Ten of our own make trip to UMCOR to aid in World-Wide Missionary Work
Recently, ten of NCUMC members traveled to Salt Lake City to help prepare emergency aid "hygiene kits " specifically slated to go to efforts to help those affected by the recent disasters in Texas, Florida and other's due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Pastor Gayle, Jan & Ken, Jan H, Dean G, Waunetta, Kent, Scott, Stella and Sally all took part in this mission effort from September 3-9. We were also joined by United Methodists from Phoenix. It is a great mission effort and we encourage you to try to make it to next year's trip.
According to Federal Emergency Management Administration officials, over 300,000 Texans have registered for assistance, thousands of homes are feared to have been destroyed and flood waters are still rising. Starting last week, UMCOR leaders activated trained early response teams in impacted regions. UMCOR disaster recovery grants were issued to the Texas and the Rio Texas Annual Conferences (regional organizations) of The United Methodist Church. UMCOR’s relief supply network has 133,000 hygiene kits and 20,000 cleaning kits in the pipeline. To date, approximately 15 churches in the United Methodist Texas Annual Conference (TAC) are serving as shelters. The TAC Mission Center in Conroe is receiving and deploying hygiene kits, receiving kit donations from churches, and distributing them to areas of the conference that have been affected. In the Rio Texas Annual Conference, early response teams have deployed to Corpus Christi to assist with cleanup and initial assessment. The people of the Louisiana Annual Conference, already responding to massive flooding in 2016, have expanded operations and are coordinating their efforts to reach out to people affected by the flooding associated with Hurricane Harvey.
She became one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic, a category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 295 km/hour. To date, it has passed over Barbuda, Saint Barthelemy, Anguilla, Saint Marten, British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks and Caicos, Cuba, the Bahamas and currently passing through Florida with Georgia in line. Extensive damage has been reported in Barbuda and Anguilla where 70-90% of the buildings were destroyed. 27 people reported dead across affected territories, 34,000 people displaced in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Over 1 million people were evacuated along the coastline in central and eastern Cuba. 17,000 people are in need of immediate shelter across the affected eastern Caribbean islands. Assessments will take place over the coming days to determine the number of people in need of food assistance. More than 10,000 people are in temporary shelters in the North. The damage to the Dominican Republic was less than expected, with no fatalities reported. There is damage to water infrastructure that affects 1.2 million people, according to the national water authorities.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more.
UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church through the General Board of Global Ministries, and our goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We believe all people have God-given worth and dignity.
UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. We provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.
While UMCOR cooperates with other aid organizations to extend our reach, our most important partners are the people we serve. We are confident that successful solutions to emergency or chronic conditions begin with the affected population. UMCOR provides these survivors not only temporary relief but long-term education, training, and support.
UMCOR spends 100 percent of designated donations on the projects our donors specify. When UMCOR donors give their time, money, and supplies, they join UMCOR as the hands and feet of Christ.
Compelled by Christ to be a voice of conscience on behalf of the people called Methodist, UMCOR works globally to alleviate human suffering and advance hope and healing.