United Methodist Committee on Relief

The UMCOR Hotline for June 30, 2016

In this issue of the UMCOR Hotline, learn how UMCOR and partners are helping drought-affected communities in Ethiopia with food aid; and pray with Bishop Sandra L. Steiner Ball for those impacted by damaging floods in West Virginia.


Ethiopia is experiencing one of the worst droughts in decades. The El Niño weather event continues to wreak havoc on communities and families in numerous parts of the world.

As a result of the drought, malnutrition rates have greatly increased — 450,000 children are expected to be treated for severe malnutrition, and a further 2.2 million children and pregnant and lactating women will be treated for moderate acute malnutrition.

The latest 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document released in December 2015, estimates that this year, 6 million children are at risk from hunger, disease, and lack of water.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) recently approved a grant to support partner International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) in providing a three-month supply of nutritious food, a corn-soya blend, to about 7,080 people in the Kewet Woreda, North Shoa Zone, Amhara Region of Ethiopia. Food supplies will go to malnourished children under 5 years of age, pregnant and lactating mothers, and those living with HIV and AIDS.

Your gifts to International Disaster Response, Advance #982450 International Disaster Response, Advance #982450 supports UMCOR’s response to emergency needs like this one around the world.

Pray for those affected by damaging floods in West Virginia.
Late last week, West Virginia experienced one of its worst flood disasters ever. The floods and severe weather claimed the lives of at least 23 people, left thousands of West Virginia residents without power, and damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes.

UMCOR is in contact with the disaster response team of the West Virginia Annual Conference, and 1,500 cleaning buckets and 1,500 health kits are on their way to the conference. Read more.

West Virginia Annual Conference Bishop Sandra L. Steiner Ball, offered this prayer of support:

"I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm — I will come to you." —John 14:18 (The Living Bible)

Oh God, hold your children of West Virginia in your strong arms once again. You know the loss, the crisis, the chaos, the pain that is being experienced by those affected by storm and flood. In the midst of this adversity, please be very present with the families and the communities who have been devastated and are searching for things and for answers. Remind them that you are present and reveal yourself to them in ways and through people which bring them comfort, strength, and hope. Assure them and us that you are in control, no matter what. We thank you Lord, for your love that will not let us go.

Wrap your arms of love around those who are in shock and pain; those who are in the midst of fear and doubt. Help us to both experience your presence and resurrection power, and to be the body of Christ, the light and life of Christ, to those who feel lost.

It is in the name of Christ, Your Son, our Savior, that we pray this simple prayer believing in Your power to bring all Your people through the storm, into recovery, new life, healing, hope, and peace. Amen!

Gifts to U.S. Disaster Response, Advance #901670 supports UMCOR’s response to emergencies like this one in the United States.

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.
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Image 1: Pray for those affected by damaging floods in West Virginia. Photo: Mike DuBose


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