AN APPEAL FOR SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS OF TYPHOON YOLANDA
14th November 2013
Friends in Christ,
in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans
we are deeply touched by words of concern and strengthened by prayers that some
of you had already sent.
Yolanda (with international name
“Haiyan”) has left the central part of the Philippines a trail of
death and destruction. Six provinces sustained serious damage, and
as reported by both local and international media, the dead count has reached
thousands, and damage to property has amounted to billions of pesos.
of data has been very difficult because regular means of communication have
been seriously damaged. Sketchy messages started to come in only a
few days ago. We have attached the partial verified data from IFI church
workers (sources from both clergy and laypeople), and this, too, provides the horrible
condition of the communities.
national coordinating group for relief, the Task Force on Emergency Relief (TFER),
has decided to focus our efforts in the Panay area (provinces of Iloilo,
Antique, Aklan, Capiz) and northern Cebu. TFER has been coordinating directly with diocesan leaders and also with those
this situation of suffering, we appeal for your loving support and prayers.
Please send your contributions to:
Philippine Independent Church Dollar Account 4984-0023-14 Swift Code BOPIPHMM Bank of the Philippine Islands Branch Code 498, Padre Faura
As in past occasions, we appeal that we can join hands
again in responding to the least of our neighbors, whose present life and death
situation, urgently needs our response.
Shalom to everyone.
† Bishop Joselito T. Cruz General Secretary Convenor, IFI-Task Force on Emergency Relief