December, January, and February have brought severe flooding in many countries. UMCOR has sent recent grants for flood relief to Brazil, Indonesia, and the Philippines. In Brazil, strong summer rains have caused flooding and mudslides that have affected people living in shanty towns. In Indonesia, Java has been the hardest hit by flooding, particularly the capital city of Jakarta. Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected. Homes, infrastructure, crops and agricultural land have been lost. People are facing hunger and health problems such as respiratory infections, rashes, and diarrhoea. Continuous rain from early December through early January has resulted in weeks of flooding in low-lying areas of Mindanao in the Philippines. Farmers have lost their crops which are their sole source of income and food. UMCOR grants will help provide food, medicine, and other basic supplies to people in all these areas. Please give to UMCOR's International Disaster Response, Advance #982450-8 to support relief efforts. Your gift will be used where it is most needed, or you may designate it for a specific country affected by flooding.
At the request of the Florida Annual Conference, UMCOR has sent a grant of $85,000 to provide relief for people affected by a prolonged period of Red Tide in the Apalachicola area. This is an area that depends economically on tourism and fishing. Both of these industries have suffered extensive loss, and more than 2,400 families in the area are affected. The Florida Conference will use the grant to provide food and assistance with utility and medical bills, car payments, and rent. To join in this response, please give to UMCOR's Domestic Disaster Response, Advance #901670-1 and designate "Florida Red Tide."
Teams of volunteers continue to be needed in Houston, Texas and North Carolina to help rebuild after the floods. Please call (800) 918-3100 for further information. UMCOR Disaster Response staff will be participating in the upcoming disaster response training for local churches in the Texas Annual Conference. To find out about disaster response training opportunities in your area, please call UMCOR at (202) 548-4002.
Gifts may be made through local United Methodist Churches, or by calling (800) 554-8583. Credit card donations are accepted. Click here to make a secure online gift. (Read more about how you can help UMCOR's emergency responses.)
UMCOR is providing emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about current UMCOR ministries, please visit the website: http://gbgm-umc.org/umcor/
Please pray for those who suffer from hunger, poverty, natural and human-made disasters.
The UMCOR Hotline
Telephone:1-800-841-1235; Web: http://gbgm-umc.org/UMCOR-Hotline/