Uwharrie District Supports Ukraine Relief Efforts

News Article April 4, 2022
Rev. Laura Auten, Uwharrie Superintendent and Missional Strategist issued a challenge to pastors and churches across the district. She dared everyone to match a donation and double dog dared them to give even more! The people of the Uwharrie District rose to the challenge. To date, over $29,740 has been raised through the Uwharrie District for direct relief efforts in Ukraine and neighboring countries. (4.7.22 update: over $47,190!!)

Rev. Auten shares, "I am proud and grateful for how the people of the Uwharrie District have given generously to provide relief for their neighbors in Ukraine. They take seriously Jesus's teaching to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. Thank you to each person, family, and church that has given and continues to give."

The funds raised are being sent directly to UMCOR's advance offering to support active ministry assisting Ukrainian refugees and other neighbors in need. You can read a March 29, 2022 update from the Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe HERE.

UMCOR grants for immediate relief have been given to United Methodist partners in Ukraine as well as neighboring nations—Poland, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia—to support those who remain in Ukraine as well as those who have fled the violence. In addition, grants are being awarded to partners like ACT Alliance, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and Human Rights League. These grants are providing transportation assistance, humanitarian supplies such as food, water, clothing, shelter and medication, as well as legal services and safe spaces for women, children and those with disabilities. UMCOR is in continuous dialogue with UMC entities and other partners throughout Europe to identify additional ways to assist. The situation in Eastern and Central Europe is evolving and Global Ministries and UMCOR will continue to respond in the months and years ahead. (Information quoted from UMCOR's FAQ).

Gifts to support the people of Ukraine can be made in the following ways:
  • Online at https://umcmission.org/advance-project/982450
  •  By toll-free telephone: 888-252-6174
  • By check with “Advance #982450-Ukraine” written on the memo line, either mailed and addressed to Global Ministries/UMCOR, GPO, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY, 10087-9068 or given at or through any United Methodist church