November 8, 2013
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I have been monitoring news reports this morning as Super Typhoon Haiyan plowed across the central Philippines leaving widespread devastation in its wake. It is being reported that Haiyan may be the strongest tropical cyclone to hit land anywhere in recorded history with sustained winds of 195 mph, and gusts as strong as 235 mph.
According to news reports, at least three people were killed and seven hurt, and some 125,000 took refuge in evacuation centers and hundreds of flights were canceled. There is a strong possibility that many lives may be lost. Today, join me in lifting prayers for the people of the Philippines.
Pray, also, for the many of our brothers and sisters who have loved ones in the Philippines. In a few weeks, many will be gathering in San Jose for the Pasasalamat Centennial Celebration, an event celebrating the 100th year of Filipino Methodism in North America.
Our humanitarian relief and development agency, the United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR), is monitoring the developing situation. For this emergency, and others that arise, donations to UMCOR are channeled through The Advance. One-hundred percent of each donation goes directly to the disaster. Donations to International Disaster Response, Advance #982450, will be used to respond to this and similar emergencies.
To donate, click here.
Please keep the people of the Philippines and our staff at UMCOR Philippines in your prayers.
Grace and Peace,
Warner H. Brown, Jr.