UMCOR Hurricane Matthew Response and Project Transformation Named as 2016 Thanksliving Offering Recipients
The Central Texas Conference collects a special offering each November designated to help energize and equip people, ministries and emergency relief efforts in both our local and global communities. The offering is traditionally split 90/10, with the majority percentage of the funds rotating each year between local and global ministries. This year (2019) the majority will be designated to local ministries.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) acted quickly in response to the destruction and death caused by Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean, especially in Haiti – more than 500 deaths in Haiti have been attributed to Hurricane Matthew, with the greatest loss and storm damage in the southern region. The provision of emergency supplies, food, health kits and other assistance builds on UMCOR’s sustained presence in Haiti, work that has continued since the disastrous earthquake in January 2010. UMCOR will also assist Bahamas Methodist Habitat with a grant in response to Matthew’s damage to that part of the Caribbean.
The response will begin with the emergency supplies, a water purification program done in partnership with GlobalMedic, and an additional food-distribution program through the Haitian church. The initial financial outlay by UMCOR will well exceed $150,000. As always, thanks to donations received during the annual Great Hour of Sharing
special offering (now known as UMCOR Sunday), 100 percent of donations received will go directly to aid and assist in the relief efforts.
Every year, hundreds of college age young adults commit a summer or even a full year of their lives to serve and build relationships with children and youth from low-income communities. They live in intentional community and explore a call to ministry and service. Through the power of relationships and by leveraging a unique collaboration with local churches and community partners, Project Transformation focuses on enriching the body, mind and spirit, with a unique emphasis on literacy. Programs are strategically housed in churches in the heart of low-income communities. This partnership between these site churches and Project Transformation allows local churches to leverage the program In order to make new connections and form meaningful relationships with families in their immediate neighborhood.
The Central Texas Conference is home to one of the newest chapters of Project Transformation. The chapter’s inaugural summer programs are planned for the summer of 2017.
For years, the faithful giving of local churches of the CTC in support of the annual Thanksliving offering has done much to support local and global ministries, such as CTC backpack and hunger ministries, the Burundi Animal Livestock Project and, Kids Against Hunger. Thanks to all for your extravagant generosity is support of mission ministries in- and outside of the borders of the CTC.
The special offering (Remittance Fund #3968) can be sent to the CTC online or by mailing a check. To download remittance forms, visit ctcumc.org/cmgbreakdown.