In the Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan destroyed homes, farms, communities, and livelihoods in November 2013. Immediately after the storm, Mission & Service partner the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) began working with affected communities to meet emergency needs for shelter, food, and water.

UCCP leaders were also planning long term for how the church could work with community members to rebuild better homes, re-establish communities, and restore people’s livelihoods. Much of this years-long work has begun.

Losing their boats meant fishers could not earn a living or provide daily food for their families. With the support of the people of The United Church of Canada through Mission & Service and through extra support through the emergency appeal, UCCP has been able to replace some of those fishing boats, restoring hope to many communities.

In farming communities, UCCP has introduced a new variety of rice that requires less fresh water and responds well to traditional and readily available fertilizers. In other communities, UCCP is lighting the way with micro solar power units that can provide enough energy for basic household lighting.

We sing thanksgiving for Mission & Service partner the United Church of Christ in the Philippines and its work that supports rebuilding lives.

If Mission & Service is already a regular part of your giving, thank you so much! If you have not given for Mission & Service, please join me in making Mission & Service a regular part of your life of faith. In all our Mission & Service giving, with a willing heart, we sing thanksgiving to God!

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