Some of our churches and families of our students at Oro Bible College have suffered the loss of loved ones, homes and personal property. Below are excerpts from an e-mail Asia Pacific Area Director Rev. Clio Thomas received from Dr. Nely Gamayon, Director of Oro Bible College on Sunday, December 18, 2011.
"Greetings in the most precious name of Jesus Christ. As of Dec. 18, 2011, in Iligan city, Christ Glory Church and some of its members are affected, and former Bishop Eleazar Comajig and the New Life Church in Iligan are also affected. Both churches in Iligan were flooded, so the equipment, furniture, computers and everything inside the church were flooded.
"In Cagayan de Oro there are 346 dead already as of Dec. 18, 413 still missing and more than 3,000 families affected. The Maranatha church has some members affected also. They need clothing, and help for food. Their houses are still full of mud and they cannot clean it because the whole city has no water. The fire trucks are going around the city on schedule rationing water. Refilling stations are running short of water supply.
"At OBC, we have the families of our students who are affected. We housed them at the dorm. They lost everything to the flood. They also need clothing, beddings and food. I have a brother who lost his house to the flood, too. The water came into their house at 2:00 a.m. When his wife woke up and stepped on the floor, she found that the water was already knee deep. When she stood up to open the door, water rushed in and carried her up to the wall. Thank God she and my brother were still able to get out of the house and run to the neighbor's roof. Their neighbor's house was a two-floor building. Until today, they could not go back and clean their house because there is no water. They were not able to save anything from the house.
"Sir, if ACGC would like to send help, you can send it through the OBC account. Thank you very much for your prayers. The churches and the families affected really need help at this time."
ACGC has released $5,000 as an immediate response to this request for help. This appeal is for our Advent Christian families in the Philippines. You are asked to add to this initial response by sending a contribution, designating if for "Philippines Typhoon." Please make your checks payable to "Advent Christian General Conference." 100% of your designated gift will be forwarded on to those overseeing the recovery efforts in the Philippines.
For more info write Ron Thomas: firstname.lastname@example.org