United Methodist Committee on Relief

The UMCOR Hotline for September 22, 2016

In this issue of the UMCOR Hotline, learn how UMCOR is assisting tornado and flood-affected communities in Indiana; and how the agency is supporting partner GlobalMedic is assisting communities recovering from Tropical Storm Roanu with water, sanitation and hygiene.


Last month in Howard County, Indiana, eight tornadoes swept through the city of Kokoma in one afternoon and evening. The tornadoes struck the same area that was hardest hit by tornadoes more than two years ago.

Kokomo is a low-income area, and communities there faced power outages, uprooted trees, blown-off roofs, and severe damage to homes and churches. Several hundred people were displaced from their homes. Miraculously, no one was killed or hurt.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is supporting the Indiana Annual Conference with an emergency grant to assist the efforts of a local mission project, Kokomo Urban Outreach, which is providing recovery support for the outreach center and the community it serves. With the help of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM), Kokomo Urban Outreach will provide immediate basic needs to tornado survivors, including food supplies, shelter, clean-up supplies, and personal living needs.

UMCOR is also assisting the Indiana conference with a grant for the city of South Bend, which experienced a heavy downfall of rain in August — 12 inches in two hours. The city and surrounding areas experienced severe flooding in areas that were not expected to flood and not located in a flood plain. More than 1,000 homes were either damaged or destroyed.

The UMCOR grant will allow the conference to support local United Methodist churches in their efforts to assist their neighborhoods, and will provide supplies to meet the immediate needs of individuals who have been displaced.

You can support UMCOR disaster response efforts in the U.S. by giving to U.S. Disaster Response, Advance #901670.


In May, Tropical Storm Roanu devastated Sri Lanka, leaving 400,000 people without access to clean drinking water and 190,000 people displaced from their homes. The storm brought heavy rainfall, which caused serious flooding and damaging landslides.

UMCOR supported partner GlobalMedic in providing a comprehensive water, sanitation, and hygiene response to flood-affected survivors.

Watch this video to learn more.

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.

Video Caption

Video: A GlobalMedic worker demonstrates to community members in Sri Lanka how to operate a water purification unit. 


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