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Mennonite Church Canada supports flood relief in Bangkok


November 25, 2011
-Deborah Froese

Winnipeg, MAN. — On November 16, 2011, Mennonite Church Canada Executive Staff approved a proposal to send $3500 for flood relief in Thailand.  Funds were wired immediately.

Mennonite Church Canada workers Pat and Rad Houmphan, with the congregation of Living Water Church in Borabu, will use the money to assemble care packages for those who have been displaced by flooding. 

Many densely populated parts of Thailand are experiencing the worst flooding in more than 50 years. Hardest hit are central Thailand and the capital city of Bangkok. While Borabu is located in the unaffected north-eastern part of the country, the congregation of Living Water Church was compelled to help those impacted by flooding, including some of their family and friends.

As of Nov. 21, news reports estimate that 20% of Thailand’s population is dealing with flood water and over 600 people have died.  Threats of disease in the midst of this humanitarian crisis are very real and the situation is worsened by an impending economic crisis as factories close.

While the authorized relief funds have already been wired to Thailand, Mennonite Church Canada is encouraging  congregations to express care and compassion for the Living Water community of believers and their extended families in a tangible way.  Donations can be made online at designated to “Thailand Emergency Fund”. Alternatively, checks can be sent to:

Mennonite Church Canada
600 Shaftesbury Blvd.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3P 0M4

with “Bangkok Flood Relief” noted in the memo line.