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UMCOR Sunday


When Hurricane Sandy made landfall in Cuba five years ago, it damaged or destroyed 170,000 homes and killed 11 people in the provinces of Holguin and Santiago de Cuba, before charging up the U.S. east coast.

In its initial post-Sandy meeting with the Methodist Church in Cuba (Iglesia Metodista en Cuba, IMECU), the United Methodist Committee on Relief issued grants to rebuild 100 homes and repair or reconstruct 21 churches damaged by Sandy. Area churches assembled volunteer Cuban construction teams, or brigadas.

Cuba has 357 Methodist churches, the majority of which are “house churches,” meaning that religious gatherings are held in private residences.

The newly constructed homes will act as community shelters in future disasters, Gregory A. Forrester, UMCOR disaster response executive for the U.S., explained. “In many cases, they are the only homes in the community with the resiliency to withstand the next storm.”

The brigadas are Cubans helping Cubans, he said. “They are responding with the love of Christ and doing what needs to be done to bring recovery to the people of Cuba. Disciples are being made in the churches, houses are being restored and UMCOR is there, partnering with them.”

Reaching people in more than 80 countries, including the United States, UMCOR provides humanitarian relief when war, conflict or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.

Your contribution ensures UMCOR’s response in times of crisis. The UMCOR Sunday offering restores and rebuilds lives in Cuba, the United States and around the world. Thank you for your generous gift!

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