The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) – 2013 Response

After an unusually slow start to the 2013 US tornado season, a series of violent tornadoes cut through communities from Texas to Minnesota. Especially hard hit were Granbury, Texas, and Shawnee and Moore, Oklahoma. The storms left whole neighborhoods in rubble and the lives of survivors upended.

UMCOR on Pittsburgh Parish

Following deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma, student Olivia Coil lights a candle during a prayer vigil in the Angie Smith Chapel at Oklahoma City University, the only UM-related university in the state. Photo courtesy Amelia Ballew, Oklahoma Annual Conference

One hundred percent of your gift to US Disaster Response, Advance #901670 supports relief in the affected communities today and recovery over the months and years to come. This advance enables UMCOR to respond to immediate needs such as food, water, emergency shelter, and relief supplies, and also supports survivors’ long-term recovery needs, including the rebuilding of homes and disaster case management.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. –2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NSRV)

About: The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe.  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.

UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church, 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 on PIttsburgh Parish

Volunteers work at the St. Andrews Red Cross Relief Center set up supplies inside the buildings of St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City. Photo courtesy of Kim McKinley and Susan Robinson, St. Andrew’s UMC

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. To Learn More about and Donate to UMCOR, visit their website at http://www.umcor.org/

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