Visiting those affected by Typhoon Yolanda

Nov
17

Just returning from 24 hours touring Estancia, one of the areas gravely affected by Typhoon Yolanda and my heart is breaking with the devastation I have seen and pain that has been shared interviewing people. 98% of the community has been affected and the long term implications are overwhelming.

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Relief packing to feed 30,000 affected by Typhoon Yolanda

Nov
14

Today has been one of high emotions as I had a challenging visit back to the Smokey Mountain Day Care which has been badly vandalized....but more about that later.  Last evening upon our return from the Women's Jubille gathering, volunteer workers had been busy preparing relief packages and the truck was half full.  By this afternoon, three large container trucks had begun the 10-hour drive to reach the affected area.The goal is to feed 30,000 people with packages designed for a family of five to last a week.

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Ecumenical Women's Jubilee day 3 MA BOO HI (long live!)

Nov
13

The collective energy of this group of women representing different faith and social action groups is very empowering.  We wrestled with the Biblical characters of Miriam and Deborah, their visions and struggles to be faithful leaders, recognizing that 88% of women in the Philippines come from the basic masses, meaning workers and farmers where every day is a struggle. Our discussions focussed upon what are the visions for this country, what are the struggles that we as women are experiencing and what are our victories as women?

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NCCP Ecumenical Women's Jubilee gathering

Nov
12

Today begins day two of the NCCP Ecumenical Women's Jubilee gathering, and I will bring greetings from the UCC and words of solidarity at this challenging time.

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Returning to the Philippines day 1-2

Nov
11

I was invited to participate in the Ecumenical Women's Jubilee 3-day celebration and the Jubilee Celebrations for the 50th year of ministry of the NCCP which just happen to be immediately following upon the heels of Super Typhoon Yvonne and left many of us wondering if I would travel safely.  GOD is GOOD and I have arrived after a 24 hour flight ...Montreal...Toronto...Tokyo and Manila, my final destination for the moment.

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What can we do to help our brothers and sisters - our global partners in the Philippines?

Apr
27

Thank you to all the ministry sites and presbyteries who have extended invitations for me to share my travels in person over the past year. There are official links between the United Church of Canada head office and numerous sectors in the Philippines but it is always a good thing to build grass-roots linkages as well.  
 
1.  A natural link might be for the "your" United Church to partner with a similar congregation with the United Church of Christ in the Philippines.

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