The Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ), led by the Executive Minister, on December 22, 2021 sent relief missions to bring much needed help in more provinces struck by Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai).
Brother Eduardo Manalo instructed Brother Glicerio P. Santos IV, the General Auditor of the Church, to supervise the continuing relief activity of the Church, which included providing relief packages for the urgent need of the affected residents.
“As what we could see, our fellowmen’s way of living has been made worse. Urgently, the Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, instructed us to go to the areas that have been the hardest hit. As soon as we got to know the scope, he approved the setup of various sites where the brethren unitedly prepared the relief packages,” said Brother Santos.
Ministers and Church officers from the ecclesiastical districts in the provinces of Cebu (Cebu City), Negros Occidental (Bacolod City), Agusan Del Norte, and Palawan helped out in distributing the relief packages in the compounds of designated houses of worship located in the said provinces.
The Church Administration also sent stress-debriefing teams to help ease the shock or distress felt by the residents due to the calamity.
Beneficiaries received not only relief packages but also financial assistance, especially for those whose houses were destroyed. One of them, Or Meneses, said, “This is a great help in building our house again.”
Flora Debulusan, another recipient, emotionally said, “I thank God for He has kept our whole family safe. With that, He can expect me to serve Him as long as I live. Thank you also, Brother Eduardo Manalo, for helping us get through this hardship.”
On the part of the Church members, the words of God continually taught to them during worship services served them well in the face of the calamity. “When the storm hit us, our roof gave up. The first thing that comes to mind was pray to God. We did ask for His help,” recounted Flodelita Sacayan, a Church member.
“It was my first time experiencing a storm that fierce,” said Claire Sullano. “We are in crisis but we remain united, to be of help to our fellowmen in need, bearing with them this great difficulty we are in.”
Also looking at the bright side, Danilo Ogayon, another Church member said about helping out in the Church’s outreach missions, “We are so happy having met with our fellow brethren from different local congregations.”
On the Church’s behalf, Brother Santos explained, “The brethren cannot afford to stop helping their fellowmen in need, for that is one of God’s commands written in the Bible.” — With reports from INC News Section