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Flood waters are visible on the outskirts of Mocuba, Mozambique. Photo by Quari Ziyaad Patel

Church responds to devastating Mozambique floods

Church leaders meeting in the southern part of the country learned how Mozambican United Methodists are reaching out. Read More

Volunteers load a truck at the offices of the United Methodist Committee on Relief in Manila with relief supplies for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service.

Interested in disaster training? It’s in your area

The Committee on Relief has training around the U.S. for early response, home repair, mission leaders and more, from March until September. Read More

One Great Hour of Sharing Lenten Devotions

Each devotional shares an aspect of UMCOR’s work to alleviate human suffering in more than 80 countries, including the United States. More

Dr. Gary Fish (right) and assistant Carrie Tarter see a young patient in Highland Park United Methodist Church’s eye clinic in Petit-Goâve, Haiti. One of the clinic’s buildings was destroyed by the earthquake that rocked Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, and the church built back, dedicating the new structure on Jan. 12, 2014. File photo courtesy of Highland Park United Methodist Church

Volunteers still answering the call in Haiti

Highland Park United Methodist, which lost a volunteer in the 2010 earthquake, is among those returning to serve. Read More

The Rev. Jim Gulley talks about UMCOR projects in Haiti five years after the 2010 earthquake.

Haiti Five Years Later: Jim Gulley Remembers

Earthquake survivor Jim Gulley recalls that day in 2010 and looks at the progress in Haiti in the 5 years since the quake. View

Farm assistant Lebon Augulus and The Rev. Jim Gulley hold young goat twins in Darbonne/Leogane, Haiti.

Haiti Quake Survivor: Jim Gulley

The United Methodist aid worker spoke of being buried alive in 2010, and how two of those near him died. Still, the tragedy strengthened his desire to serve Haiti. View

Pastel-colored homes in the Jalousie neighborhood line a hill overlooking Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Haiti earthquake: recovery to development

Five years after a devastating earthquake, United Methodists, together with their church and nongovernmental partners, work with Haitian communities on sustainable projects. Read More

Thousands of refugees stream across the Tigris River from Syria into Iraq. Photo by Galiya Gubaeva, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Syrian refugees: ‘Anonymous Holy Families’

With millions of people displaced in Syria, Iraq and other areas of unrest, many families are facing a cold winter without homes. Find out how the church is helping. Read More

A man salvages electrical wire in January 2005 from an area of former beachfront homes that were flattened by the tsunami in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. This month marks the 10th anniversary of the Dec. 26, 2004, Indian Ocean tsunami. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

10 years later, pointing to a good tsunami recovery

After a generous outpouring, United Methodists invested millions to work with communities displaced by Dec. 26, 2004, Indian Ocean tsunami. Read More

A woman carries a 25-kilogram (55-pound) bag of rice she received through the food distribution in Topoe Village outside Monrovia by the United Methodist Committee on Relief and The United Methodist Church in Liberia. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS

Food arrives in time for Christmas in Ebola-ravaged village

Food distribution makes Christmas a little brighter for Ebola survivors and others in Liberian village. Read More

Ehui Eboua, infectious and tropical diseases specialist, displays his PowerPoint while teaching the staff of the Voice of Hope Radio about the Ebola threat. Seated next to him is M. Hyacinthe Besse, Côte d’Ivoire United Methodist Health Board’s coordinator. Photo by Isaac Broune, UMNS

Communicating hope amid Ebola crisis

West African countries without Ebola are looking at communications needs if there were an outbreak. Read More

The Rev. Michael Gbenday gives an educational program about Ebola in Mende, the local language of the people of Moyollo village in Sierra Leone. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS

As a medical disaster, Ebola calls for new strategies

United Methodists refine tactics to fight the epidemic as religious and humanitarian groups work to end a disaster as devastating as a hurricane or earthquake. Read More

Sargis Hejejyan (left) and Sveta Yegiazaryan enjoy their elder years together at an UMCOR-supported home for the aged near the Armenian capital. Photo by Anahit Gasparyan, UMCOR.

Celebrating age in Armenia: A love story

After suffering devastating losses, Sargis Hejejyan and Sveta Yegiazaryan met and married in an Armenian home for seniors. Find out how UMCOR supports these facilities. Read More

“Today, with my production, I am a happy woman,” says Beatrice Monga. Photo courtesy of Foods Resource Bank.

Agriculture training in DRC helps families thrive

“I am a happy woman.’ On church land, 90 farmers learn techniques that use minimal chemicals and cut out expensive middlemen. Read More

(At right) Taryonnoh N. Doe, vice president of Liberia United Methodist Women, shows an Ebola awareness poster as part of the UMW’s anti-Ebola campaign.

Liberia UMW feeds minds, stomachs during Ebola crisis

United Methodist Women in Liberia bringing food to quarantined communities and doing training on how to prevent and recognize Ebola. Read More

Displaced Crimean children take language and arts classes at a welcome center in Kyiv, capital of Ukraine. Photo by Nazar Yatsyshyn, UMCOR.

Ukraine: Support for the Uprooted

UMCOR’s financial support has enabled the church to purchase meat, fruits and vegetables, and more, for hundreds of thousands whose lives are in upheaval. Read More

Roger Modesta and his five year old daughter, Lorraine, sit in their new house, made possible through the UMCOR rebuilding project. Their home in Calogcog, a barangay (community) of the Philippine municipality of Tanauan in Leyte Province, was destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. Photo by Melissa Hinnen, UMCOR.

New homes for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan

Thanks to United Methodists and others who support the Committee on Relief, more than 218 households in Calogcog will receive new residences. Read More

Since July 2014, Samaritan’s Purse has been managing an Ebola isolation center in Liberia located in Foya near the border with Guinea. The organization’s team of medical doctors and highly trained nurses is providing direct clinical care to patients infected with the virus.

Doctor’s daily prayer for Liberia: ‘God, send help’

The Ebola outbreak in Liberia is far more critical than has been reported, a United Methodist doctor just back from West Africa says. Read More

Bishop John Yambasu talks about the direct efforts of the United Methodist Church to slow Ebola.

Bishop John Yambasu: United Methodist Efforts to Address Ebola

African bishop shares personal experiences of living under the danger of an Ebola outbreak. View

South Sudanese students, many of them young girls, pictured at a school in the Girls Education South Sudan program, for which UMCOR is a state co-manager. Photo by Andreea Câmpeanu, courtesy of Girls Education in South Sudan.

A boost for girls in South Sudan

Educating young women is a proven way to help lift communities out of poverty. Learn about a new project aimed at transforming lives. Read More

Ukrainian United Methodists feel strain of war

Members of two United Methodist churches in Eastern Ukraine continue to feel the impact of fighting between rebels and Ukrainian military forces. Read More

Archive photo of students at Sager Brown, a school and orphanage for African- American children.

UMTV: Historic Black Haven

Former Methodist school became a hub for UMCOR volunteers, continuing a rich history of serving needs and shaping lives. View

UMCOR Sudan WASH Manager Geoffrey Weyinda (left) checks the water level at the hafir, or reservoir, in the village of Abu Senedira, East Darfur State, Sudan. Photo by Linda Unger, UMCOR.

In Sudan, water is life

People without clean water are vulnerable to disease, but they also ‘lack any means to livelihood.” Find out how your dollars are making a difference. Read More

Bishop John K. Yambasu speaks on the Ebola virus during a service of dedication at Valunia United Methodist Church outside Bo, Sierra Leone.

Ebola changes church life in eastern Sierra Leone

Bishop says Ebola epidemic "nearing disaster" and forces relocation of a United Methodist pastor and the closing of the UMC Mission in Kailahun District. Read More

Health care workers listen intently during a panel discussion at the United Methodist Church's Mercy Hospital in Bo, Sierra Leone to help prepare them for a possible outbreak of the Ebola virus. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

United Methodist Church responds to Ebola outbreak in West Africa

The church and its partners are confronting an unprecedented surge of the deadly disease, which has affected hundreds of people in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Read More

A young mother sits next to her baby who is being treated for malaria at Kissy Hospital.

Faith First at Sierra Leone’s Kissy Hospital

"Faith has been a very strong tool in my box. And it has worked tremendously.” Doctors say Christian care makes the difference at United Methodist Kissy Hospital in Sierra Leone. View

Florence Millard sitting with cleaning buckets for UMCOR. Photo courtesy UMCOR.

What does a 95-year-old want for her birthday?

If you’re Florence Millard, cleaning buckets. Read how this great-great-grandmother has made helping people after a disaster her ‘forever mission.’ Read More

Vocational training transforms lives in Darfur

In volatile Sudan region, job training from UMCOR helps conflict-affected persons secure employment. ‘The training wound up giving me more than I expected.’ Read More

Children from Dagami, Leyte, gather around United Methodist Communications team members. Photo by April Grace G. Mercado, United Methodist Communications

Commentary: Relief needs persist after typhoon

Filipinos still face a number of challenges more than six months after Typhoon Haiyan, but United Methodists are helping where they can. Read More

Hurricane Sandy, 2012. Photo by National Weather Service (U.S.).

Hurricane Season: Are you ready?

As the Atlantic hurricane season officially begins, the Committee on Relief offers top five tips to help you prepare in advance of a storm. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Roy C. Clark. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Bishop Clark, theologian, relief leader, dies at 93

Clark pushed The United Methodist Church to help the marginalized globally and create vital congregations locally. Read More

Ecologically grown vegetables. Photo by Elina Mark, Wikimedia Commons.

Strengthening a community starts with food security

You can make a difference in the lives of those suffering from chronic hunger by supporting agricultural projects that help families grow food. Read More

Faith community nurses: Healing body, mind and soul

United Methodists support faith community nurses across the U. S. who provide “educational principles, along with spiritual care and nurturing, during times of need.” Read More

Sophia Agtarap, a candidate for deacon in the United Methodist Church, walks on the pathways of Radnor Lake in Nashville, Tenn. A UMCom photo illustration by Ronny Perry.

Ten ways to improve your mental health

Did you know exercise helps improve brain function? Or that laughter can decrease pain? Read ways to foster good mental health. Read More

United Methodists respond to deadly tornadoes

Lives have been lost and structures have major damage but "the love of God has a way of bringing the best out of people." Read More

Preparing disaster relief buckets in Wanchese, North Carolina. Photo by Bill Norton, North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Top 4 worst and best ways to help after a disaster

As we watch news of devastating U.S. storms, we immediately want to help. Learn how to couple compassion with good judgment to support survivors. Read More

Georgina Maria Domingos cares for her daughter Maria Costa at their home in the Cacilhas village near Huambo, Angola. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service.

Beating malaria, one household at a time

Imagine No Malaria and UMCOR have distributed 1.2 million nets and trained 11,600 people to “reach and teach neighbors” about fatal but preventable disease. Read More

UMCOR monitoring Chile after earthquake

The Committee on Relief, which is in touch with humanitarian partners in northern Chile, requests your prayers for survivors of magnitude 8.2 temblor Read More

Clergy and other church leaders lay hands on Bill Ohler during a disaster response meeting at Christ's Community United Methodist Church in Joplin, Mo. Ohler is a trustee at St. James United Methodist Church, that was destroyed by the tornado. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Disaster recovery is much more than cleanup

Survivors may experience an inability to cope, a crisis of faith or a loss of hope. United Methodist Committee on Relief explains that spiritual healing is as necessary as physical rebuilding. Read More

Why support One Great Hour of Sharing 2014?

Behind-the-scenes video explains how your donation on March 30 helps "shine the light" on United Methodist projects around the world. View

Sharlene Jean offers a sample of treated drinking water to a child living in a makeshift camp in Gresier, Haiti. The United Methodist Committee on Relief and partner agencies provided water treatment supplies to the camp. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Five ways to be better stewards of water

With 780 million people lacking access to clean drinking water, the Committee on Relief has ways you can make a difference. Read More

Workers tear down the main building of the Asian Rural Institute, which was damaged during Japan’s March 11, 2011 earthquake. The institute has received $1.15 million from the United Methodist Committee on Relief to reconstruct and repair its buildings. UMNS Photo courtesy of Jonathan McCurley, ARI. Accompanies UMNS story #067. 3/9/12.; Jonathan McCurley, ARI

Japan: Three years after triple disaster

The Committee on Relief assesses the need for long-term recovery and the “hidden wounds” of 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan. Read More

Participants in training with Global Ministries learn how to select quality Moringa leaves for drying and processing. Photo courtesy Mozart Adevu.

UMCOR equips communities to fight hunger

Program gives the hungry in places like Sudan and Liberia skills in sustainable agriculture. “Knowledge cannot be destroyed by war, stolen, or separated from the individual.” Read More

The Rev. Tom Hazelwood (second from right), of The United Methodist Committee on Relief leads a prayer at a home damaged by flood waters from Hurricane Sandy in Massapequa, N.Y. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

UMCOR offers devotional eBook

Daily readings from the Committee on Relief reflect on ways we minister to those who hurt as a symbol of “our devotion to God.” Free to download. Download

Men remove a motorcycle from storm debris piled up by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.; A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Rebuilding houses in the Philippines

After devastating typhoon, many people had “nowhere to go.” The Committee on Relief is helping residents return to permanent homes rather than relocate. Read More

The $750,000 maternity building, funded through the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad and the United Methodist Committee on Relief, has doubled the previous maternal bed space from 24 to 50 at Kissy United Methodist General Hospital (above) in eastern Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Expanded mother-child health care in Sierra Leone

The $750,000 building, funded in part by the United Methodist Committee on Relief, has doubled the previous maternal bed space. Read More

The Rev. David Cosmiano is a United Methodist district superintendent for Eastern Visayas in the Phi

UMCOR’s return to Leyte

On December 5-6, 2013, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) returned to Leyte Province in the Philippines to distribute relief goods among survivors of Typhoon Yolanda, or Haiyan. Read More

Children and teens at Grace United Methodist Church in Mount Juliet, Tenn., spend a Sunday morning packing health kits for Haiti. Photo courtesy of Dale Klaus.

Relief-Supply Kits

Want to help those in crisis? The United Methodist Committee on Relief has tips for providing essential supplies for the most vulnerable people. Visit Site

Typhoon Haiyan laid waste to vast areas near Tanauan, Philippines. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Philippines Typhoon: The Church Responds

After the devastation of Haiyan, the church is responding with relief and support. Read the latest news, find resources, donate. More

2013: Cleaning up after winds, flood

A November typhoon that left part of the Philippines in ruins was reminiscent of the 2004 South Asian tsunami while in the United States, tornado-prone Oklahoma witnessed the nation’s widest tornado on record and Colorado floodwaters cut off mountain towns for days. Read More

Bringing comfort to typhoon survivors in Philippines

When the United Methodist Committee on Relief delivered food packages Nov. 20 to six storm-ravaged communities in Dagami, the Philippines, it was the first substantial emergency relief aid there since Typhoon Haiyan struck nearly two weeks earlier. Read More

Church helps rebuild communications in Philippines

A United Methodist-led team has been providing communications relief in the Philippines this week, assessing needs and identifying ways to reconnect churches and communities after the recent typhoon. Read More

Grants help prevent malaria in South Sudan

Thanks to two first-time grants, vulnerable people in malaria endemic South Sudan will get the training and medicine needed to prevent deaths from malaria. Read More

Native Americans connect with ground zero ironworkers

They came to ground zero to make a connection, Native American to Native American. Read More

Methodist History: Bishop Fought Slavery

Gilbert Haven lived in the 19th-century but was progressive in his stances to end slavery, allow interracial marriage, and grant ordination of women. View

UMTV: Africa’s Miracle Tree

What plant can lower cholesterol, purify the liver, and prevent blindness? Learn how UMCOR helps farmers grow a nutritional powerhouse. View

Board of Global Ministries

The General Board of Global Ministries connects the church in mission. Read More

The Church in China: Focus on disaster relief

When disaster strikes, Amity goes to front lines, a new action in a country where government traditionally managed disaster response. Read More

Oklahoma climbs back after multiple tornadoes

United Methodists in Oklahoma extend relief work to areas hit by massive May 31 tornado, widest on record. Read More

5 Ways You Can Help the Oklahoma Tornado Survivors

The human spirit shines in times of disaster. In the aftermath of the May 20 tornado that destroyed parts of Moore, Oklahoma and surrounding towns, individual volunteers and community groups across the country are looking for ways to lend a hand. Read More

Laura Gage (center) hugs Joe Royer while helping sort through the wreckage of his home in Joplin, Mo.,following the deadly tornado. At left is Kevin Kaufhardt. A UMNS photo  by Mike DuBose.; A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Churches Dealing with Disaster

When disaster hits a community, pastors and congregations need to be prepared. Find news and resources for facing tough times. More

When disaster hits: Churches must prepare

Texas tornados left six dead, many homeless. Learn how UMCOR, annual conferences provide disaster response training. Read More

When disaster hits: Lessons from others

As tornadoes and floods challenge churches, one clergywoman says, "People do not recover without support, nudging and compassion." Read More

Disaster recovery: Indiana town bounces back

One year after tornado levels Henryville, pastor says, "When we bind together as the body of Christ, we are a force to be reckoned with." Read More

Disaster recovery: Minot celebrates beginnings

"The flood changed my entire ministry here," says the Rev. Debra Ball-Kilbourne, pastor of Faith United Methodist Church. Read More

Haiti 2013: Rebuilding St. Martin Methodist

Worship in St. Martin today is far different from that Sunday in 2010 when Haitian Methodists stood among rubble. Fifth in a series. Read More

Haiti 2013: Methodist staff rebuild homes

United Methodist groups find way to help Haitian staff of Methodist Guest House construct homes lost in 2010 earthquake. Fourth in a series. Read More

Haiti 2013: Future seen through eyes of a ‘kid’

For rural families in two communities in Haiti, goats are the gift that keeps on giving. Third in a series. Read More

Haiti 2013: Women help women improve lives

From working to ensure healthy moms and babies to funding small growers, Haiti Artisans for Peace makes a difference. Read More

‘HAPI is a light that shines for me’

Haitian Monique Gaston describes the positive impact working for Haiti Artisans for Peace International has made in her life. Read More

Church responds to Mozambique flood

Heavy rains washed away homes, crops and livestock, affecting 140,000. Several church entities are rushing aid. Read More

2013 hunger report: Goals ‘within reach’

Report on world hunger notes measurable successes in poorest countries. Read More

UMTV: Homeless to Hopeful

An Arkansas man recalls the day he hit rock bottom and how a hot meal at Theressa Hoover United Methodist Church saved his life. View

A Role in Relief: Melissa Crutchfield

UMCOR team member recalls how the Haiti earthquake changed her. "It was the perfect storm, personally and professionally." View

2012: A year’s worth of disasters

As pain stretched across continents and touched some places already damaged, United Methodists throughout the connection responded. Read More

2012: Hunger spiked when disaster struck

Whether natural or economic, disasters have driven up need for food assistance this year. Read More

Typhoon lessons learned in Philippines

Focus on disaster risk reduction by UMCOR and others paid off when Typhoon Bopha struck Dec. 4. Read More

Christmas giving blesses giver, receiver

At United Methodist alternative-giving markets, shoppers find that compassion, not consumerism, is the best way to honor the Christ-child. Read More

‘Giving Tuesday’ to keep Christ in Christmas

Amid the bargain-hunting hype, generous givers seek opportunities to feed hungry, fight malaria, offer relief, nurture leaders and more. Read More

Bees, snails, Moringa trees boost Liberians

UMCOR's program to teach sustainable agriculture and development makes an economic and health impact for West Africans. Read More

UMCOR Responds to Hurricane Sandy

As Hurricane Sandy bears down on millions of people, The United Methodist Church is helping prepare, respond and cope with the storm's effects. Read More

Concerns rise for Syrian Christians

United Methodists, ecumenical groups worry about effects of turmoil in Middle Eastern countries on indigenous Christians. Read More

3 young women = UMCOR’s ‘triumvirate’

When there's a disaster, disease or famine, these three women know they'll be on the ground to help. Read More

Health kits delight Louisiana school kids

'God was all over the place,' pastor says, as caring United Methodists gave - and continue to give - of time and treasure. Read More

Adding skills to end malaria in Africa

Conference sponsored by Imagine No Malaria and hosted by UMCOR teaches health board members fine points of maintaining initiatives. Read More

Needed help reaches those in Isaac’s path

At the Mississippi Conference's request, Bill Carr brought supplies from the Memphis Conference to in the middle of the hurricane. Read More

United Methodists respond to Isaac’s wrath

As rescue efforts continued in Louisiana, first responders went to work, people filled cleaning buckets and generous givers reached out. Read More

After Haiti impact, U.S. braces for Isaac

A United Methodist work team from Louisiana rode out the storm in Haiti but now prepares for pounding at home. Read More

Pan-Africa Summit trains health boards working with malaria

Representatives of in-country health boards charged with overseeing governance of malaria programs throughout Africa are gathered this week in Accra, Ghana for the Pan-Africa Summit. The participants, made up of doctors, community health workers, educators and malaria program coordinators will receive follow-up training in effective program planning, financial management, and... Read More

Joplin one year later: Moving forward

Tornado victims remembered as Missouri city rebuilds with assistance from United Methodist donations, volunteers. Read More

Iowa church was shelter in the storm

Congregation's decision not to lock its doors leaves a safe haven for a family of five as tornados wreak havoc through Central Plains. Read More

Agency QA: Global Ministries

Series looks at how agencies work: 'Global Ministries is a facilitator of mission - passionate for partnership and open to the visions of others.' Read More

Hope rises above flood damage in Minot

Recovery from last year's flood is going slow in North Dakota, but volunteers and donations are speeding up the process. Read More

Radiation fear lingers after Japan quake

As Japanese Christians work at cleanup and monitoring, concerns mount beyond 'exclusion zone' surrounding nuclear plant. Read More

Japan’s Christians active in quake relief

One year later, assistance to those affected by Japan's March 11, 2011, "triple disaster" continues, with new opportunities for volunteer teams. Read More

Churches reach out after swath of storms

A steady stream of tornadoes Feb. 28-March 2 has congregations seeking creative ways to help their communities. Read More

Clergy band plays to fight malaria

Texas clergy combine their love of music with a passion for mission and raise almost $200,000 for United Methodist causes. Read More

Better child nutrition brings economic gain

UMCOR, Church World Service join '1000 Days' movement focusing on effects of malnutrition. "Food is the first medicine." Read More

Churches respond to 2012 winter twisters

Even as they grieve losses, United Methodists find ways to help their neighbors pick up pieces after Feb.29 storms. Read More

Mixed blessings in new U.S. church numbers

Declining membership trend continues; 2010 giving to UMCOR up 146 percent and direct giving to causes jumps 29 percent. Read More