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A Cry for Help


Volunteers for UMCOR Philippines prepare emergency relief packages for those affected by Typhoon Sendong. UMCOR Philippines.

Thanks to your generous gifts on One Great Hour of Sharing Sunday, UMCOR, was able to provide assistance to the people of Mindanao when a Tropical Storm devastated their island.

The disaster brought about by Tropical Storm Washi is unprecedented. Many lives were devastated and forever changed by the disaster that struck the people of Mindanao, a southern island of the Philippines, last month. Many people are still missing, and hundreds of corpses are discovered daily during search operations. The death toll has risen to 1,257, and the number of missing to 173. Damages to property and farmlands are estimated at almost PhP 1.5 billion (more than US $34 million).

An Islamic community about 11 miles from the city of Iligan was swept away by Washi, also called Typhoon Sendong. The community in Iligan comprises four barangays, or municipalities, namely, Mandulog, Kalilangan, Lanipao, and Dulag. Maik Sultan, a 55-year-old chieftain from Kalilangan, tearfully recalled the events of that fatal night of December 16, 2011.

He said that many of the people living near the river and in nearby communities were drowned by floodwaters. About 17 died and many others are still missing. Still others were able to survive the onslaught of Sendong by swimming away or climbing onto rooftops. Corn and other crops that provide a livelihood to many in the community also were destroyed. Schools were washed out by floodwaters seven feet high and two and a half acres in diameter.

According to Maik, organizations have responded and provided food and non-food items to the community, though more help is needed. “We are still in need of food donations and are appealing to those who have generous hearts to help us rebuild our lives and our communities,” he said.

The Islamic community in Iligan is one of the communities being organized by the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP). UMCOR is responding to typhoon-affected areas in Cagayan De Oro and Iligan, in partnership with RMP and BALSA Mindanao.

The Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, in collaboration with Panda Bulig, a disaster-response NGO, founded BALSA Mindanao, a citizen-led response to the immense humanitarian crisis brought about by Typhoon Sendong. The components of BALSA Mindanao relief missions include food, medical assistance, psychosocial relief, documentation, and education.

You can help UMCOR provide assistance to survivors of Typhoon Sendong by giving to Philippines Emergency.

— story by Salvador G. Eduarte, Jr., professor at Philippine Christian University


One Great Hour of Sharing offering, a United Methodist Special Sunday, enables the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to respond to disasters around the world by covering its operational and administrative costs. Unlike other mission programs, UMCOR receives no World Service or other apportionment money. By giving to One Great Hour of Sharing, you enable UMCOR to keep the promise that 100% of designated gifts will go to support the designated PROJECTS. Please continue to give generously to the One Great Hour of Sharing. Your gift can make a difference in the lives of those who are hurting. Click here to give online.

Downloadable Resources

2012 One Great Hour of Sharing Bulletin Insert - PDF format

2012 One Great Hour of Sharing Mini Poster(8 1/2 x 11) - PDF format 

2012 One Great Hour of Sharing Poster (11 x 17) - PDF format 

 

2012 Special Sunday Combo - Mini Poster - PDF format

Videos

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  • One Great Hour of Sharing: Accessing Safe Water

    This video shows UMCOR helping those in developing countries to have access to safe drinking water by drilling wells and educating them on sanitation and safe hygiene practices. This video is 2:38 minutes long.

  • One Great Hour of Sharing: Hope Rises


    This video shows images of UMCOR volunteers and staff helping individuals all over the country that have been affected by natural disasters. This video is 2:43 minutes long.

     

  • One Great Hour of Sharing: Rebuilding Japan


    This video shows UMCOR continuing to help those in Japan that were affected by the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami to rebuild their infrastructures and get their lives back to normal as soon as possible. This video is 2:18 minutes long.

     

  • Bishop Bickerton encourages local churches to support UMCOR/OGHS

    Bishop Bickerton, resident Bishop of the Pittsburgh area and Western Pennsylvania Conference is encouraging local churches to give to One Great Hour of Sharing this Sunday. Gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing pays for the administration cost of the United Methodist Committee on Relief. When disaster strikes, UMCOR is ready to respond because the administrative costs are paid through gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing. 

     

  • Bishop Dorff encourages local churches to support UMCOR/OGHS

    Bishop James E. Dorff of the San Antonio area (Rio Grande and Southwest Texas Annual Conferences) is encouraging local churches to give to One Great Hour of Sharing this Sunday. Gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing pays for the administration cost of the United Methodist Committee on Relief. When disaster strikes, UMCOR is ready to respond because the administrative costs are paid through gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing. Local churches may select an alternative date to receive an offering for One Great Hour of Sharing if they are unable to celebrate One Great Hour of Sharing on March 10, 2013.

     

  • Bishop Dyck encourages local churches to support UMCOR/OGHS

    Bishop Bishop Sally Dyck of the Chicago area (Northern Illinois Annual Conference) encourages local churches to give to One Great Hour of Sharing this Sunday. Gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing pays for the administration cost of the United Methodist Committee on Relief. When disaster strikes, UMCOR is ready to respond because the administrative costs are paid through gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing.

     

  • One Great Hour of Sharing Kamina, Congo Video

     

    High-quality downloads: QuickTime (MP4) | Windows Media (WMV)
    (To download, right-click on the desired format and select "Save link as..." or "Save target as...")

  • Darryl Tate 
    In this 3 minute video, the Rev. Darryl Tate speaks about the importance of giving
    to one Great Hour of Sharing and how through the offering, UMCOR provided assistance
    in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. 

     

    High-quality downloads: QuickTime (MP4) | Windows Media (WMV)

  • U.S. Hurricane Recovery
    Hurricane Katrina was the largest natural disaster in United States history. This video highlights the work of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) in the areas of disaster. UMCOR is financially supported through your One Great Hour of Sharing offering.
  • World Hunger
    This video focuses on world hunger and the work the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is doing to help those around the world develop sustainable agriculture and provide nutrition to those in need. UMCOR is financially supported through your One Great Hour of Sharing offering.

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