Editor’s note: Since Typhoon Haiyan (known regionally as Yolanda) hit the Philippines Nov. 8, 2013, United Methodist Communications and its partners have been working to help restore communications in the disaster area. The Philippines is home to 216,326 professing members, 1,910 clergy and 1,444 congregations. United Methodist News Service is posting periodic reports on the progress and needs. Jan. …
Tag: Disaster Response
Amid the destruction of Typhoon Yolanda and the heartbreaking stories of suffering and hardship, I’ve seen the human spirit spring forth, ready to provide aid and relief in all forms, writes April Grace Mercado, a United Methodist Communications field representative in the Philippines
A November typhoon left part of the Philippines in ruins, reminiscent of the 2004 South Asian tsunami, while in the United States, tornado-prone Oklahoma witnessed the nation’s widest tornado on record and Colorado floodwaters cut off mountain towns for days.
In the wake of the disaster in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Haiyan, it is important for us to go beyond simple relief efforts, writes the Rev. Sharon Delgado, a United Methodist clergywoman and executive director of Earth Justice Ministries. “We must heed the warnings of climate scientists who point to present disasters and future dangers, including sea level rise and increasingly deadly storms linked to climate change.”