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Edna Rajan stacks flood buckets from the United Methodist Committee on Relief at a United Way warehouse in Lafayette, La. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications

Edna Rajan stacks flood buckets from the United Methodist Committee on Relief at a United Way warehouse in Lafayette, La.

Pastor Jucar Tabunan (right) receives a Freeplay solar radio from April Mercado as part of the 2016 Typhoon Haima disaster response. Photo courtesy of April Mercado, United Methodist Communications.

Photo by the Rev. Relie Tabunan

Pastor Jucar Tabunan (right) receives a Freeplay solar radio from April Mercado, special projects manager for ICT4D Church Initiatives, as part of the 2016 Typhoon Haima disaster response.

McBride United Methodist Church in South Mills, NC, experienced severe flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in October, 2016. Photo by United Methodist Communications.

Photo by United Methodist Communications

McBride United Methodist Church in South Mills, NC, experienced severe flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in October, 2016.

Members of South Carolina’s UMVIM Early Response Team work to clear fallen trees off the roof of a home in Orangeburg, S.C. in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in October, 2016. Photo by Billy Robinson, used with permission.

Photo by Billy Robinson, used with permission

Members of South Carolina’s UMVIM Early Response Team work to clear fallen trees off the roof of a home in Orangeburg, S.C. in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

First responders work to rescue those trapped by the Louisiana floodwaters. Photo courtesy of the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Photo courtesy of the Baton Rouge Police Department

The Underwater Investigation Unit of the Baton Rouge Police Department rescues people trapped by the Louisiana floodwaters.

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The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by war, conflict or natural disaster. UMCOR provides humanitarian relief and disaster response to people in more than 80 countries, including the United States.

After flood waters have receded, wounds have been tended, basic needs met, and the world's attention has faded, The United Methodist Church continues to be present by providing ongoing assistance.

UMCOR provides survivors not only temporary relief, but also long-term education, training, and support. While UMCOR cooperates with other aid organizations, the most important partners in the work of recovery are those being served.

UMCOR is currently engaged in relief efforts in Texas (Hurricane Harvey), in Syria (civil war), Sierra Leone (mudslides), and many other places around the world.

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In September, the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone, led by United Methodist Bishop John Yambasu, distributed about $82,000 worth of food, bowls, blankets and other relief items to mudslide survivors at a new relocation camp in Juba, western Freetown. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

After mudslide: Need for environmental education

The Sierra Leone Council of Churches, led by United Methodist Bishop John Yambasu, hopes environmental education can help avert future disasters. Read More

The Sept. 19 earthquake in Mexico damaged tile roofs and plaster walls at the Tree of Life Center, in the village of Tlancualpican. The center is part of the United Methodist-supported Give Ye Them to Eat ministry. Photo courtesy Muriel Henderson.

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We pray for Mexico. Graphic image by Steven Kyle Adair, United Methodist Communications.

We stand together in prayer for the people of Mexico

We exist in the embrace of God who weeps with us, comforts us, stands with us during our suffering, and holds us in the palm of his hand. Read More

Church becomes emergency shelter after Harvey

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First United Methodist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is surrounded by floodwaters following Hurricane Irma.

United Methodists helping those devastated by Irma

Bishop Kenneth H. Carter visited and prayed with people who were in the path of Hurricane Irma. Read More

The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell greets volunteer Mary Jackson at the doorway of the food and clothing distribution center at Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Houston churches go flat out with flood relief

Bishop expresses pride but also tells volunteers to pace themselves and ʽfind time for Sabbath.’ Read More