Concerned about the welfare of those affected by the super typhoon that hit the Philippines recently, the Church Administration of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) promptly sent aid to the affected provinces.
Tropical storm Odette (international name: Rai) made landfall in Surigao del Norte on December 16, 2021, before devastating 37 other Philippine provinces, six of which were later placed under a ‘state of calamity.’ With wind speeds at 195 kph, it destroyed houses and buildings, wiped out farms, toppled power lines. Based on the most recent situational report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), it has affected 870,334 families or 3,380,167 persons, 629,434 of which were displaced and, worse, left 326 individuals dead, 58 missing, and 661 more injured.
In Limasawa, two days after the onslaught of the Odette, relief packages from the Church reached the affected residents.
“All houses of brethren living at Limasawa Island were destroyed, while here at Burgos only a few were left,” said Brother Ramil Palomar, resident ministerial worker of the Local Congregation of Burgos and Limasawa Extension.
Thousands more of relief packages were distributed on December 21 in Visayan provinces, through the ecclesiastical districts of Leyte East and Cebu City, Cebu led by supervising ministers, Brothers Eraño Fabella and James Silva, respectively. Both Church Of Christ members and nonmembers received relief packages.
“We conduct this helping of our fellowmen in obedience to God’s command of loving by being compassionate to them, especially to those who are in dire need,” said Brother Alberto Tolentino, assistant district supervising minister of Leyte East. He added the conviction of Church officers there: “We will continue visiting and encouraging the brethren to stay hopeful so that, with God’s help, we will triumph over this great ordeal we just experienced.” — With reports from INC News Section