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Giving Tuesday 2015
15 Oct 2015 This UMC #GivingTuesday United Methodists Will Activate Love, Transform Lives, and Change the World
On Dec. 1, United Methodists will come together for the third year to support the work of Advance projects and missionaries on UMC #GivingTuesday. Get resources and learn more.
Villagers in Indonesia are becoming more disaster-prepared, which will lead to higher levels of food security.
13 Oct 2015 Communities in Indonesia Plan Ahead to Reduce Disaster Risk
What is disaster risk reduction?
9 Oct 2015 A Child Shall Lead Them
The journeys of refugees and migrants around the world were on the hearts of the directors of Global Ministries.
9 Oct 2015 Jesus was a Refugee
Mike Slaughter, lead pastor of Ginghamsburg UMC, Ohio, shares key points that Global Ministries has identified along the global migration path that require our attention.
In Kos, Greece, tents are set up by the shoreline to accommodate refugees fleeing Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. As of October 2015, some 400,000 refugees traveling by sea had reached its shores, according to the United Nations’ refugee agency.
8 Oct 2015 UMCOR and GlobalMedic Provide Food Packages for Arriving Refugees
UMCOR is working with partner GlobalMedic to help alleviate refugees’ suffering on the Greek islands of Kos and Lesbos.
Hundreds of homes in Oklahoma still need to be mucked out after flooding. Photo: Richard Norman
7 Oct 2015 UMCOR Board Approves $1.4 Million for U.S. Recovery
UMCOR’s board of directors approve $1.4 million to assist communities in Oklahoma, Texas, and Maryland, and whose recovery is far from over.
7 Oct 2015 An Inspiring Response in Holly Hill, South Carolina
Billy Robinson, SC UMVIM Disaster/ERT Coordinator, reflects on South Carolina ERT Teams responding to flooding in Holly Hill to repair two damaged roofs and a flooded family restaurant.
(Center) The Rev. J. Denise Honeycutt, deputy general secretary of UMCOR, and Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., (to her right), episcopal leader of the California-Nevada Annual Conference, were part of a delegation in August that visited with pastors and volunteers of the fire disaster response efforts in Lake County, California. Photo: Courtesy of California-Nevada Annual Conference.
6 Oct 2015 Fire Survivors Ask: When Will This Stop?
UMCOR brings hope into the ashes after never-ending wildfires.
5 Oct 2015 South Carolina Trusting in God, Helping Neighbors After ‘1,000-Year-Flood’ Catastrophe
Billy Robinson, South Carolina UMVIM Disaster/Early Response Team coordinator, said he hopes to send out disaster-relief teams within a day or two.
5 Oct 2015 Bishop Holston of South Carolina Conference Urges Prayer, More After Historic Flooding
UMCOR and The United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) stand ready to provide assistance as recovery efforts unfold.
5 Oct 2015 Bishop Brown and UMCOR Leader Visit Fire Relief Efforts in Lake County, California
Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., resident bishop of the California-Nevada Conference, and the Rev. Denise Honeycutt, Deputy General Secretary for UMCOR, visited with pastors and volunteers of the fire dis ...
Messages are inscribed onto boxes of relief supplies going to communities in Dominica after Tropical Storm Erika devastated the island nation.
1 Oct 2015 UMCOR Flood Relief in Dominica
After Tropical Storm Erika struck the island of Dominica, UMCOR and GlobalMedic respond with emergency food items and clean drinking water.
Before the Syrian refugee crisis became news, UMCOR was already assisting refugees from Syria and Iraq, and responding to humanitarian needs in Ukraine and Nepal.
29 Sep 2015 UMCOR Focused on Alleviating Suffering in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, and Nepal
Before the Syrian refugee crisis became news, UMCOR was already assisting refugees from Syria and Iraq, and responding to humanitarian needs in Ukraine and Nepal.
After massive floods last year, villagers come together to impede future emergencies.
29 Sep 2015 Serbian Communities Reduce Disaster Risk
After massive floods last year, villagers come together to impede future emergencies.
In Papua New Guinea, villagers including schoolchildren of Enduga Egu show appreciation for UMCOR's support for their improved water supply.
25 Sep 2015 Collaboration for clean water
In Papua New Guinea, villagers respond to climate change challenges with innovation and collaboration.
Kangama Farmers Association in Sierra Leone helped neighbors survive when food shortages set in.
22 Sep 2015 Feeding the Hungry During Ebola Crisis
Kangama Farmers Association in Sierra Leone helped neighbors survive when food shortages set in.
18 Sep 2015 UMCOR School Kits Reach Refugees in Lebanon
The relief supply kits will help Palestinian refugee children from Syria continue their studies.
UMCOR supports programs that help meet the needs of migrant children. Photo: David Farley
17 Sep 2015 ‘Resilient and Amazing’
Migrant children aren’t just numbers.
16 Sep 2015 Welcoming Refugees as ‘Fellow Pilgrims’ in Europe
As refugees continue to trek across Europe, Methodist leaders are recognizing that church members there may “experience and interpret” the effects of that migration in different ways.
General Secretary Thomas Kemper draws from Mathew 25:35b, as he shares how the church, humanitarian organizations, and the government are responding to the migration crisis in Europe.
11 Sep 2015 Welcoming the Stranger: Difficult and Necessary
General Secretary Thomas Kemper draws from Mathew 25:35b, as he shares how the church, humanitarian organizations, and the government are responding to the migration crisis in Europe.
11 Sep 2015 European Refugee Aid Goes Beyond Food
Supporting the relief efforts of UMCOR is one way for the denomination as a whole to respond to Europe’s refugee crisis, says Thomas Kemper, top executive of the United Methodist Board of Global Minis ...
Two members from the Savings Group “Djromawuton” in the village of Sahoro in Bénin, wash their hands before a meeting. The practice began as a way to prevent Ebola and continues for disease prevention and hygiene purposes. PHOTO CREDIT: Freedom from Hunger
10 Sep 2015 Women in Bénin Share Lifesaving Practice
They have learned the importance of handwashing to prevent illness.
Volunteers ready a shipment of UMCOR school kits and health kits for shipment to Haiti.   PHOTO CREDIT: Ted Warnock
8 Sep 2015 Relief Supplies Provide Real Help for People in Need
How can you help provide UMCOR relief supplies to communities in need?
3 Sep 2015 Coping with Europe's Migration Crisis
United Methodists find both a challenge and a blessing in providing support and advocacy for global migrants.
UMCOR partnered with ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid) in Lebanon to provide Palestinian Syrian refugee children with rehabilitated preschools. The revitalized space offered a safer and more secure environment for children, parents and teachers.
3 Sep 2015 Ensuring Education in Emergencies
Once immediate needs are met after a disaster, parents turn attention to children’s education.


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