February 3, 2004: Despite post-war violence and confusion in Iraq, "All Our Children," an ecumenical project partially funded by UMCOR and administered by ecumenical partner Church World Service, is improving the lives of 55,000 people in one of Baghdad's poorest areas. Delivery of medicines and school kits, as well as a creative theater arts project, are aspects of the work. Your gift can help expand these healing services to Iraqis. Please give to UMCOR Advance #623225, Iraq Emergency. Thank you for your generosity.
Kofi Annan, secretary general of the United Nations, and Colin Powell, US Secretary of State, will stress the severe needs of Liberia at a donor conference Feb. 6. Countries considering humanitarian aid to the conflict-ridden nation will have representatives at the UN conference to hear about costs and areas to be funded. Response to a year-end UN appeal for $120 million in aid to Liberia has been complicated by continued sporadic fighting and delays in disarmament--only a fraction of requested funding has been received. Private charities like UMCOR have been working in Liberia despite lack of security, distributing mattresses and food to displaced persons living in camps near Monrovia, the capital city. You can participate in this critical assistance with a donation to UMCOR Advance #150300, Liberia Emergency.
A 20 percent unemployment rate is hampering flood recovery in Puerto Rico. Floods from storms in November and December caused widespread damage across the island. Iglesia Metodista--the United Methodist Church in Puerto Rico--is among organizations distributing materials to the most vulnerable families. Further hobbling their efforts are fund shortages in the UMCOR Advance that would support additional grants. Your generous response to UMCOR Advance #901670, Domestic Disaster Response, will assist with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Your prayerful support of these programs helps keep United Methodists' hearts and hands feeding, sheltering, reconciling and healing or comforting those in crisis.Your prayerful support of these programs helps keep United Methodists' hearts and hands feeding, sheltering, reconciling and healing or comforting those in crisis. Please give from your heart to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering, to be received on March 21, the fourth Sunday of Lent, or another Sunday this year. Donations to this annual offering help underwrite the administrative costs of UMCOR so the United Methodist humanitarian aid agency can continue to deliver resources that enable the transformation of entire communities. If your church hasn't ordered its One Great Hour bulletin inserts and offering envelopes, posters and worship resources, please call toll free 1-888-862-3242 today.
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. 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.