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The UMCOR Hotline for April 25, 2012

Source: United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) - USA - Wed, 25 Apr 2012 09:04 PM
Author: UMCOR
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In Today's Hotline: Read how UMCOR is responding to needs around the world.

NEWS: HOPE BLOSSOMS IN ALABAMA
PRAYER: PEOPLE VULNERABLE TO MALARIA
MEDIA: UMCOR AND IMAGINE NO MALARIA
RESOURCE: MALARIA BULLETIN INSERT

NEWS: HOPE BLOSSOMS IN ALABAMA

Even as southern and Midwestern US states respond to recent tornadoes, Alabama is still recovering a year after the largest twister outbreak ever recorded. With volunteer teams working across the state repairing and rebuilding homes, responders in Alabama said they see hope coming back into the faces of tornado survivors who lived through four days of violent storms from April 25 to 28, 2011.

“There are repairs and rebuilds going on in almost every affected area,” said Nancy Cole, North Alabama Conference disaster recovery coordinator. “If we hadn’t had help from UMCOR, we wouldn’t be this far along.”

In addition to both emergency and long-term recovery grants totaling $1 million during 2011, UMCOR was able to offer an additional $500,000 grant for 2012 that will enable The United Methodist Church, working closely with other faith-based and voluntary groups, to continue to help as many people as possible.

The time to volunteer in Alabama is now, says the Rev. Tom Hazelwood, UMCOR’s assistant general secretary for US Disaster Response. “For everyone who wanted to rush onsite and help last year, I urge you to consider organizing a team, planning your trip, and getting involved in Alabama’s long-term recovery. It might not be making headlines, but it’s an exciting place to be right now.”

Help UMCOR be there through the years of long-term recovery after a disaster. Give to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670 .

PRAYER: PEOPLE VULNERABLE TO MALARIA

Today is World Malaria Day. Please lift up in prayer all those who are vulnerable to this preventable disease that takes a life in sub-Saharan Africa every 60 seconds.

MEDIA: UMCOR AND IMAGINE NO MALARIA

Learn more about Imagine No Malaria, The United Methodist Church’s campaign to overcome this deadly and preventable disease, through this video segment with Nyamah Dunbar, who works with UMCOR Health. Dunbar talks about how Imagine No Malaria is already making a difference.

RESOURCE: MALARIA BULLETIN INSERT

Malaria claims a life in Africa every 60 seconds. Use this bulletin insert to learn and share what The United Methodist Church, together with African partner countries, are doing to overcome malaria.

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit umcor.org. 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 UMCOR, 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 "Give Now" links. 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.

And, 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 to them.

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