Typhoon Haiyan response and relief
Posted on November 21, 2013 by VMMissions Staff
We are all aware of the enormity of need emerging from the rubble in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. How would God have each of us respond? Here are some pointers within the context of relationships that we have:
- Grace Mennonite Fellowship has for many years been closely connected with a Filipino couple, Larry and Ruth Vitor, living on the northern tip of Mindanao. Grace has helped Larry and his wife to establish several preschools, serving financially needy children in the community. While not in the direct path of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, buildings have been damaged. Larry is also deeply concerned for his mother and other family members who live in the areas most impacted. Up to the time of this notice, he has not able to establish contact. We can join friends at Grace Mennonite Fellowship who love Larry and are standing in prayer for him and his family. Donations to assist with unexpected expenses incurred by Larry can be received by Grace Mennonite Fellowship, 209 Lacey Spring Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22802 (designated for GMF Learning Centers).
- Dann and Joji Pantoja, working with Peacebuilders Community in Mindanao through Mennonite Church Canada Witness are among the early responders in Cebu. They are working in partnership with the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, as is the Integrated Mennonite Church of the Philippines. They bring to the task experience and skill in assessment and community organization. MCC is receiving donations, some of which will be channeled to PeaceBuilders, with the bulk of contributions channeled to Church World Service. Gifts can be given directly to MCC, designated for PeaceBuilders if desired. See more for details.
- Friends from the Integrated Mennonite Church of the Philippines report no impact to their churches, which are primarily in the north, in Manila and in Laguna. They are rallying to give as well, connecting with both Peacebuilders and the overall response of the Council of Evangelical Churches.
Can we join together in prayer, asking God’s spirit be present doing all the things that the Holy Spirit does: bringing comfort, pointing to Jesus, bringing order out of chaos, and beauty out of ashes.
Asia Regional Director