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.

Video: Methodist program provides both material and emotional support after Maria

Video: Maria survivor: ‘Thank you for returning my happiness’

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