Dear Friends, We invite United Methodists to be in deep prayer for Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq as they are driven from their homes, some herded into isolated encampments where they face death by starvation and thirst. The armed forces of the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seem determined …
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As continuing violence has increased tensions across South Sudan, United Methodist congregations there are providing both haven and hope. An email from Sebit Issaac, the assistant district superintendent for Yei, to the denomination’s Holston Annual (regional) Conference in the United States, noted that five people had been baptized on New Year’s Day.
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.
Just as Shelly Kerker was about to leave the Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington, IL last Sunday, the pastors told the congregation and staff they needed to shelter-in-place immediately. An F4 tornado touched down close-by, tearing up at least 1,400 homes in the community.
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.
Bearing relief supplies and hope, seven United Methodist young adults in the Philippines traveled 255 kilometers over the weekend to reach Typhoon Haiyan survivors in Leyte. Abelardo Alviola, president of Visayas Phils Annual Conference United Methodist Youth Fellowship, led the team, which rode by bus from Negros Oriental to Cebu and then by boat to Leyte Saturday, a 12-hour journey. After that 12-hour journey, they trekked on foot to Ormoc.
Volunteers and staff of the United Methodist Committee on Relief loaded a cargo truck with bright yellow bags filled with relief goods this evening, and are now ready to begin a 26-hour trek to typhoon-stricken communities in the central Philippines.
One of the two United Methodist pastors in Tacloban, a city in the Philippines virtually destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan, is reportedly missing. Church members have not been able to locate the Rev. Iris Picardeal-Perana, her husband, Juneril, and their 2-year old son, said the Rev. David Cosmiano, district superintendent, in a Nov. 12 interview.