ACTION PLANS FOR TYPHOON VICTIMS
November 14, 2013 at 3:00 PM (THU)
The Wesleyan Church District Office, Lawaan, Cebu
Dear Prayer Partners,
Two of us with the district superintendent of Visayan District, Rev. Willie Basister, just arrived after a short visit to the island of Leyte. The place where our pastors and members experienced slight typhoon damage: most of the electric posts tumbled down and some roofing of the public multipurpose building was blown away by the strong wind. The outlet connecting Tacloban City and Cebu islands just opened yesterday and that made the boat filled with passengers coming out from that place. The whole Leyte Province has no electricity because the source of current was destroyed by the typhoon. This is one of the reasons why our pastors and members on this island could not communicate to us.
Thank God for the opportunity to visit them and that we could ride in, coming back to Cebu after lining up with people twice to avail a space on the boat. While on boat, I was praying of what to do upon hearing these passengers’ experience, which resulted in pain and sorrow because of lost lives and properties. When we arrived in the district office, we sat down with Rev. Basister and the president of the Wesleyan Bible College, Dr. Mamerto Acosta, to make action plans. We agreed on the following:
Thanks so much and more blessings to you.
Alberto D. Patacsil
Asia Area Director Romy and Linda Caringal received the following update from Dr. Alberto Patacsil, general superintendent of The Wesleyan Church of the Philippines, regarding the effects of Typhoon Haiyan on Wesleyans. This is what is currently known:
Romy and Linda also added that the roof of the Visayan Bible College in Cebu is damaged. Two Wesleyan churches in the Bicol region were used as evacuations centers, and the church in Guinobatan became a refuge for the community. The Legaspi Wesleyan Church is now the distribution center for goods and relief in their area.
Please continue to pray for the people of the Philippines. Also pray for The Wesleyan Church of the Philippines as they reach out with compassion, support, and relief—all in the name of Jesus.
The Wesleyan Emergency Relief Fund of North America will assist The Wesleyan Church of the Philippines with their relief efforts. You can help by giving online at http://www.wesleyan.org/735/emergency-relief-fund-donate. To give by check, make it payable to The Wesleyan Church and in the memo line indicate “Emergency Relief- Philippines Typhoon.” Mail your check to: Attention General Treasurer’s Office, The Wesleyan Church, P.O. Box 50434, Indianapolis, IN 46250.
On October 10, 2013, Global Partners was honored to have Rev. Atef, the district superintendent of the Wesleyan Standard Church of Egypt, speak to Indiana Central District pastors at The Wesleyan Church's world headquarters in Fishers, Indiana. Rev. Atef reported:
With the revolution in the last two years and persecution of Christians, God has given Egyptian Christians a new vision for His people. God has started a powerful movement that will not be stopped.
Eighty-four Egyptian churches have been burned. Praise God that no Wesleyan churches are included in this number. The church is called to be holy in practice, not only in talk. One of the church's greatest pictures of love has been demonstrated by young Christians who have posted signs on burnt churches that say: "My brothers, you may have burned my church, but my Jesus teaches me how to love you."
At least two things have come about through the uprising and persecution: Egyptian Christians are praying and regardless of their denominational backgrounds and beliefs, they have come together in unity. In the midst of the revolution, people from all churches (an estimated 70,000 people) met for a 24-hour prayer rally. Since Egyptian Christians have come together in unity, more than 1 million people have converted to Christianity. The Lord among us is victory!
God maintains our spiritual life in the midst of turmoil. A persecuted church is a praying church; a praying church is a blessed church. During hardship, worship God, pray, and look to the promises of the Bible. As Christians, we have no enemy except the Devil.