Friends, needless to say this is heavy on my heart. My family is in India and in the thick of it. Several family members and friends are fighting the virus at home or in hospitals. Every day we learn of more people who have been diagnosed positive or have lost their fight with COVID. The situation is dangerous and the need for the international community to extend our support to India and other countries is high. I am grateful for our President who has extended that help and is sending the aid that we can, to ease the burden for the people in India.
The United Methodist Church is also doing what we can through the United Methodist Committee on relief (UMCOR) by purchasing emergency equipment, hospital beds and all that we are able to help with. In reality, “UMCOR has been working with health boards, medical professionals, disaster management coordinators and faith leaders to prevent the further spread of this disease,” and invite our support. “Through the UMCOR COVID-19 Response fund, grants will be rapidly released to equip partners to assist vulnerable populations around the world impacted by COVID-19, including racial/ethnic and indigenous communities in the United States."