Bulletin Insert for Worship Gatherings
Typhoon Haiyan caused extensive damage, destroying about 41,000 homes, displacing at least 670,000 people, and affecting a total of 11.3 million people. United Methodists are encouraged to download and share this church bulletin insert to support UMCOR’s emergency relief efforts in the Philippines.
Here are some of the realities faced by our brothers and sisters in devastated areas:
Church members of the United Methodist Churches in Leyte were affected by Super typhoon Yolanda (local name for Typhoon Haiyan). DS David Dacaya Cosmiano shared that at least 60 family members of our local churches in Leyte are displaced. Ninety-eight 98% of all structures in Leyte have been destroyed by the typhoon. DS Cosmiano added that he received reports that several church members died in the storm surge. The local governments are fearing more than 10,000 people died in the flooding. Basic services like water, electricity and medical services are still down in the area. Phone lines are still down making communications difficult. DS Cosmiano has not been able to contact his son, Dzey-ahr Cosmiano, for several days now.
In Western Visayas, food and water are becoming scarce. The livelihood and crops were severely damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda. At least five local churches in Aklan were affected. DS Roy Tibalbag is on the field right now to assess the extent of the damage. The Philippines has been placed in a National State of Calamity by President Aquino due to the economic effect of the Super Typhoon.
Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters affected by the typhoon.
Please respond through our United Methodist Committee on Relief. UMCOR. Click sub-designation area for Typhoon Haiyan donation.