UMCOR Emergency Appeal for Health Kits, Water and Blankets

As president of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), I am making this emergency appeal for United Methodists and their friends to supply Health Kits, bottled water and blankets for survivors of Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast. The need is desperate throughout the area devastated by the storm, especially among people who have been or are being evacuated from their homes.

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Mission and Ministry
Jazel Resurreccion Lustre, a volunteer teacher in Bulacan province, helps a child from the Longos neighborhood, which was devastated by fire. The September blaze destroyed 28 of 108 homes in the impoverished community. Photo by Emily Sison.

Philippines youth respond to fire victims

United Methodist youth help when fire destroys 28 homes in Pulilan, Philippines.
Disaster Relief
Caton Darling, 17, secures a tarp over the roof of his family’s home in Lake Charles, La., after Hurricane Laura toppled trees that damaged the roof.

Amazing grace comes in many ways for storm survivors

Hurricane Laura destroyed churches, homes and businesses but failed to drown the United Methodist spirit of caring.
Church Growth
The Rev. Lovett H. Weems Jr. Photo courtesy of Wesley Theological Seminary.

Young elder numbers near historic low

United Methodist clergy age study shows modest growth period has been followed by drops in the number of both men and women elders under age 35.