Typhoon Sendong (Washi) wreaks devastation on Mindanao, Philippines
December 20, 2011
sends One Great Hour of Sharing emergency funds to United Church of
Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) in support of relief efforts to deliver
essential food, clean water and medicines.
Shared below is a message received from our UCCP partners:
Like a thief in the night, flash
flooding due to the heavy volume of rainfall brought by typhoon “Sendong”
(International codename: Washi) on Friday, December 17, 2011, claimed the lives
of hundreds of people in Visayas and Mindanao, particularly in the cities of
Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. Rising as high as 11 feet, the flood swamped houses
to the rooftops and drowned unprepared residents in communities including
Latest disaster update from the
Philippine National Red Cross website placed the death toll at over 900 from 8
heavily affected areas, with many still missing in the aftermath of the flood.
Initially, there are 5,844 families affected by the disaster, according
to a report from the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
“We need all the help we can get for
relief work,” said Bishop Melzar Labuntog of the UCCP Northwest Mindanao
Jurisdictional Area, lamenting that the disaster is the worst that they have
experienced in years. Local churches and conferences in disaster affected areas
are mobilizing disaster response machineries to conduct needs and capacity
assessments, organizing and relief operations despite meager resources.
“We enjoin all our church members in
fervent prayer to God for the victims of disaster in Visayas and Mindanao,”
implored UCCP General Secretary Bishop Reuel Norman Marigza. “Let us sow hope
amidst despair. The spirit of Christmas is more meaningfully expressed through
our generosity in giving help and comfort to those whose lives have become
bleak because this horrible experience.”
HOW YOU CAN HELP
1. Pray for the people and communities across the southern
Philippines impacted by flooding from Typhoon Sendong (Washi).
2. To assist people impacted by this disaster, please make a
gift payable to your congregation marked for “Philippines Typhoon Sendong
Relief” with the request they be sent
through your Conference office on to Wider Church Ministries.
Send gifts, made out to United Church of Christ and marked in
the memo portion “Philippines Typhoon Sendong Relief” to
United Church of Christ; Financial Services;
700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.
Make a secure
online donation to the International Disaster Relief fund. Please note “Philippines
Typhoon Sendong Relief” in the Comments Box.
Thank you for your compassion and support.