Bishop Leeland Encourages Offering for Philippines Relief

November 14, 2013

Bishop Leeland Encourages Offering for Philippines Relief

In the Philippines, home to more than 210,000 United Methodists, countless numbers of people are suffering from the devastating results of Typhoon Haiyan, described as one of the most powerful hurricanes in history. Typhoon Haiyan caused extensive damage, destroying about 41,000 homes, displacing at least 670,000 people, and affecting a total of 11.3 million people. Thousands are feared dead. Without assistance, many more lives are in jeopardy.

United Methodists are already there, working to provide assistance through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

Bishop Paul Leeland is encouraging every church in the Alabama-West Florida Conference to take a special offering this weekend for UMCOR relief efforts. Please send these offerings to the Fiscal Office, 4719 Woodmere Boulevard, Montgomery, AL 36106. Please designate “Advance #982450” on the check. Bishops from the Philippines area were at the Council of Bishops meeting at Lake Junaluska earlier in the week before returning home. They communicated the dire need for help in their areas.

To download a bulletin insert from UMCOR, click here.

Individuals can also donate online by clicking here.

Please continue to be in prayer for all those impacted by this storm.