UMCOR ADVANCE - Ways to Make a Difference

Date Posted: 4/19/2012



More than 100 tornadoes churned through nine Midwestern states this past weekend, leaving a path of destruction, death, and injury.


Especially hard hit were the towns of Norman and Woodward, Oklahoma. In Woodward, six people died in the storm, including three children.

The severe weather also destroyed 75 percent of the tiny town of Thurman, Iowa. And in Oaklawn, Kansas, a suburb of Wichita, more than 100 mobile homes were left in ruins.


The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is in touch with the annual conferences affected by the storms to offer support. United Methodists across the region have sprung into action, providing shelter at churches, distributing supplies, and deploying early response teams where appropriate.


Severe spring storms have brought early tornadoes, floods, and high winds all across the United States this year. In each case, UMCOR works with the affected annual conferences to provide them with the support that they need, be it financial, personnel, material goods, or training.


You can help UMCOR respond to these storms by preparing cleaning buckets and by giving to UMCOR Advance #3021473, Spring Storms 2012.



Please lift up the many communities who have weathered more than their fair share of storms this season as they pick up the pieces and look for their “new normal.” Pray for the volunteers and the organizations, including UMCOR, which will be vital to the recovery process.

Please uphold The United Methodist Church in prayer as delegates and leaders prepare for General Conference in Tampa, Fla., that they will make wise decisions for our church.



UMCOR’s partnership with Prosperity Candle gives in two ways: it helps refugee women from distressed parts of the world to earn a living through making candles and supports UMCOR. When you purchase a candle from Prosperity Candle, 10 percent of your purchase will go to UMCOR’s poverty-alleviation work. Learn about UMCOR’s partnership in this new video.



UMCOR trains people from the local church, district, and conference how to prepare for and respond to disaster. Learn about UMCOR training events on the UMCOR training page.


UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit 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 any of the links above. 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.