The United Methodist Church has lived up to UMCOR's challenge: Be There. Be Hope. When the powerful Nov. 8 typhoon struck the Philippines, The United Methodist Church was already there. Through its field office, UMCOR - Philippines was able to begin its response immediately. United Methodists are among those early responders providing emergency supplies while assessing damages from the storm.
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The Philippines is an established Bridges mission partner with the North Georgia Conference, and a Bridges Mission Trip was already scheduled from Jan 26 to Feb 4. The trip is still open to volunteers.
Northwest District Superintendent Herzen Andone, was in touch with Bishop Juan of the Philippines after the storm to express both our sorrow at the loss of life and our willingness to help. Juan is one of several active and retired bishops from the Philippines attending the council of bishops meeting in Lake Junaluska this week. All were traveling before the super storm struck their country.
"We did have an agenda planned out for that trip, but it may change depending on the needs of our partners in the wake of the storm," said Andone. "I let Bishop Juan know that we are available to help in whatever capacity we're needed at that time."
Individuals and churches are encouraged to participate in and share the following opportunities to "Be There. Be Hope." in the Philippines:
To be a part of the Philippines Bridge Work Team Jan. 26-Feb. 4, contact coordinators Herzen Andone at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kenny Ott at email@example.com.
Please engage your congregations in prayer. There is great strength in the connection of The United Methodist Church.
Give through any North Georgia Conference United Methodist Church. Place checks made out to your local church in the offering plate and note: The Philippines Disaster Response in the memo line. Your church will then mail one check to the North Georgia Conference. Fund number 8430 has been set for those wishing to give to disaster response efforts to the Philippines.
As you can imagine Disaster Relief Supplies become critical during times like this as the inventory held in the UMCOR Depots are shipped to meet the immediate needs of the survivors in the affected areas. UMCOR relief kits and cleaning buckets are needed. Your church can collect and assemble relief kits, which are distributed through the UMCOR Depot, Sager Brown in Louisiana. Instructions for the various kits can be found at www.umcor.org.
Keep up to date on the response efforts at the North Georgia Conference website, Facebook and Twitter feeds and through www.UMCOR.org, and www.umcconnections.org. Read these news stories from United Methodist News Service and the North Georgia Conference: