In Today's Hotline: Read how UMCOR is responding to needs all over the world.
May 2010 brought severe weather that covered 43 Tennessee counties with 22 inches of rain in half a day. The floods were “an epic event,” said Bill Carr, disaster response coordinator for the Memphis Annual Conference.
More than two years later, the worst of the damage has been repaired, though some flood survivors have yet to move back into their homes.
Carr's colleague, Jason Brock, has also been looking back on the past two years, during which Brock estimates that UMCOR helped some 3,000 people on the road to their recovery.
Working through 14 different local long-term recovery committees, UMCOR offered case management with its signature holistic approach that addresses housing needs as well as emotional and spiritual care.
“We still have open cases in three counties,” said Brock. “We hope, by the end of this month, most of those families will have moved back into their homes. And, by the end of the year, we hope all of them are back.” Read more.
Please pray for Charles Honess, a retired businessman who is biking from Atlantic Beach, Florida, to San Diego, California, to raise awareness and funds for UMCOR. He expects to be biking through Texas this week.
Pray, too, for Melissa Crutchfield, UMCOR’s new associate general secretary for international development, as she takes on the task of joining UMCOR’s international development and health units, as well as other responsibilities.
The last week of 10-Fold, starting October 28, will focus on fair trade. Be sure to click and be counted to trigger a $1.00 donation to support fair-trade programs. Tune in all week long to learn more about how you can use your purchasing power to support fair trade and help farmers and producers worldwide.
UMCOR partner, SERRV, helps artisans and farmers find their way out of poverty by ensuring they receive a fair wage for their work. You can help SERRV in this mission by hosting a consignment sale of their products at your church. Learn how and spread the word with UMCOR’s new bulletin insert.
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 "DONATE" links or make a $10 donation anytime by texting “UMCOR” to 80888. 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 natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister to them.
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United Methodist Committee on Relief
General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church
Room 1520, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115
Voice Phone: 1-212-870-3816; FAX: 1-212-870-3624