remind us we still live in a broken world.
Ciony Ayo-Eduarte (center) leads survivors of Typhoon Haiyan to a food distribution by UMCOR in Tacloban, Philippines. Ayo-Eduarte is manager for UMCOR in the Philippines
25 Mar 2014 Philippines: Challenges of Typhoon Recovery
Ciony Ayo-Eduarte, UMCOR Philippines director, stands strong for others in the throes of Typhoon Haiyan recovery.
Two Palestinian refugees from Syria check their family names against a distribution list in Shatila Camp in order to determine when to pick up their relief-supply packages. Credit: ANERA
24 Mar 2014 Refugees and Caregivers
UMCOR partner ANERA distributes relief kits and shares voices of refugee women from Syria in a Lebanon camp.
When volunteers arrived at this New Jersey home, the homeowners called them a “band of angels.”
20 Mar 2014 "A Band of Angels"
After Hurricane Sandy, a New Jersey family had nearly given up hope when 28 “angels” came to their door.
Dr. Tendai Manyeza examines a patient at the Old Mutare Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe. Photo: Courtesy Old Mutare Mission Hospital
20 Mar 2014 The Legacy of the Missionary Doctor
Christie R. House, editor of New World Outlook magazine, interviews Tendai and Natallia Manyeza about their work at Old Mutare Hospital, Zimbabwe.
UMCOR program participants sign in for International Women’s Day celebration. PHOTO CREDIT: UMCOR Haiti
20 Mar 2014 ‘Inspiring Change’ in Haiti
The global theme of International Women’s Day was celebrated in Port-au-Prince and translated into Creyole as “We are the Change!”
19 Mar 2014 United Methodists Serving Syrian Refugees in Jordan
The Rev. Alex Awad, missionary with Global Ministries, shares the work of United Methodists serving the needs of Syrian refugees.
19 Mar 2014 Faith Community Nurses Help Heal Body, Mind and Soul
Faith community nurses offer a unique ministry of healing.
19 Mar 2014 Who Pays for UMCOR?
One Great Hour of Sharing helps keep the lights on at UMCOR.