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Special Offering for Phillipines Disaster

posted Nov 13, 2013, 3:43 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Nov 22, 2013, 1:24 PM ]
The next two week(Nov 17 & Nov 24) we will be receiving a special offering in response to the recent disaster in the Philippines.  Special UMCOR offering envelopes will be available. Let us continue to pray for the people in the Philippines.  Below is today's press release.

UMCOR Mobilizes Disaster Response in Philippines

November 10, 2013—In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is actively mobilizing resources to respond to this latest and largest in a series of disasters to hit the Philippines over the past twelve months.

Although an accurate casualty toll is yet to be determined, it is clear that the destruction and disruption of lives due to Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, is massive. Haiyan crashed into the Philippines on Friday, November 8.

UMCOR Assistant General Secretary for International Disaster Response Rev. Jack Amick and UMCOR Philippines Head of Mission Ciony Eduarte worked together to develop an appropriate and strategic response. UMCOR is making plans to fill the gaps in the disaster-relief delivery network and go where the need is greatest. “Our goal,” said Eduarte “will be to reach the yet unreached with supplies that meet their basic needs.”

The initial response from UMCOR will involve the distribution of food and water purification tablets. UMCOR expects to provide relief services to at least 1,000 families. In the coming weeks, UMCOR will begin to assess the viability of longer-term rehabilitation projects.

“This was an extremely destructive storm,” noted Amick, “and UMCOR is well-positioned through its office in the Philippines to play a significant role in long-term recovery efforts. “

The General Board of Global Ministries, of which UMCOR is a part, has confirmed that all of its missionaries in the Philippines are safe.

UMCOR Deputy General Secretary Rev. Denise Honeycutt spoke by telephone this morning with the three bishops of the Philippines, who are participating in the Council of Bishops meeting in Junaluska, North Carolina.

She assured the bishops of continuing prayers while resources are mobilized to assist those impacted by the storm. “UMCOR will be with you as you care for those in your country who have suffered so much,” Honeycutt told them in a written follow-up to the conversation