Friday, November 15, 2013

Typhoon Response

In any Disaster, about the time you see video footage, you and Bethany Church are there. Through our Denomination and Church World Service Partners, what we have already given allows them to start the work that is needed.

United Church of Christ Response
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 The UCC sent $15,000 in grants immediately, funded by One Great Hour of Sharing, to theACT Alliance and the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) on Friday. Another $15,000 was sent to the ACT Alliance this week, and $20,000 will be issued to Church World Service on Thursday to assist relief efforts.  
The United Church of Christ has issued an appeal to raise 250,000. The money raised with this $250,000 appeal will assist in the long-term recovery, likely to last several years. Since the UCC communicated the need for additional assistance, almost $40,000 in three days has been contributed to the fund for Typhoon Haiyan.
The money will fund early response and recovery work of the UCCP, ACT Alliance and CWS to provide provisioning supplies, emergency shelter items, drinking water and money.
"Global Ministries is blessed to have a long and strong partnership with the United Church of Christ in the Philippines," said the Rev. James Moos, executive minister of the UCC's Wider Church Ministries. "One of our shared values is presence - manifesting God's love by living in intentional, committed relationships. Walking together in this time of tragedy is a manifestation of our mutual values."

Church World Service CWS RESPONSE:
CWS is supporting early response and recovery efforts of fellow members of the ACT Alliance that have significant operations in the Philippines. These partners include the United Methodist Committee on Relief, Lutheran World Relief, Christian Aid and the National Council of Churches in the Philippines.

CWS-supported efforts include providing immediate assistance to more than 200,000 persons. Initial response efforts include providing emergency food to 259,000 persons; non-food items (plastic sheeting, etc) to 192,000; water/sanitation repair to 205,000. As well, programs of cash for work for 63,400; shelter assistance for 90,000 people; and disaster risk reduction programs for 2,500.
Among the food items to be distributed include rice, canned goods, dried beans. Non-food items include plastic sheeting, blankets, and water containers.

ACT members intend to target subsistence farmers, small fishermen, poor urban dwellers and female-headed households among the most-affected by the typhoon, as they have very limited capacity, finances and resources of their own to recover from the recent disaster.

In addition, CWS is providing technical support to members of the Philippines Disaster Response and Recovery Network, known as PDRRN.

The total amount being sought for the entire CWS-supported ACT effort, plus CWS technical support to PDRRN, is $15,418,584. Each of the ACT members has a separate budget; among the largest direct cost items in most of the budgets are for food, shelter and water, hygiene and sanitation items
 How you can help:
1. Pray for the people impacted by Typhoon Haiyan, UCC partner organizations active in response efforts, and all humanitarian workers.

2. To assist people in recovering from this disaster, please make a gift payable to Bethany office on to Wider Church Ministries. Church marked for "Typhoon Haiyan". We will send it on with others through our Conference

OR   Send gifts, made out to United Church of Christ and marked in the memo portion "Typhoon Haiyan" to United Church of Christ; Financial Services; 700 Prospect Avenue,Cleveland, OH 44115.

OR   Make a secure online donation to the International Disaster Relief fund. Please note "Typhoon Haiyan" in the Comments Box. Go HERE.

OR   Contribute to support Church World Service, CWS, emergency response efforts. These may be mailed to Church World Service, Attn.Typhoon Haiyan (#700-M), P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.

OR  Contribute online to Church World Service by going HERE.

Thank you for your compassion and support.

For more information go to: 
Wider Church Ministries, United Church of Christ 
700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland OH 44115 
1-866-822-8224 EXT. 3210 or 3215