THE SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS. HURRICANE KATRINA. EBOLA CRISIS IN WEST AFRICA. HOW DO WE HELP?
The good news is – you belong to a church that has a system in place to help in situations such as these. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by war, conflict or natural disaster. UMCOR provides humanitarian relief and disaster response to people in more than 80 countries, including the United States.
WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW?
UMCOR is working with local partners to provide emergency food vouchers in Sicily and food packets and hygiene kits on the islands of Kos and Lesbos. Methodists in Italy have contributed funds for a migrant project called “Mediterranean Hope.” In Hungary, The United Methodist Church is a member of the Hungarian Interchurch Aid, whose volunteers have been working at refugee camps.
After the flood waters have receded, wounds have been tended, basic needs met, and the world’s attention has faded, UMCOR continues to be present by providing ongoing assistance for temporary relief, and long-term education, training, and support.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:
Your contributions to your local church support your local church’s work and regional ministries. It also supports national and international programs, agreed upon by General Conference. All United Methodist churches share the cost of these ministries, with each local church being responsible for contributing a fair portion, or “apportionment.” This makes it possible for 100% of your UMCOR donation to go to the projects specified. There are no administration costs taken from the gift.
Methodism’s founder John Wesley encouraged his followers to spread the good news, transform hopelessness into hope and assist God’s children wherever they may be. When UMCOR donors give their time, money, and supplies, they join UMCOR as the hands and feet of Christ. Our own mission team just returned from serving at the UMCOR depot in Sager-Brown, LA.
To learn more, serve or donate, please go to umcor.org.