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Relief for Kenyans seeking safety in Uganda

NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2008- As the conflict in Kenya continues and the nation's leaders struggle to find a path to peace, United Methodists are bringing comfort to those left most vulnerable by the conflict. In a recent visit to Busia, Uganda, where more than 1,000 Kenyans are seeking refuge in a primary school, Bishop Felton E. May, the General Board of Global Ministries' top executive, oversaw the handover of some $50,000 in relief supplies to the local Red Cross.

These supplies, given through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), include items such as plates, saucepans, basins, jerrycans along with staple food supplies help families meet their day-to-day needs living in the camp. UMCOR is part of Global Ministries. The Ugandan Red Cross Society distributed the supplies to those living at the Busia camp.

This is part of UMCOR's comprehensive response to the crisis in Kenya, which includes support for the East Africa Annual Conference, the Methodist Church in Kenya and Action by Churches Together partners working in the region.

May Addresses Refugees

Bishop May spoke to those living in the camp, encouraging them to remain strong in faith and to rely on God to bring them through this difficult time. 'Jesus himself was a refugee in Egypt,' says Bishop May. 'We serve a God who knows what it means to be uprooted by violence.'

Bishop May prayed with the people asking for God's help in resolving the conflict so that they could return home. Bishop Daniel Wandabula of the East Africa Annual Conference also expressed the church's concern for the Kenyans now living within Uganda's borders and asked the people of Busia to support their Kenyan sisters and brothers now living in their midst.

The challenge to provide basic necessities to people who have been displaced by the conflict remains. UMCOR, Global Ministries and The United Methodist Church in general remain committed to bringing comfort and relief to people on all sides of Kenya's borders.

How You Can Help

You can join UMCOR's response to the conflict in Kenya. Give through your local United Methodist church or mail checks to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087. Write 'UMCOR Advance # 982450, International Disaster Response - Kenya' on the check memo line. For credit card donations, visit UMCOR's web site at for online giving information or call (800) 554-8583.