In late February, during a visit by church leaders to a tsunami-affected region, a woman in India tells the Rev. John H. Thomas, UCC general minister and president, and the Rev. Lydia Veliko, UCC ecumenical officer, of her loss. James Vijayakumar photo.
Through church members' gifts to tsunami relief, the UCC - in close association with its partner churches in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Thailand and Myanmar - is providing food, medical care, shelter, hygiene and housekeeping kits, water purification systems and sanitation facilities for thousands of affected residents.
As of March 4, UCC members had contributed $1,526,082 through One Great Hour of Sharing to assist tsunami victims. Meanwhile, members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) had offered $1,656,161. Together, these significant dollars are funding relief and rehabilitation efforts through the two denominations' joint Global Ministries.
Emphasizing that disaster relief is not only a short-term response, Global Ministries' executives say they are prepared to sustain a 5-to-10- year funding plan for tsunami rehabilitation programs.
Here's a rundown of how your mission dollars are touching lives
Emergency Relief sent to UCC/Disciples' ecumenical partners:
|Jaffna Diocese, Sri Lanka
Communion of Churches on Indonesia
National Christian Council of Sri Lanka
Church of North India
Church of South India
Church's Auxilary for Social Action
Madras Diocese, India
Church of Christ in Thailand
Peace Trust of Kanyakumari, India
Myanmar Council of Churches
Emergency relief to UCC/Disciples' global response ministries:
|Church World Service
Action by Churches Together
Committed for long-term rehabilitation:
|Church of North India
Jaffna Diocese, Sri Lanka
(initial phase of a $324,000 request under consideration)
Christian Theological Seminary, Sri Lanka
(initial phase of a $150,000 request under consideration)
Church of Christ in Thailand / WCC
Proposal under consideration:
|Housing, Village of Lhamcham, Indonesia||$506,000|