PHILIPPINES DISASTER RELIEF
Letter from President Steve Falkiner: November 13, 2013
As you are probably aware, the Philippines was hit by a Super Typhoon on November 7. Foursquare disaster relief is already on the ground. In order to combine compassion, witness and accountability, the strategy is to primarily work through our Philippine Foursquare family and to partner with larger organizations.
Please pray for the Philippines and for the many Philippinos in our Canadian family who know people affected by this disaster. To donate to relief efforts please direct your funds to the National Office marked “Philippines Relief.” We will then transfer the funds to Foursquare Disaster Relief. Canadian churches cannot legally give directly to the U.S. and individuals who do cannot be issued tax receipts. FGCC has a funding agreement with the U.S. church and this is the only legal way to send the funds.
Some people are asking about matching government funds. This is the CEDA program and does not apply to us. We have looked into this in the past and they will only match funds given to their approved projects. Church relief does not qualify.
The following message was forwarded from Foursquare Missions International yesterday:
Foursquare Disaster Relief's Chad Isenhart arrived in Manila just hours ago to assess the damage in the Philippines following Super Typhoon Haiyan, which ripped through the area on Nov. 7. The U.S. Foursquare Church is being asked to make a donation so Foursquare can continue to respond in the Philippines. Chad is working with Philippines National Leader Val Chaves to assess the greatest needs in the area, and to see how the U.S. Foursquare Church can provide relief in the coming weeks.
Chad reports that he is headed to the city of Tacloban, which has 45 Foursquare churches. The city was at the center of the typhoon; Chad estimates that 90 percent of Foursquare churches there have been destroyed, and church members have passed away.
The Foursquare Church has more than 1,900 churches, 2,400 workers, eight Bible colleges and one missionary family in the Philippines. To date, Foursquare Disaster Relief and Foursquare Missions International have been able to make contact with very few churches to confirm their safety. Roads are "totally impassible to many places," says Chad, adding, "it is very hard currently to find routes to our Foursquare locations."
The Foursquare Church is encouraging the Foursquare family to pray for our Disaster Relief team, and to give generously so the team can respond well.
For ongoing information please see: http://www.foursquare.org/disaster_relief
Grace and peace,