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Report from TAGAYTAY, Philippines 7:45 AM

Participants gather as they shelter in place to wait out Typhoon Rammasun, locally known as Glenda.
Photo by Jen Tyler

Youth and Young Adults from across the connection are safely sheltering in place in Tagaytay, Philippines during Typhoon Rammasun, locally known as Glenda.

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Reconnecting the Philippines: Tracking the progress

Inveneo’s Sam Perales conducts the Mobile Tools training in Cebu, Philippines, Dec. 17, 2013. UMNS photo by April Grace G. Mercado.

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. …

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Commentary: Sharing pain, hope, in typhoon’s wake

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

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Stop Hunger Now aids Typhoon Haiyan survivors

Using already established relationships has made it easier for Stop Hunger Now, a United Methodist-related hunger relief agency, to respond after Typhoon Haiyan.

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Typhoon Haiyan and the need for climate justice

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.”

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Church helps rebuild communications in Philippines

A United Methodist-led team has been taking communications relief to the Philippines this week, assessing needs and identifying ways to reconnect churches and communities after the recent typhoon. Typhoon Yolanda, known outside the Philippines as Haiyan, destroyed much of the communications infrastructure across a wide swath of the central Philippines when it hit Nov. 8.

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Bringing comfort to typhoon survivors in Philippines

When the United Methodist Committee on Relief delivered food packages Nov. 20 to six storm-ravaged communities in Dagami, the Philippines, it was the first substantial emergency relief aid there since Typhoon Haiyan struck nearly two weeks earlier. Linda Unger, a senior writer for the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, and Mike DuBose, a photographer for United Methodist Communications, were there to tell the story.

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UM pastor in Tacloban recalls typhoon ordeal

At a certain point after Typhoon Haiyan nearly destroyed the Philippines city of Tacloban, the Rev. Iris Picardeal-Perana was wondering if anyone cared. Picardeal-Perana, a United Methodist pastor who was thought to be missing for a brief time, recalled her ordeal via text message. Having been isolated in Tacloban City for five days after the Nov. 8 typhoon, she said she broke into tears when she felt nobody cared.

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Rev. Lilian Gallo Seagren talks with Filipino colleague

DES MOINES, Iowa (UMNS) — The Rev. Arthur McClanahan, communications director of the Iowa Annual (regional) Conference, writes that the Rev. Lilian Gallo Seagren, superintendent of the SouthEast District of the Iowa Conference, spoke with the superintendent of the Eastern Messiah district in the Philippines on Nov 13. Listen to that conversation.

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In U.S., Filipinos ready to aid typhoon survivors

Local media gathered for a Nov. 10 conference at Grace United Methodist Church in Long Beach, Calif. The church, whose ministries includes the Filipino Migrant Center, is working with the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns in southern California to raise funds for typhoon relief. UMNS Photo courtesy of Grace UMC.

For Aquilino (Pong) Javier Jr, the stark television images of people who had lost family and homes to Typhoon Haiyan , including “the parent who was cradling a dead child in his arms not knowing where to turn to for help,” made the 68-year-old Chicago area resident “jump out of the couch, as many did,” he said, “to do something.” As president of the National Association of Filipino American United Methodists, which represents about 48 local congregations, fellowships and communities, Javier is in a position to promote relief efforts for the Philippines.

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