Video: Puerto Rican bishop gives thanks to UMCOR


In the year since Hurricane Maria swept across Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017, The United Methodist Church has been sending prayers and support. The United Methodist Committee on Relief has contributed more than $20 million, allowing the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico to establish the Renew, Rebuild and Reconstruct (Rehace
program. Bishop Hector Ortiz of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico expresses his gratitude.

A series of videos produced by Michelle Maldonado of United Methodist Communications shows the impact the church has had.

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Michael Vaughn, director of music ministry at A&M United Methodist Church in College Station, Texas, has directed and edited virtual choir videos, including with his church’s children’s choir. United Methodist music ministers are coming up with creative ways to keep music going and keep choir members engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of Michael Vaughn.

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Mission and Ministry
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Church helps victims of flood and COVID-19

United Methodists in Côte d'Ivoire, with UMCOR support, respond after flooding triggers a deadly landslide near Abidjan.
Mission and Ministry
People walk over a wooden bridge built by United Methodist Men of Sange after the original bridge was washed away by mid-April flooding in Uvira, Congo. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

Church aids flood survivors in Congo

Donations from Switzerland Methodist Church, Wespath also help pastors and their families struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.