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Press Release: North Korea Flood Relief


Press Release


Contact: We Chang
Tel. 617.993.3174
Date: 11/14/2016

North Korea Flood Relief
The Peace Committee of the Korean Association of the United Methodists plans to
deliver relief items on November, 29, 2016

  • A Historic Flood hits Northern parts of the North Korea

Heavy flooding between the end of August and the beginning of September, 2016 hit the northern part of the North Korea with 138 death, over 400 missing persons, and more than 140,000 people displaced. More than 30,000 buildings including schools and homes were destroyed and more than 600,000 people are affected and in need of urgent assistance as the region enters the season of winter with bitter cold that can reach minus 30 degree Celsius.

  • Relief

The Peace Committee has been providing humanitarian assistance to the people of North Korea for the last twenty years through donations shared by Korean United Methodists and their churches in America. The committee is working the North Korean government $100,000 worth of relief items including 10,000 winter blankets, 1000 sleeping bags, 1000 children’s winter coat, and 12 ton of rice.   Bishop Hee Soo Jung, the President of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church and Rev. James Jongho Kim First United Methodist Church of Flushing (a senior advisor of the Peace Committee), NY will oversee the transfer of these items at the norther boarder of Nam Yang, North Korea on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

  • Ongoing Relief Assistance

The Peace Committee plans to work with the United Methodist Committee on Relief and the Korean United Methodist Churches in providing the second relief assistance in the first half of the year 2017 as the relief and rebuilding work is expected to take longer than a year.  For individuals and churches who would like to participate in this relief campaign, please use the below contact information for questions and donations.

Rev. We Hyun Chang, the chair of the Peace Committee   Tel. 617-993-3174

Rev. James Jongho Kim, the senior pastor, the First UMC, Flushing, NY  Tel. 718-939-8599

For donations
Please write check to “NAKAUMC” - Flood Relief

Rev. Tong Soo Han
4550 N. Carefree Circle, Colorado Springs, CO 80917