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New UMC.org feature offers full coverage of delegation visit to Asia

 


New UMC.org feature offers full coverage of delegation visit to Asia

Jan. 14, 2005

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — On Jan. 14, UMC.org, the official Web site of the United Methodist Church, launched a new online feature package offering immediate reports from a delegation of mission and communication leaders who recently arrived in Indonesia.

The delegation, which is visiting both northern and southern Sumatra, including the cities of Medan and Banda Aceh, took 100,000 doses of antibiotics and anti-diarrhea medicine for use in the recovery.

Accessible from UMC.org’s home page, the Indonesia delegation feature includes print, photo and video reports provided by a team of reporters from United Methodist Communications. The Rev. Larry Hollon, head of UMCom, is also sharing his personal accounts of the trip through his Weblog as part of the reporting.

Following the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia on Dec. 26, leaders from UMCom, United Methodist Committee on Relief and the Board of Global Ministries quickly responded by offering www.MethodistRelief.org, an online giving opportunity supporting UMCOR’s tsunami relief effort. Links to MethodistRelief.org, all leadership resources supporting the denomination’s relief efforts and United Methodist News Service are included as part of UMC.org’s Indonesia delegation feature package.

In addition to Hollon, the delegation includes Bishop Joel N. Martinez of San Antonio, president of the mission board; the Rev. Randy R. Day, chief executive of the denomination’s Board of Global Ministries; Kyung Za Yim, a director and president of the Women’s Division; the Rev. Paul Dirdak, director of UMCOR; the Rev. David Wu, an Asian specialist with the mission agency; the Rev. Henry Leono, a pastor in Willingboro, N.J., who is a native of Indonesia; Linda Bloom, a reporter with United Methodist News Service; and Mike DuBose, a photographer with United Methodist Communications.

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