|> NEWS: ZIMBABWE: FLOOD RELIEF
> PRAYER: NATURAL DISASTERS IN THE U.S.
> MEET UMCOR STAFF: NARINE HARUTYUNYAN
> RESOURCE: FIVE WAYS TO PREPARE FOR HURRICANES
> MEDIA: SIERRA LEONE VIDEO DIARY
|NEWS: ZIMBABWE: FLOOD RELIEF
In February, heavy rains caused unprecedented flooding and landslides in the Tokwe-Mukosi river basin in Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe. The Government of Zimbabwe declared the flooding in Tokwe-Mukosi a national disaster due to the severe impact on local communities.
The floods inundated the homes of more than 4,000 families (about 20,000 people) and caused huge losses in livestock and property. About 3,125 households relocated to Chingwizi Resettlement Camp in Mwenzi District.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) issued an grant to the Zimbabwe Annual Conference to provide vulnerable households with psychosocial support, a one-month supply of malaria-prevention materials (such as mosquito repellent), and school kits for 1,200 primary and secondary school children.
Your gift to UMCOR International Disaster Response, Advance #982450, supports UMCOR?s response to emergencies like this one anywhere in the world.
|PRAYER: NATURAL DISASTERS IN THE U.S.
Please join us in praying for those lives affected by the severe storms that continue to lumber across the United States. Specifically, please pray for the people of Pilger, Nebraska, as they mourn the lives lost in tornadoes this week, support those who were seriously injured, and begin the task of cleanup.
Also, please pray for the 400 people evacuated due to a wildfire on the Arizona and New Mexico border.
Let our prayers for recovery and rebuilding endure and outlast these natural disasters.
Post a prayer to the UMCOR Facebook page by clicking here.
|MEET UMCOR STAFF: NARINE HARUTYUNYAN
Narine Harutyunyan is UMCOR?s program officer responsible for the implementation of the U.S. Department of State-funded Medical Commodities Distribution Program in Armenia.
Harutyunyan organizes the provision of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to more than 100 targeted health facilities and institutions throughout Armenia. She also monitors the process of pharmaceutical distribution and coordinates the renovation of rural ambulatory clinics within the Small Reconstruction Program, a sub-project.
Harutyunyan says, ?Twelve years ago, I joined UMCOR Armenia and discovered that work can be not only remunerative but also bring profound moral satisfaction. Working with UMCOR has lavishly enriched my life. It has filled my life with purpose and special meaning and given me an outstanding opportunity for professional and personal growth?plus wonderful friends,? continues Harutyunyan.
?In the era of globalization, it?s exciting and I am very proud to belong to the large and energetic UMCOR family, which makes miracles happen on a daily basis by bringing hope and making positive changes in people?s lives worldwide,? she adds.
After graduating from Yerevan State Medical University and practicing medicine for some time, Harutyunyan began to work with UMCOR Armenia as a trainer, delivering lectures on children?s infections to community health workers. Since then, she has been actively integrating into UMCOR Armenia?s diverse health and educational projects.
To learn more about the work being done in UMCOR?S Armenia office, visit their page.
|RESOURCE: RELIEF-SUPPLY WEB PAGE
This important church bulletin insert provides a list of practical and simple action items that will help your congregation prepare for hurricanes and other natural disasters.
- Strengthen your ties?to your neighbors, your church, and your city.
- Avoid ?hurricane amnesia.?
- Buy flood insurance while you can.
- Go online and look at preparation lists.
- Follow the forecasts in your area.
Prepare yourself?and prepare UMCOR to respond immediately and over the long term to hurricanes this season. Please give to UMCOR U.S. Disaster Response, Advance #901670.
|MEDIA: SIERRA LEONE VIDEO DIARY
Follow the progress made and lives transformed through the distribution of roughly 390,000 bed nets in Sierra Leone through UMCOR video diaries.
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:
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 “DONATE” links or make a $10 donation anytime by texting “UMCOR” to 80888. 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.
Image 1. Children in Zimbabwe that benefit from the work of UMCOR made possible by your donations.
Image 2. Please pray for those affected by severe weather.
Image 3. Narine Harutyunyan is UMCOR?s program officer responsible for the implementation of the U.S. Department of State-funded Medical Commodities Distribution Program in Armenia.
Courtesy of UMCOR Armenia
Image 4. Learn the five ways you and your church can prepare for future hurricanes.
Image 5. People line up in Sierra Leone to receive anti-malarial bed nets.
Video still courtesy of United Methodist Communications
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