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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

July 1, 2014

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

UMTV: Young Women of UMCOR

They are leaders at relief agency before age 40. Hear their story. "Young people are looking at us saying, 'We want to do that, too.'" View

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

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. Read 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

Sisters give 3 years to map hunger solutions

After 38,893 miles and 254 nights away from home, United Methodists have recorded what they've learned in "Facing Hunger in America." 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

Breadfruit flour effort aims to enrich Haiti

Despite obstacles, Hennepin Avenue church in Minneapolis works toward innovative project to provide food and jobs. Read More

UMCOR Spring Storms

Leaders say the relief agency has already responded to as many storms as in all of 2010, and almost as many as in 2009. View

Tornado Losses, Lessons:  Rev. Kelly Clem

The Rev. Kelly Clem lost her child and her church in a 1994 tornado. Now she is comforting others recovering from storms. View

Malaria Lab Fights Killer

Andrea Henkel is a scientist with personal reasons to Imagine No Malaria. She got malaria in Togo and children close to her died from the disease. View

First-time volunteer at 91

We are all called to serve others. There are no rules for when or where, and no age limits. Meet a volunteer whose stamina might surprise you. View

One Year Later: Haiti Quake Survivor

The Rev. Jim Gulley was trapped for 3 days under the Hotel Montana. The tragedy served to strengthen his resolve to change lives in Haiti. View

Imagine No Malaria has first release of funds

Anti-malaria initiative partners with UMCOR and Global Fund to eliminate malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. Read More

Church makes pledge to Global Fund

United Methodists will give up to $28 million to fight AIDS, TB and malaria, through the first faith-based partnership with the Global Fund. Read More

Child Mortality Rates Declining Worldwide

United Methodist efforts to provide better health care, accessibility to clinics, and bed nets could be factors contributing to the decline. Read More

Members of St. Martin Methodist Church in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, erect a temporary shelter for Sunday worship. UMNS photos by Mike DuBose.

Worship goes on beside damaged Haitian church

Between the ruins of St. Martin Methodist Church and school, chairs are full. Read More

New Advance Project Guide Now Available

Almost a thousand projects and programs in 100 countries are included in the new Giving Resource Guide from The Advance, the United Methodist designated mission giving channel. Read More

Palmer Urges Prayer for Storm Victims in Cuba

Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, President of the Council of Bishops, is urging United Methodists to pray for the people of Cuba who are suffering from the devastation of Hurricanes Ike and Gustav. Read More

United Methodists Over Halfway to Nothing But Nets Goal More Than $1.75 Million Raised for Mosquito

"The "Send a net. Save a life." message has gained momentum across the church. Read More

“Open Hearts” Ventures Into Online Advertising

Placements of online ads are targeted at reaching 22 to 44 year-olds. Read More

United Methodists Offer Prayers, Caring in Wake of Bridge Collapse

United Methodists across Minneapolis are standing in solidarity with victims and families in the aftermath. Read More

UMCOR Spotlighted on XM Satellite Radio Show

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) will be featured on XM Radio's "For Heaven's Sake with Beverly Burke" at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 15 at 2 p.m. (ET) on channel 155. The hour-long show comes on the heels of UMCOR's landmark global partnership signing in London with Muslim Aid on June 26. Read More

United Methodist Advertising Awareness Continues Steady Climb

New research indicates that awareness of The United Methodist Church's "Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors." advertising continues to escalate, reaching more "seekers" each year. Read More

Christian and Muslim Relief Groups Form Landmark Global Aid Partnership

The partnership could result in approximately $15 million in direct relief to disaster, war and conflict-ridden areas. Read More