March 9, 2001
UMCOR continues to support the efforts of the United Methodist Church in Mozambique to provide relief from this year's and last year's flooding. Current relief and recovery efforts include providing food and other relief items for thousands of displaced families, water purification (see photo), and the construction of homes for people who have had to relocate. Several provinces in the central area of the country are currently experiencing flooding. UMCOR is also responding through our ecumenical partners to the flooding in Malawi. Please give to Flood Relief in Mozambique and Neighboring Countries, Advance #156500.
Please remember that recovery from the earthquakes in El Salvador and India is a process that will continue long after these disasters are out of the news. UMCOR will be supporting relief and recovery work for the next two or three years. Our partners in theses two countries are committed to facilitating long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts. For India, please give to "South Asia Earthquake" Advance #274305; for El Salvador, give to "El Salvador Earthquake" Advance #511447.
UMCOR has sent an emergency response grant to the North Alabama Conference to assist with clean-up and recovery work following severe storms in February. Mississippi and Arkansas also experienced heavy damage. In Mississippi, community groups have formed to coordinate rebuilding work following the tornado. Disaster response workers in Washington state are assessing the extent of the earthquake damage to private homes. To respond to these disasters within the United States, please give to Advance #901670 "Domestic Disaster Response."
Through United Methodist and ecumenical partners, UMCOR is responding to people suffering from famine in Afghanistan and many African countries. In all of these countries, the famine is caused by a combination of weather events and war. To join in relief efforts for Afghanistan, give to UMCOR's International Disaster Response, Advance #982450, and designate your gift "Afghanistan Relief." For Africa Famine Relief, give to Advance #101250.
Gifts may be made through local United Methodist churches, or by calling 1-800-554-8583. Credit card donations are accepted. (Read more about how you can help UMCOR's emergency responses.)
Please remember that the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering is March 25. UMCOR depends on this offering to undergird its entire ministry. To order offering resources, call 888-862-3242.
UMCOR is providing emergency relief in many countries at this moment. Please pray for those who suffer from hunger, poverty, natural and human-made disasters in Afghanistan, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Kosovo, Mozambique, Malawi, Serbia, Sudan and the United States.
Photo: Mozambique Annual Conference disaster response workers, villagers and local students assist with water purification and other flood relief and recovery efforts. Credit: June H. Kim / UMCOR, Mozambique, December 2000