Koreans Thank Missionaries with Masks: Officials with Yonsei University Health System in South Korea, recently shipped 10,000 protective face masks to Atlanta as a gesture of thanks to the United Methodist missionaries who helped their country decades ago. Retired missionaries receiving the masks live in 38 different states including one in Hawaii; 16 in North Carolina; 14 in Texas; 19 in California; and nine in Florida. Read more from the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Mission Hospital Staff Stays on Job: With Zimbabwe’s health sector paralyzed by labor strikes and a lack of protective equipment and other supplies, more patients are turning to United Methodist mission hospitals and clinics for care. Read more
Hurricane Sally: The Alabama-West Florida Conference has been amassing flood buckets and gearing up in other ways to help after slow-moving Hurricane Sally. Conference officials were beginning to assess damage along the upper Gulf Coast and stressed that it’s too early for response teams to deploy. See latest updates at awfumc.org
Oregon Wildfires: On Sept. 10, the Rev. Heather Riggs of Oak Grove UMC in Oregon received a text message that some of the Oak Grove area transient population was being turned away from wildfire shelters due to COVID-19 restrictions. In less than five hours, the church created a shelter. Read more
UMCOR is assisting in conference response to the Gulf Coast hurricanes and wildfires in the West. Get updates at facebook.com/UMCOR