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JAPAN: UMCOR AND PARTNERS RESPOND TO QUAKE SURVIVORS
UMCOR is working to support the efforts of the Wesley Center in Tokyo to assist evacuees from the regions hardest hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The Wesley Center is a mission facility related to United Methodist Women.
Numerous evacuees, including foreign workers, came to the center from the devastated city of Sendai and also from the area around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which continues to threaten the population in an increasingly broad geographical area.
UMCOR will seek to help the Wesley Center provide for the needs of the evacuees, which may include food, transportation, nonfood supplies, and to cover the fees for re-entry visas for the foreign workers leaving Japan.
UMCOR and the Wesley Center are exploring additional means of community-based humanitarian response to the emergency through local partners. Local church sources indicate that the need for support for vulnerable populations such as the elderly is still growing.
The emergency in Japan continues to unfold. The official death toll surpassed 10,000 on Friday, with more than 17,000 still missing.
One hundred percent of your gift to Japan Emergency, UMCOR Advance #3021317, goes to help the people of Japan rebuild their lives. Learn more.
UMCOR: ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING THIS SUNDAY!
This Sunday, April 3, United Methodists will have the opportunity to do a world of good through One Great Hour of Sharing.
The annual church-wide offering on the fourth Sunday in Lent underwrites The United Methodist Church’s ministry of compassion to survivors of disaster and extreme need, by providing the funding that secures the “nuts and bolts” of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
That means that when donors give to designated programs, such as Japan or Haiti relief, one hundred percent of those funds go directly to those programs. UMCOR’s ministry makes a visible difference in the lives of people in more than 80 countries, and for 50 years, United Methodists have claimed that ministry as their own by funding UMCOR’s administrative costs through One Great Hour of Sharing.
Your gift to One Great Hour of Sharing this Sunday—or at any time throughout the year—makes our shared ministry possible. Learn more.
US: TORNADO AFFECTS VULNERABLE FAMILIES IN LOUISIANA
Elderly, low-income, and uninsured people were the most heavily affected by a March 5 tornado that roared through the city of Rayne, Louisiana. The storm caused damage to 683 homes, including 48 that had major damage and 42 that were completely destroyed.
The tornado was classified as an F2 tornado, which means it had a wind speed of up to 157 miles per hour and was capable of demolishing mobile homes, peeling off roofs, and uprooting or snapping apart large trees.
UMCOR is working with the Louisiana Annual Conference’s Disaster Response team to support the vulnerable families that were affected by the storm and help them rebuild their lives.
Your gift to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670, makes a difference in the lives of those in the United States who have experienced crises like this one.
COTE D’IVOIRE: UNREST CONTINUES TO TAKE TOLL
As many as one million people have fled their homes and more than 460 have been killed in post-election violence in the West African country of Cote d’Ivoire, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency and news sources.
Most of the displaced are from four districts in the capital, Abidjan. About 90,000 have sought refuge in neighboring Liberia.
Last November, political leader Alassane Ouattara won the presidential elections in Cote d’Ivoire, but incumbent Laurent Gbagbo has refused to vacate the post. The dispute has provoked violence, food shortages, and the reported shelling by government forces of neighborhoods presumed loyal to Ouattara.
UMCOR is supporting the efforts of the Cote d’Ivoire Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church to provide food and other relief aid to displaced people in the Ivorian capital. Your gift to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450, supports these efforts.
UMCOR also is working with partner ACT Alliance to bring health services, clean water, psychosocial support, and other emergency aid to Ivorian refugees in Liberia. Your gift to Liberia Emergency, UMCOR Advance #150300, supports our assistance to these refugees.
UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR’s ministries, please visit umcor.org. You can donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offering plate at a local United Methodist church; by sending a check to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068; or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. You can also give online by clicking on any of the “Give Now” links. UMCOR is exempt from tax under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors.
And, please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick or in poverty because of these and other natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister to them.