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The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the not-for-profit humanitarian
agency of The United Methodist Church. Since 1940 UMCOR's mission-- providing relief
in disaster areas, aiding refugees and confronting the challenge of world hunger and
poverty-- has helped to heal the hurts of humanity in nearly 100 countries. UMCOR
maintains a corps of trained disaster response specialists for quick reinforcement of
national efforts and keeps a supply of relief materials in warehouses for dispatch when
and where required. It also trains disaster response specialists in their own countries as
part of a global ministry by a global church and works in partnership with other
international agencies.
The ministry of all Christians consists of service for the mission of God in the world. The
mission of God is best expressed in the prayer that Jesus taught his first disciples: Thy
kingdom come; thy will be done, on earth as in heaven. All Christians, therefore, are to live
in active expectancy: faithful in service of God and their neighbor; faithful in waiting for the
fulfillment of God’s universal love, justice, and peace on earth as in heaven.
Pending this time of fulfillment, the ministry of all Christians is shaped by the teachings of
Jesus. The handing on of these teachings is entrusted to leaders who are gifted and
called by God to appointed offices in the church: some apostles, some prophets, some
evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for
building up the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12). For these persons to lead the church
effectively, they must embody the teachings of Jesus in servant ministries and servant
leadership. Through these ministries and leadership, congregations of the church are
faithfully engaged in the forming of Christian disciples and vitally involved in the mission of
God in the world.
— Excerpt from "Mission as Active Expectancy," The Book of Discipline of The United
Methodist Church, 2008
The United Methodist Church is uniquely situated to respond to disasters because we
have churches (mission stations) in every county and in almost every town and village
across the United States. We also have a worldwide Methodist connection with annual
conferences, central conferences, and autonomous partner churches on five continents.
Most of the time, even before the area bishop or the annual conference officials contact
the United Methodist Committee on Relief disaster-response office, the UMCOR network
manager is on the phone trying to ascertain the damage and offering to give assistance to
affected communities. [more]

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