UNITED METHODIST COMMITTEE ON RELIEF (UMCOR)

Lake Travis United Methodist Church supports The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).  The mission of UMCOR is to alleviate human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more.

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UMCOR’s initiative, No More Malaria, raised money to purchase mosquito nets for countries plagued by malaria.

UMCOR’s initiative, No More Malaria, raised money to provide mosquito nets for beds in countries plagued by malaria. The goal of No More Malaria is to eradicate malaria in Africa in 10 years – a goal that is well within reach thanks to this program.

UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church through the General Board of Global Ministries, and our goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We believe all people have God-given worth and dignity.

UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. We provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.

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Lake Travis United Methodist Women sewed school bags to send to UMCOR, where they will be filled with school supplies and distributed to impoverished students. Haiti has been a recent recipient of our school kits.

UMCOR spends 100 percent of designated donations on the projects our donors specify. When UMCOR donors give their time, money, and supplies, they join UMCOR as the hands and feet of Christ.

In addition to monetary contributions, churches have the opportunity to assemble kits to send to the Sager Brown Center, an UMCOR warehouse in Louisiana. Lake Travis United Methodist Women have been active in working on these kits, including birthing kits, school kits, health kits and more.

 


COOKSON HILLS CENTER

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Rev. Whitaker serving Holy Communion at a one day retreat for area UMW members hosted by Lake Travis United Methodist Women. Rev. Whitaker gave a wonderful talk about her work as director of Cookson Hills Center.

Lake Travis United Methodist Church contributes to the support of  Cookson Hills Center in Oklahoma. Cookson Hills United Methodist Mission is a mission serving the Cherokee Indians in Cookson Hills, Oklahoma. Reverend Meridith Whitaker is the director of the Mission.

Rev. Meridith Whitaker works to develop programs that will help the people of this very poor area find ways to live within their means. Along with her staff, she administers a large Senior Citizens Nutrition Program, which includes lunches, craft programs, field trips, social events, health checks, and daycare for infants through age 8. She oversees cottage industries that include a recycling project making doormats out of vehicle tires, silk screening, an embroidery shop, ceramic chalice making, and jewelry repair. Responsibilities also include the Health Resource Center, thrift shop, craft shop, and many other programs that serve the low-income people of this tri-county region. She works with visiting Volunteer-In-Mission teams.

 

Meri is the supply pastor for Canterbury Chapel United Methodist 12-Step Church for people in recovery from drugs and alcohol. The church has received attention and mention from two authors, George Hunt and Bishop Robert C. Schnase of the Missouri Annual Conference. Meri is herself an author. Her book, My Sister, The Father, is part of the 2011 reading program of United Methodist Women.

Rev. Whitaker was appointed to the World Methodist Council in 1996, was the recipient of the Harry S. Denman Award in 2002, and the Sequoyah County Citizen of the Year Award in 2007. She holds local church membership in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference.