UMCOR Responds to Myanmar Disaster

May 08, 2008

UMCOR Hotline Special Edition

May 8, 2008


Cyclone Nargis tore through Myanmar (Burma) May 2, 2008 with unexpected fury – causing a tidal surge that swept inland and devastated Myanmar's most populated regions. The storm left homes and businesses flattened and families forever changed.


Satellite images reveal extensive damage along the entire costal plain. Current reports place the death toll at higher than 20,000, with another 40,000 missing.


UMCOR is partnering with Church World Service, the Methodist Church in Lower Myanmar, and Action by Churches Together to provide relief and support for those struggling in the aftermath of the cyclone.


The Rev. Sam Dixon, UMCOR's top executive, spoke with Bishop Zothan Mawia of the Methodist Church in Lower Myanmar. "I wanted to speak with him personally to express our deep concern for the people of Myanmar following this catastrophe," said Dixon. Bishop Mawia is presently in the United States.


"We are thankful for the prayers and response of the United Methodist people," said Mawia in his phone conversation with Dixon.


Additional avenues of response are being explored through Action by Churches Together and other partners. The unique political situation in Myanmar poses some challenges to UMCOR's response. UMCOR continues to monitor the situation and expects to respond to help the people of Myanmar recover as opportunities become available.


What You Can Do

Please pray for the people of Myanmar who have suffered great losses. Pray also for new venues for assistance to be opened to help those in need.


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Financial gifts will allow UMCOR to respond immediately and with generosity when the appropriate structures are in place to receive further assistance. Give to UMCOR Advance # 3019674, Myanmar Emergency, to help the survivors of Cyclone Nargis.


How to Give

Cash gifts will help UMCOR continue to support the immediate relief and long-term recovery of those affected by the cyclone in Myanmar. Give to UMCOR Advance #3019674. Please write the Advance # and name in the memo line of your check (i.e. "Advance #3019674 – Myanmar Emergency.")


At church: For local and Annual Conference credit, put your gift in the offering plate on Sunday.


By Mail: Make your check payable to UMCOR and mail to UMCOR, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY 10087.


Link here to give online. Call 1-800-554-8583 to make a credit card donation by phone.


UMCOR is 100% efficient. Every dollar you give to this emergency will provide humanitarian relief and recovery only for this emergency. That's because the gifts made to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering cover UMCOR's costs to administer your gifts.


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.


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