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Support for The Philippines

Supporting the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in The Philippines 

In recent days we have all seen the photos and video of the devastating and wide-ranging effects of Super Typhoon Haiyan on the people of The Philippines. It is difficult to imagine the effects of a storm so huge and how responders will provide relief and assistance to the millions of people in desperate need of care. However, that is what we do as Christians, and we all have a part to play.

I encourage our congregations to share with members the opportunities for generous giving to assist in relief to the people in that country. Please consider a special offering over the next two Sundays, November 17 and November 24, to support the efforts of Episcopal Relief & Development in partnership with the Episcopal Church of The Philippines.

The Episcopal Church in the Philippines is currently mobilizing volunteers, particularly youth, to collect and distribute relief supplies such as food, water and other necessities. Church buildings that were not heavily damaged by Haiyan are being used as centers of operation. These activities are part of a larger ecumenical effort being coordinated by the National Council of Churches in the Philippines.

Matching Challenge: Donations to the The Philippines Disaster Relief Fund made between now and December 6 will be matched 1:1 with a donation to ER&D’s Global Needs Fund. Giving now is a great way to double your impact. Learn More…

Below you will find links for online donations, bulletin inserts, updates from ER&D, and prayers.

Donation link for individuals (encourage members to add their church information so ER&D can track total donations from your congregation.)

A prayer from the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori for the people of the Philippines:

O God our help in time of trouble, we pray for the Filipino people who have suffered this grievous natural disaster. We pray that survivors may find water, food, and shelter, and news of their missing loved ones. There is trauma and destruction in many places, and little news from some of the areas hardest hit. Give peace and confidence, O Lord, to those in the midst of the whirlwind. Open hearts and hands around the world to respond sacrificially to the urgent need. Help us to remember that we are connected, one to another, the living to the dead, the comfortable to the suffering, the peaceful to the worried and anxious. Motivate us to change our hearts, for our misuse and pollution of the earth you have given us to share has something to do with this disaster.  Show us your suffering Son in the midst of this Calvary, that we might love one another as he has loved us.  In your holy name we pray.  Amen.

Faithfully,
Bishop Steve
The Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane
Bishop of Maine

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