BY JENN KILLPACK, Integrated Communications
When super typhoon Megi ripped the Philippines on October 18, 2010, it affected three congregations and villages in the Isabela province: Simimbaan, Damsite, and Tumauini.
Another congregation, in Zaragosa, suffered damage when leaders released excess dam water.
Workers packed more than 334 bags of rice, canned food, noodles, coffee, sugar, candles, and matches for delivery to the most-affected families for immediate relief. Many local congregations helped pack and deliver supplies. Two World Service Corps volunteers and two local nurses also helped.
The church had provided $2,100 in Oblation aid through mid-November. The generosity of members from all over the world blessed these communities. The church also is thankful for the work Outreach International is doing further afield. Long-term help will be done in a participatory way, using Outreach Philippines-trained workers.
Because of the generous support of Oblation Fund contributors, Community of Christ has been able to respond as a worldwide church to needs in the Philippines. Those wishing to help can give through regular offering envelopes or online at www.CofChrist.org/give. Thank you for offering continued prayers and giving generously.