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February 17, 2011
Get Ready! One Great Hour of Sharing is just a few weeks away, so now is the time to order your offering resources.
Use the links below and plan to promote this special offering, which supports the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
Good Crops and Good Stewards
Chili farmers in the village of Lambeugak, Aceh Besar District, Indonesia, harvested two successful crops this past year with the help of an UMCOR-supported income-generation project.
The chili crop-planting project began in 2008 through the Reconstruction and Development in Aceh program implemented by the UMCOR Indonesia field office. The project provided tsunami-affected community members with grants in the form of seeds, tools, and fertilizer packages, to enable the farmers to grow the popular Aceh chili plants and generate income for their families.
The first harvest took place during a period when the market price for chili was high, and the farmers made a significant profit. They repaid 50 percent of the value of the seed packages to a community-development fund, which was then used to purchase seeds for the second chili planting.
Waste from the chili plants went to an existing organic fertilizer business, part of a farmers' cooperative that UMCOR and the Lambeugak community seek to revitalize. UMCOR will provide infrastructure and equipment needed to expand the business. This will help community members diversify and increase their incomes.
UMCOR programs such as these help restore lives and seek to be good stewards of God's creation.
When You Give to OGHS, You Help "Keep the Lights On"
UMCOR receives no World Service funds or any other apportionments. Your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing help to "keep the lights on" and cover UMCOR's costs of doing business. That means that 100 percent of every dollar you give to designated UMCOR programs goes to help some of the world's most vulnerable people. UMCOR does not take anything from designated gifts to cover home-office administrative costs – which it can do only because of the continued widespread support United Methodists provide through this annual offering.
UMCOR's ability to respond and remain until the job is done is in direct proportion to the generosity of United Methodists during One Great Hour of Sharing.
This year One Great Hour of Sharing will be celebrated on April 3. Order your church's resources in support of this Special Sunday, today!