The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the humanitarian relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church, assists United Methodists and churches to become involved globally in direct ministry to persons in need. UMCOR responds to U.S. and international disasters, addresses diseases of poverty, ministers to refugees and immigrants, provides clean water and actively works to reduce hunger.
There latest message addresses the impact of catastrophic events around the globe:
We may run out of letters this year. It’s only September, and already we’re nearly through the alphabet!
For only the second time in history, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is so intense that the U.S. National Hurricane Center may resort to naming new storms using letters from the Greek alphabet.
And even as millions on the Gulf coasts are deluged with wind, rain, and flooding, as of this writing millions more out West flee massive wildfires. Across the globe, 2020 has seen massive monsoon flooding in South and Central Asia and torrential rains and catastrophic flooding throughout the African continent.
Discover the most dangerous thing a survivor can lose during a disaster and join millions of others who have responded for over 80 years.
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Linda Walker, our mission partner and Program Director of Hillsborough House of Hope, is featured in Sheen magazine.
Linda knows firsthand what it’s like to lose everything to addiction. Eventually hitting rock bottom and seeking help from local community programs in Tampa. Linda slowly rebuilt her life and now lives by the motto, “Choose to endure.” She is an outstanding icon in the community and proudly gives back to others as the Program Director for the Hillsborough House of Hope, as a Board Member with the Homeless Coalition, and as the founder of Linda’s Recovery Resources and the Faith Works Empowerment Initiative, Inc.
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Manna Bags are a “grab and go” item that can be given to people experiencing homelessness on our streets. Each zippered storage bag contains Scriptures, local resource information, snacks, sunscreen and socks to give to those in need. A $5 donation per bag requested.
Email Emily Felgenhauer, Director of Youth Ministries, for more information or to help assemble the bags.
Hyde Park United Methodist is part of a network of shelters that provide warm, secure space for those experiencing homelessness. The program is administered by Hillsborough County government, which monitors weather conditions and issues an alert when the weather forecast shows temperatures will drop below 40°F. Once that notice is issued, our team of volunteers mobilize to setup and open the shelter.
Email Don Aiken, church liaison, for more information or to volunteer.
Pat and Melenda Edmiston are missionaries with Wycliffe – Partners in Bible Translation, a nondenominational mission organization dedicated to translating the Scriptures and teaching people to read and write in their own language. Pat and Melenda serve in the country of Papua New Guinea (PNG). Here’s an excerpt from their latest newsletter:
In Challenging Times Like These
As you can imagine, I cannot travel and yet I am giving my input as a Bible Consultant to meet the needs of translators waiting for their completed scriptures to be approved for publishing. Thankfully, because of the worldwide internet, I am involved in a translation project in Southeast Asia. They have published their New Testament and are beginning to work on the Old Testament now. We are working through their translation of Genesis at 8:00 AM their time (9:30 PM, my time). We connect up through Zoom and discuss any questions I have or problems I may have detected in their translation. They are a very capable group and we have completed the first 14 chapters. Pray that we continue to make good progress and have good communication.
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9 a.m. – Noon, Oct. 1
This nationwide virtual event on Ending Hunger is designed to 1) reframe lack of access to adequate and affordable food in ways which lead to understanding the actual root causes, and 2) equip participants with tools to design community-based food systems through an asset-based approach to utilize land, organize communities and advancing food and economic sovereignty.
The Oct. 1 virtual event is followed by four subsequent workshops Oct. 8-29 on the nuts and bolts of starting community-based micro-farms and building a network of communities. This event is sponsored by Bread for the World, Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.
Please register by Sept. 28.