A large portion of the Philippines has been devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan. Our brothers and sisters are suffering and struggling to survive. Response is needed now!
Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, made landfall in the Philippines on the east coast and traveled over eastern, central and western Visayas, Bicol, and southern Tagalog. The typhoon carried high speed winds and torrential rain, which caused massive flash flooding and landslides. The city of Tacloban suffered the most significant fatalities with estimates of casualties topping 10,000. Across the country, more than 600,000 people were displaced by the storm and some have no access to food, water, or medicine, according to the United Nations. Our United Methodist Committee on Relief is responding. Please join in this effort. Bulletin Insert here. Video to share at Sunday worship here.
The devastation in The Philippines is overwhelming. As I speak with colleague United Methodist Bishops who serve in Philippines and hear their stories, I assure them of the support and generosity of United Methodist people.
Thank you for your prayers and your gifts through International Disaster Response, Advance #982450 (and click on Typhoon Haiyan in the sub-designation area) for this great emergency.
You are wonderfully generous. Thank you for inviting and receiving offerings, for pointing people to the UMCOR website, and for prayers for the people of The Philippines.
With gratitude for your ministry to all people,
Hope Morgan Ward
Please see a response from our Filipino bishops as they give God thanks for your generosity.
To give online now, please follow this link and click on Disaster Response, International (#982450): Typhoon Haiyan (sub-designation) You can also text the word UMCOR to 80888 to give an immediate $10 donation.
Additionally, you can make donation in your local United Methodist church offering:
On your offering envelop or check, please designate: Typhoon Response, International (#982450)
100% of your offering will go to for Typhoon Haiyan response and relief.