The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the humanitarian   relief and development arm of the United Methodist Church (UMC).          According to the Book of Discipline 2016, it exists to assist United         Methodists and churches to become involved globally in direct ministry to persons in need through programs of relief, rehabilitation, and service, including issues of displaced  persons, hunger and poverty, disaster response and disaster risk reduction; and to assist organizations, institutions, and programs related to annual conferences and other units of the UMC in their involvement in direct service to such persons in need. UMCOR  personnel are often first in and last out of major disaster areas.