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Filipino Mennonites lose homes in typhoon


Mennonite Church Canada pledges money for relief efforts

September 30, 2009
-Deborah Froese

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Members of Integrated Mennonite Church (IMC) in the Philippines have lost homes in a September 26 typhoon, reports Mennonite Church Canada Witness worker Daniel Pantoja.

At the time of the storm, Pantoja was in Manila to meet with IMC leaders. In early reports he indicated that the storm and flooding affected areas where IMC churches are located, and the homes of several IMC church members have been completely destroyed.

Mennonite Bishop Edgardo Docuyaan was missing for two days, but has since been located. “Hallelujah!” Pantoja reported on his Facebook page. “They are well but their home was devastated.”

Currently, Pantoja and MC Canada ministry partner, Peacebuilders Community Inc., are involved in relief operations for a neighbourhood “where a small Mennonite community walks with the people.”

The storm hit the northernmost island of the Philippines where the capital city of Manila is located. Severe flooding and mudslides across the island have wreaked havoc, with over half a million people reportedly displaced. As of September 29, over 246 people were reported dead and over half a million people displaced in Metro Manila as a result of flooding.

Mennonite Church Canada is pledging $10,000 in assistance to the IMC in the Philippines. You are invited to participate in this relief effort by sending donations to:
MC Canada
600 Shaftesbury Blvd.
Winnipeg, MB R3P 0M4
designated for “Typhoon Ketsana.”

Donations received in excess of $10,000 will be used for ongoing MC Canada Witness ministry in the Philippines.