Some of you have inquired about a special appeal for the people in Pakistan who are suffering such unbelievable death and hardships from the floods. UMCOR provides one of the most effective means to make sure your money is reaching its destination and providing the help needed for those most impacted by the floods. We received an email warning that some groups are writing congregations pleading for financial assistance. These may be very legitimate organizations. Others are corrupt individuals seeking to defraud for their own personal benefit. It is important to know you are making a gift to a legitimate organization and to remember that 100% of the money given through UMCOR goes to those suffering from the disaster.
UMCOR reports that 8 million Pakistanis need emergency assistance. More than 20 million people have been affected by the floods. The United Nations says the disaster’s toll is comparable to the combined toll of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, 2004 Indonesia tsunami, and 2005 Kashmir earthquake. Such devastation is beyond what most of us can comprehend.
Gifts can be made directly through www.gbgm-umc.org and follow their links for contributions. You may also place a check in your local church offering plate and mark it for Pakistan Relief. Those gifts will be processed through your local church and the annual conference.
May God bless you as you bless others.
Grace & Peace