What Our Church is Doing for Earthquake Victims in Nepal

By April 29, 2015Outreach

NepalA massive earthquake strikes Nepal . . . more than 5,000 people are dead . . . thousands of children, mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, grandmothers, fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, grandfathers are injured or unable to be reached . . . medical help is needed everywhere you look . . . and everyday basics, like food and water, are critically in short supply . . . 

On April 25, just as soon of news of the devastating earthquake that rocked Nepal was heard, UMCOR sprang into action. Because our United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has built relationships worldwide, as United Methodists we are always ready to respond to tragedies such as these locally and internationally with immediate help. Here are a few important details of this response from UMCOR’s website: umcor.org

On April 25, The General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, through its disaster-relief arm and in conjunction with longtime local and international partners and Nepal-based Global Ministries missionaries responded. And, on April 27, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Global Ministries’ relief and development unit, approved a grant of $90,000 for international partner Global-Medic to bring sorely needed clean water to survivors through provision of household and public water-filtration units. UMCOR also is in conversation with United Mission to Nepal (UMN), a partner in community-based health and education projects in Nepal for more than 60 years.

“Global Ministries has been in mission with the people of Nepal a long time, and that is a great grace in this time of need,” said Thomas Kemper, who heads the organization. “Our long-established and current work in the communities, especially through UMN, spurs our response.”

That response is assisted further by the fact that UMN had the foresight to assign one of its officers to participate in UMCOR’s most recent regional disaster readiness and response training, which was just held in the Philippines in February.

Rev. J. Denise Honeycutt, who leads UMCOR, pointed out that the regional trainings “fortify our partners’ capacity to respond quickly and efficiently to crises. The technical training UMN received helps UMCOR connect with UMN to respond to the most vulnerable people impacted by this earthquake.”

How Can You Help?

As events and needs continue to unfold in Nepal in the aftermath of the earthquake, you can help.

Pray for all who have been impacted by this emergency: for the people of Nepal, for Global Ministries and UMCOR partners at work on the ground there, and for Global Ministries’ five missionaries and their families assigned to serve there.

Assemble Health Kits Health Kits are just one of the six types of relief-supply kits UMCOR collects. These kits help provide care for the most vulnerable people during times of crisis. UMCOR is in need of Health Kits. If you want to help assemble UMCOR Health Kits please follow these instructions and bring your fully assembled Health Kits to the church between now and June 7.

Give to FUMCFW’s Earthquake Assistance Fund at fumcfw.org/givenow and select “Earthquake Relief” from the drop-down menu or make your check payable to FUMCFW and write “Earthquake Relief” in the memo line.

Stay informed Visit umcor.org and umcmission.org for updates and developments regarding Global Ministries’ and UMCOR’s response to and accompaniment of survivors.




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