The Board of World Mission wishes to alert its constituent congregations of organizations that are mobilizing to help with the super typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines. Since the BWM does not have direct connections in the Philippines, it makes most sense to have you send your donations directly to those organizations that can make sure that your donations are being used as you would wish. Among our ecumenical partners, Lutheran Disaster Response is receiving donations designated for “Pacific Typhoon Response”. They will be used in their entirety (100%) to help families whose lives and livelihoods have been impacted by this disaster. You can donate on-line at: https://community.elca.org/pacifictyphoonresponse; or by mail or phone:Give by Mail: Lutheran Disaster Response 39330 Treasury Center Chicago, IL 60694-9300
Write ” Pacific Typhoon Response “on your check’s memo line. Credit card by phone: 800-638-3522 Another ecumenical partner, the Episcopal Relief and Development is also receiving donations for help in the Philippines. You can give on-line at: http://www.episcopalrelief.org/what-you-can-do/donate-now/individual-donation or mail donations made by check, designating its use in the Philippines to:Episcopal Relief & Development P.O. Box 7058 Merrifield, VA 22116-7058
Many of you have worked with Samaritan’s Purse. They are experienced as first-responders and already have a team on its way to help. You can learn more about their efforts and consider donating at: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/article/super-typhoone-haiyan-response/ Or donations can be mailed to:Philippines emergency relief Samaritan’s Purse P.O. Box 3000 Boone, NC 28607
Phone (828) 262-1980
The Red Cross is also active, as are many other organizations with which you may already be familiar. I am grateful for the generous and compassionate response of our members as we seek to be instruments of God’s grace in this world.