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UMCOR | Alleviating Human Suffering
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. They provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.
UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church, and the goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We believe all people have God-given worth and dignity. While UMCOR cooperates with other aid organizations to extend our reach, our most important partners are the people we serve. We are confident that successful solutions to emergency or chronic conditions begin with the affected population. UMCOR provides these survivors not only temporary relief but long-term education, training, and support.
Grace’s recent efforts include donations for Sandy Relief, For more information on UMCOR visit www.umcor.org.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD | Gift Shoeboes for Armenian Children
We are supporting children in Armenia through our own North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Armenia is a small, poor country in Eastern Europe between Turkey, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. Many of these children live in deep poverty or are refugees. No group other than United Methodists in North Carolina give Christmas gift boxes to these Christian children in Armenia. Many non-profits feel it is too dangerous to operate in Armenia and have no presence there. Our conference also supports a missionary in Armenia, Nara Melkonyan, who oversees this program and the other AGAPE programs. In the late summer, plastic boxes with packing lists inside are located on a table in the Welcome Center area. The packing list includes items allowed and directions for packing the boxes. It is asked that packers provide a small amount to help with shipping. A member of our congregation gathers the boxes for delivery to the warehouse in Goldsboro at the date requested. Typically, the deadline for having boxes ready is sometime in mid-October. Please read more about the AGAPE programs at http://nccumc.org/outreach/project-agape.
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