1. Give money to UMCOR.
UMCOR is the United Methodist Committee on Relief, which will work on the ground for years to come to help Haiti recover. Write checks to your local church with the Advance number "#418325" on the memo line. You may also donate directly to UMCOR online at www.umcorhaiti.org. Church treasurers only: Send your church payments to Haiti faster by using this address: http://makepayments.holston.org.
2. Assemble health kits.
UMCOR is asking United Methodists to provide health kits that can be sent to help those who are forced to leave their homes. A list of items is provided here. Holston will organize local collections of the health kits within the next two weeks. Watch The Call2 weekly e-news or The Call on Facebook for details. Individuals who wish to send money to UMCOR specifically for health kits may write checks to their local churches with "Advance #901440" on the memo line.
3. Use a Sunday bulletin insert.
Invite worshipers to participate in the relief effort with this bulletin insert.
4. Address the tragedy with special resources.
5. Sign up for a mission team (but be patient).
According to the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, "the Haitian government has indicated that it will be mid-March before UMVIM teams will be able to enter. While the desire to offer immediate help is universal among Christians, please know that waiting is the most faithful witness we can offer at this time."
Special training and insurance are required of UMVIM teams. To sign up for a future mission effort, e-mail Melissa Smith or call (865) 689-5175.
6. Pray, pray, pray.
The United Methodist Church has prepared a Facebook page for shared prayer concerns.