Millions of people are suffering from the devastating results of Typhoon Haiyan, which swept through the Philippines on Nov. 8, packing winds of almost 200 miles per hour, displacing more than 600,000 people, and leaving many without access to food, water, or medicine. So far, more than 2,300 deaths have been confirmed.
“I am shocked and overwhelmed by the scale of devastation in the Philippines,” Bishop Bruce R. Ough says. “The Psalmist’s words echo in my mind and penetrate my soul: ‘Hear my prayer, Lord! Listen closely to my cry for help! Please do not ignore my tears!’ (Psalm 39:12a CEB).” United Methodists are among those providing emergency supplies. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) approved a $97,000 emergency grant that will provide food, water, and water purification tablets to 7,500 individuals (or 1,500 families) in one of the areas hit hardest by the typhoon. But help in the form of donations is desperately needed for the ongoing recovery efforts.
“We are days away from our national day of Thanksgiving,” says Bishop Ough. “Most of us have been blessed many times over. I encourage you to give expression to your blessings from God by listening deeply, praying fervently, and responding generously to the cries for help from our Filipino sisters and brothers. Please, do not ignore their tears!”
Three ways you can help:
1. Contribute to International Disaster Response, Advance #982450.
2. Use an already prepared bulletin insert to let your congregation know how to help.
3. Pray for those affected by the storm.
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