The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is present in times of crisis and disaster around the world, acting in as the hands of Christ in the most difficult or tragic times.
This organization is able to provide fast and meaningful relief in the aftermath of disasters thanks in large part to the UMCOR Sunday offering collected by local congregations every year. When your congregation contributes to this offering, you help pay for the general operating costs of UMCOR. Because of this offering, UMCOR is able to direct 100% of other donations directly to specific disaster relief.
Your donations, marked “UMCOR” may be left at the communion rail or placed in the offering plate on any Sunday in March. You may also send them to or bring them by the church office.
By Sandy Wilder
When disaster strikes around the globe—Haiti’s 2010 earthquake or Hurricane Sandy of 2012—so many of us watching the drama unfold feel entirely helpless. How could any one person make a difference in the wake of such widespread devastation? Yet as responders around the globe scramble to help survivors, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, UMCOR, is already prepared to act.
So don’t be fooled by the 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.
When You Give You Equip Christ’s Body to Serve in His Name
That’s because your generous giving to One Great Hour of Sharing 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
- When a massive tsunami devastated lives in Japan, we responded
- When Hurricane Sandy turned life upside down in the Northeast, we responded
- And when the next mass crisis 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 generous giving that allows us to respond when disaster strikes.
Not “they.” We.
Will you continue to give to UMCOR? Will you continue to meet the needs of the children, families, and communities who’ve experienced devastation in the wake of disaster?
When we meet the needs of those who suffer we actually minister to Jesus, who said: “I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.” (Mt. 25:35-36, CEB)
As we respond, we recognize Jesus in those who are in need.