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New York, NY, August 16, 2006—The head of The United Methodist Church’s mission agency has thanked God and praised the diplomats who brokered the ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah forces in southern Lebanon.

The Rev. R. Randy Day also appealed to United Methodists to support relief efforts among the people affected by the early August warfare in Lebanon and northern Israel. (For information on how to contribute see below or go to UMCOR Needs Funds for Middle East Crisis )

People in southern Lebanon, Day noted noted, face the threat of unexploded or stored weapons and shortages of food, health services, and shelter. “There are also humanitarian needs in that region of northern Israel attacked by Hezbollah missiles,” said the chief executive of the General Board of Global Ministries.

Rev. Day said that his agency joins Bishop Janice Huie of Houston, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, in expressing appreciation to President George Bush and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for their roles in bringing about the ceasefire.

The full text of the Day statement on the ceasefire follows:

I thank God for the ceasefire between Israel and the Hezbollah military forces in southern Lebanon and pray that it will remain firm. The agreement by both sides to an international and Lebanese peacekeeping force is most welcomed by all who are committed to justice and stability in the region. I deeply appreciate the work of the United Nations and the diplomats who brokered the ceasefire.

I am deeply concerned about the safety and welfare of the Lebanese people streaming south now that the hostilities have ceased. There are threats from unexploded bombs and shells as well as ammunition stored or left behind by Hezbollah. Those returning also face shortages of goods, health services, and shelter. There are also humanitarian needs in that region of northern Israel attacked by Hezbollah missiles.

The General Board of Global Ministries joins Bishop Janice Huie of Houston, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, in expressing appreciation to President George Bush and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for their role in bringing about the ceasefire. We also pledge to take part in the relief operations as made possible by contributions to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

Contributions to relief work in the Middle East can be made to the Middle East Emergency Appeal of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), by sending a check to Advance GCFA, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068, with “Middle East, Advance #60740” in the memo line of the check, or by credit card by calling 888-252-6174, or given securely online at http://secure.gbgm-umc.org/donations/donate.cfm?code=601740. Contributions, with the Advance number included, can also be placed in the offering plate of any United Methodist congregation. One hundred percent of each gift goes for the relief effort.

R. Randy Day
General Secretary
General Board of Global Ministries


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Topic: Christian love Emergencies GBGM news Human rights International affairs Peace UMCOR United Methodist Church War
Geographic Region: IsraelLebanonMiddle East
Source: GBGM Press Releases
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Date posted: Aug 16, 2006