The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) began in 1940 as the Methodist Committee for Overseas Relief when Bishop Herbert Welch established a temporary committee and a day of prayer and fasting to address the poverty of war-displaced Chinese refugees and to “be a voice of conscience... acting in relief of human suffering without distinction of race, color or creed.” In 1972, UMCOR was formally integrated into the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Global Ministries, continuing to provide relief and rehabilitation assistance after disaster, war, and conflict, which disrupt life and create emergency situations or chronic events, circumstances, and human rights issues that lead to poverty, where communities or individuals are unable to recover without support.

UMCOR’s World Hunger and Poverty program is its most ...

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