Dear Friends and Ministry Partners:
Disasters, despite their appalling effects on people, bring out the best in them, especially in God’s people. This is clearly shown in the current series of calamities (brought about by typhoons “Ondoy” and “Pepeng”) where churches and individual believers spontaneously acted to help other people. They set up emergency relief operations within their neighborhoods or go to places where the need is most critical. People reacted instantly, maybe because the scene of devastation is much closer to home, unlike before when calamities seemed distant. Our churches have also put into action their mandate to minister holistically.
I was in Cagayan de Oro City last October 9 to speak at the 25th anniversary of Evangelism Explosion. I also shared the situation of people hit by the winds and raging waters. Among the first who responded to my call were two young, seven-year old twins. They had been saving money for their bikes, but upon realizing what happened to the flood victims, they decided to give up their dream rides and give the money to relief instead.
Brgy Evacuation Center, Sta Cruz, Pasig City
At PCEC/PHILRADS and i HELP we too are doing our best to help those in need, with God’s guidance and provision. We have served almost 10,000 families with emergency assistance consisting mainly of food and clothing, in 20 communities in Metro Manila, Rizal, Laguna and Bulacan. We are also facilitating the relief distribution of our ministry partners, from here and abroad, ensuring that their goods go to the most needy. We likewise processed the release, from customs, of the donated supplies and medicines worth about 12 million pesos. In the next few weeks, we are targeting to provide another 10,000 families with food and other help as well as medical intervention and trauma counseling, in identified depressed communities in Metro Manila and adjacent provinces. Some of these communities are still flooded.
Crossing flood water
We are also directing our efforts to northern Luzon provinces hit by “Pepeng” and the subsequent flooding. The situation there is no less critical. With your partnership, we will do greater intervention in the next few days.
Relief distribution, Nangka, Marikina
All these are possible because of your help. You can help the people some more. Many still need emergency food aid, plus clothing, blankets and other household items. We are also looking into rehabilitation projects that would help them recover and improve their situation in the long run. You can send your donations to the Evangelical Center at 62 Molave St., Project 3, Quezon City, or deposit to PHILRADS: BDO Anonas-Kamias Branch, Peso SA No. 3980000251, or USD SA No. 3980032226. For further inquiries, you may call PCEC/PHILRADS at (632) 9136615 or (632) 9131655.
Flood victims line up to claim relief goods
Thank you very much for your partnership. As Matthew 5:16 says, “…In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” We pray that you will continue to find joy in doing good deeds to help people in need for the glory of God.
God bless and keep you always.
Your co-laborer in Christ, BISHOP EFRAIM M. TENDERO, D.D.
National Director, Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches