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The town of Harvest, Alabama, has lost 57 people to tornadoes over the past several decades.
22 Jul 2014 After Losses, Alabama Town Plans Shelter
For a small Alabama town, a storm shelter will stem a tide of loss.
21 Jul 2014 Church Seeks to Meet Needs in Border Crisis
United Methodists are working to ease the crisis due to a sharply increased flow of unaccompanied minors and others from Central America coming into the United States.
A top cement producer in Haiti offers gainful employment to five community members in Haut Damier, Haiti.
18 Jul 2014 ‘Cementing’ Livelihoods in Haiti
A top cement producer in Haiti offers gainful employment to five community members in Haut Damier, Haiti.
16 Jul 2014 Hard Labor Yields Hope, Relationships
Youth volunteers help repair flood damage in Sterling, Colorado. Read a local news report about the UMVIM teams.
UMCOR aids partner in food relief to mine explosion survivors.
15 Jul 2014 Turkey: Caring in Disaster’s Aftermath
UMCOR aids partner in food relief to mine explosion survivors.
11 Jul 2014 Faith-Based Organizations Host Disaster Recovery Volunteers in Alaska
Faith-based organizations in Anchorage and Fairbanks are welcoming hundreds of volunteers as they help rebuild communities hit by last year’s flooding and ice jams along the Yukon River.
Parish Nurse Jill Gosswiller takes the blood pressure of Melva Edwards following worship at the First United Methodist Church in Albany, Oregon. Gosswiller sets up in the congregation's chapel and church members line up to get their blood pressure checked and discuss other health concerns with her.
10 Jul 2014 Five Things You Can Do to Start a Health Ministry
Survey provides insight into church needs for enhancing or starting a healthy ministry.
9 Jul 2014 Young Children Raise UMCOR Awareness
Young children in Brunswick, Georgia, raise money and awareness for UMCOR disaster relief.
8 Jul 2014 After Tornado, Missouri Church Focuses on Disaster Response
Three years after a tornado tore through Joplin, Missouri, the town is recovering well. In the heart of it all, Saint Paul UMC maintains a focus on disaster response.
An Early Response Team from South Carolina pitches in to help during Alabama’s tornado recovery.
8 Jul 2014 'Lives Were Changed Forever' in Alabama
Alabama remembers 2011 storms and responds to new tornadoes.
UMCOR Sudan Head of Mission Juliet Stein (center, in sunglasses) and former UMCOR staff Amber Kubera (back, right) are greeted by local women in Abu Senedira, Sudan. PHOTO CREDIT: UMCOR Sudan
3 Jul 2014 Seeking Development Amid Shifting Sands of Sudan
UMCOR works with local communities to build a future of peace with development.
In the flood-ravaged region of Bosnia-Herzegovina, GlobalMedic’s Rapid Response Team member Don Ryan delivers an UMCOR-funded Kitchen Kit
1 Jul 2014 Battling the Balkans Floods
UMCOR partners in the Balkans help families and whole communities recover from massive flooding.
A member of Agarakadzor Agricultural Cooperative examines a crop at a greenhouse in Nor Yerznka Agricultural Cooperative.
30 Jun 2014 You Succeed Best by Helping Others to Succeed
With support from UMCOR, a rural community in Armenia mobilizes to improve livelihoods and quality of life.
27 Jun 2014 UMC Responds to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
The United Methodist Church is launching an Ebola Emergency Response Plan in the face of an outbreak of the deadly disease in the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.
26 Jun 2014 UMCOR Responds to Immigration Crisis
UMCOR expedited emergency funds to support local church response to a “rising flow” of refugees at the U.S./Mexico border.
Summer volunteers repair homes in rural Appalachia.
26 Jun 2014 Appalachia Service Project Transforms Volunteers
Find out where 14,548 volunteers will be working.
Volunteers from First United Methodist Church in Prescott, Arkansas, rebuild a tornado-damaged home.
25 Jun 2014 ‘Glimmer of Hope’ in Arkansas
Volunteers in Arkansas reflect on hope.
19 Jun 2014 UMCOR Responds to Nebraska Tornadoes
UMCOR responds with an emergency grant to support tornado-affected populations in Pilger, Nebraska.
19 Jun 2014 Saving Grain for a Rainy Day in Haiti
Farmers in Haiti hope to reduce post-harvest crop losses through an UMCOR project in conjunction with USAID.
Bishop John K. Yambasu, The United Methodist Church of Sierra Leone, during the opening ceremony where he presented the keys and dedicated the re-opened hospital.
19 Jun 2014 Rotifunk Hospital Re-Opens
Partners around the world help breathe new life into a remote clinic in Sierra Leone.
A truck loaded with UMCOR-funded relief supplies, including blankets, rugs and pillows, made its way through northern Afghanistan for distribution by UMCOR partner Church World Service. PHOTO CREDIT:  CWS-Pakistan/Afghanistan staff
17 Jun 2014 Sign of Hope After Afghanistan Landslides
UMCOR and partner Church World Service provide emergency relief to an isolated area of Afghanistan.
A farmer in Haiti shows the goat that he received from the “Passing on the Gift” goat-raising program, an initiative piloted by UMCOR and Église Methodiste d’Haiti (EMH) in 2012 to strengthen local farmer incomes.
13 Jun 2014 Partnering to Strengthen Goat Farmer Income
UMCOR and Église Methodiste d’Haiti partner to improve farmer income through the “Passing on the Gift” goat-raising program.
Community connection is one of many fruits Big Gardens yield.
12 Jun 2014 ‘Big Gardens’ Yield All Kinds of Harvest
Community connection is one of many fruits Big Gardens yield.
Youssef Hassan has owned his own carpentry shop since completing an UMCOR vocational training course in 2012. PHOTO CREDIT: Linda Unger
11 Jun 2014 More than Surviving in Sudan
Graduates of UMCOR Sudan vocational training programs use their skills to improve their families’ quality of life.
A couple watches as floodwaters batter parts of Colorado in September 2013.
10 Jun 2014 Colorado Flood Recovery Just Beginning
A Colorado couple shares their story of recovery after floodwaters ravaged their home last September.

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