GLOBAL MINISTRIES AND UMCOR COVID-19 RESPONSE

Collaborations with health professionals, missionaries, disaster management coordinators and faith leaders have allowed for a global response to COVID-19 by Global Ministries and UMCOR.

From the Philippines to Pennsylvania, Brazil to Burundi, peoples’ daily needs such as healthcare, food, hygiene and job security are being met.

By equipping local churches, annual conferences and nonprofit organizations to be in mission with their communities, we are caring for one another and extending compassion to those left most vulnerable during this challenging time.

Through the Sheltering in Love campaign and unit programming, we celebrate the far-reaching impact of 270 grants totaling $2.8 million and commit to continued care and compassion in the fight against COVID-19. Review the full list of mission partners here.

You can continue to support the work of Global Ministries and UMCOR in our ongoing programmatic response to the coronavirus. Give today.


Declaration on global vaccine equity

Declaration on global vaccine equity

Global Ministries staff participated in the development of the declaration on vaccine equity and the agency supports its call for worldwide distribution and accessibility of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Feeding the 5,000 (weekly) in New York

Feeding the 5,000 (weekly) in New York

A few grants and strong connections opened UMC food pantries and kitchens in key underserved areas of New York during the pandemic.
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Missionaries cope with coronavirus challenges

Missionaries cope with coronavirus challenges

Serving in South Africa, St. Lucia, Congo, Colombia and Cambodia, five global missionaries share how they continue to engage in mission during the pandemic.
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UMCOR COVID-19 grants in Brazil reach isolated communities

UMCOR COVID-19 grants in Brazil reach isolated communities

Seven UMCOR COVID-19 grants from the Sheltering in Love campaign are making a difference through caring Methodist congregations in Brazil. Support in the form of food, rent assistance, masks and protective equipment, and education about the best preventive hygiene are ministries Brazilian Methodists undertake to serve their neighbors.
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Sheltering in Love Grant Recipient: Intown Food Pantry

Sheltering in Love Grant Recipient: Intown Food Pantry

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave vulnerable communities hungry, Intown Collaborative Ministries in Atlanta, GA is using funds from UMCOR to ensure their food pantry is able to safely meet an increased need for food.
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UMCOR grants make global impact on response to COVID-19 pandemic

UMCOR grants make global impact on response to COVID-19 pandemic

Sheltering in Love grant campaign receives nearly $2 million in donations; expedited grant awards given to nonprofits in 43 countries and 43 states.
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UMCOR COVID-19 grants help with housing and homelessness

UMCOR COVID-19 grants help with housing and homelessness

As a federal moratorium that protected an estimated 12 million people from eviction expires, two United Methodist agencies, Restore Hope Ministries in Oklahoma and Good Neighbor Settlement House in Texas, have used UMCOR COVID-19 grants to keep people from being evicted and assist them when they have nowhere else to go but the streets.
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Responding with love and compassion to serve neighbors in need

Responding with love and compassion to serve neighbors in need

Like many places in the world, Vietnam is facing economic impacts from the novel coronavirus. The Vietnam Mission Initiative partnered with Global Ministries Asia Pacific Regional Office, Scranton Women’s Leadership Center, and the Wesley Foundation to offer concrete love and compassion to its neighbors.
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Food relief helps in Liberia’s COVID-19 fight

Food relief helps in Liberia’s COVID-19 fight

Liberia is combating COVID-19 through both health and food security: the health board received an early solidarity grant from UMCOR for prevention training and the conference received a more recent UMCOR Sheltering in Love grant to provide food packages to the elderly, the physically challenged and at-risk children and youth undergoing rehabilitation at a facility in Monrovia. UMNS shares the story.
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Prisoners facing crisis during COVID-19

Prisoners facing crisis during COVID-19

Advocates for the early release of some prisoners say COVID-19 has exposed the broken and unjust prison systems where 2.2 million people — disproportionally people of color — live in overcrowded cells without proper protection and testing for the disease.
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