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UMCOR partners with a community in the Philippines in the face of landslides and relocation

The community of Tamac in the Philippines partners with UMCOR through the Baguio Episcopal Area Disaster Management Office to shore up needed water sources after typhoons and a landslide destroy homes and fields.

Church and Community Worker Janet Lynne Horman is on a mission to help migrants

Striving to embody the church in her own community, missionary and attorney Janet Horman directs Florida Justice For Our Neighbors and provides free legal services to migrants in the U.S.

United Methodist Church launches major asylum initiative

Partnering with Church World Service and National Justice For Our Neighbors, UMCOR approved a three-year, $1.8 million pilot project to provide wrap-around services for asylum seekers in three major U.S. cities.

Global Ministries’ directors focus on God’s mission in a fractured world

Directors of the Global Ministries and UMCOR, meeting Oct. 10-12, focus on mission and ministry, global migration, disaster response, new initiatives and ways to bind the United Methodists together despite fractures in the church and world.

Focus on global migration: “What could be our ship?”

In his report to the board, general secretary Thomas Kemper named hopeful examples of mission the United Methodist people collectively do “in a fractured world and church,” with an emphasis on ministries surrounding global migration.

Hurricane Dorian: From devastation to resilience in the Bahamas

Residents of Grand Bahama Island and Abaco are receiving relief in the form of shelter, meals and hygiene items. Some are also taking great joy in being a part of the volunteer effort, serving their neighbors in the midst of their own tragedies.

Norma Kehrberg, missionary and relief executive, dies at 81

Norma J. Kehrberg, a United Methodist missionary in Nepal for 25 years and head of the United Methodist Committee on Relief from 1984-1991, died on October 6.

Global Ministries’ board of directors to gather for fall meeting

Global Ministries is holding its biannual board of directors meeting October 10-12 at its Atlanta headquarters.

Puerto Rico recovers from 2017 hurricanes, aided by UMCOR, UMVIM

The month of September marks two years since Hurricane Maria brought widespread destruction to Puerto Rico. The recovery has progressed steadily, thanks largely to the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico, and with the help of UMCOR training and funding and more than 200 Volunteer in Mission teams.

Hurricane Michael response expands in Alabama and Florida

Leveraging a gift from an anonymous United Methodist family foundation, UMCOR has expanded its continuing work with the Alabama-West Florida Conference as it continues to respond to Hurricane Michael.

UMCOR support scales up Arkansas River flood recovery

Although it didn’t receive much national attention, the spring floods of the Arkansas River wiped out property and devastated some communities. UMCOR and the Arkansas Conference Disaster Response Team have just rolled out a new phase to help with recovery.

UMCOR disaster response through the lens of Hurricane Dorian

Throughout Hurricane Dorian’s movements, UMCOR coordinated with Conference Disaster Response Coordinators from United Methodist conferences along the Southeastern U.S. coast, monitoring their needs and likely responses.

UMCOR starts efforts for Bahamas relief

As Hurricane Dorian continued to threaten the U.S. east coast, United Methodists were connecting with Methodists in the Bahamas to start relief efforts.

Shade and Fresh Water encourages youth in Brazil to make healthy choices

Shade and Fresh Water in Brazil receives Global Health grants to extend programming for older youth to help them resist substance abuse.

Abundant Health includes mental health in worldwide ministry and outreach

Abundant health for all means that vulnerable populations struggling with substance abuse, mental stress, and psychological disorders receive the help they need to live full and healthy lives.

Supporting mothers and babies for a healthy start

Breastfeeding is a good way for mothers to give their babies a healthy start in life. The Abundant Health Initiative honors World Breastfeeding Week with stories of mothers and babies who thrive with the help of simple and practical health interventions.

In Focus: Global Health

During the month of August, follow along as we share stories about the lifesaving work of global health.

First health center opens in rural Congo village

Osio is a village located more than 25 kilometers from Kisangani city. Each year for many years, the population of this village might travel thousands of kilometers to receive medical care.

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