When disaster strikes around the globe – Haiti’s 2010 earthquake or Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 – so many watching the drama unfold on our living room televisions feel entirely helpless. How could any one person make a difference in the wake of such widespread devastation? As responders around the globe scramble to help survivors, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, UMCOR, is prepared.

So don’t be fooled by that word committee. Since 1940, when UMCOR’s forerunner was established to meet the needs of those suffering overseas at the onset of World War II, we’ve continued to respond to those in desperate need – today throughout more than eighty countries around the world.

The response of UMCOR isn’t something “they” do, it’s something “we” do.

That’s because your generous giving to UMCOR Sunday is what allows UMCOR to act as the arms and legs of Christ’s church, moving toward the most vulnerable in their darkest days. Convinced that all people have God given worth and dignity – without regard to race, religion or gender – together we are assisting those impacted by crisis or chronic need.

Because you give, the United Methodist Church’s compassionate response to human suffering continues today:

  • When tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma, we responded
  • When children in Zimbabwe lost parents to AIDS, we responded
  • And when the next mass crises occurs, we will be prepared to respond

UMCOR will be able to offer aid in Jesus’ name to those who suffer because United Methodists give through UMCOR Sunday. In fact, it’s your generosity giving that allows us to respond when disaster strikes.

Not “they”. We.

To give – Please make out your check to “OUMC” and write UMCOR SUNDAY in the memo line, place it in the UMCOR envelope (or an envelope with UMCOR Sunday” written on it) and give it to an usher or place in the offering (or mail it to the church office at 21 E. Burdick St. Oxford, 48371).