"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’" Matthew 25: 35-40 NIV
Devastation post-Typhoon Haiyan a.k.a.Yolanda can be seen, felt, and heard via horrific photos and saddening newscasts and articles. Thousands were left homeless and with only a small amount of life’s basic necessities. As the world’s eyes are opened to this tragic level of devastation, our hearts are also overwhelmed with compassion for the people.
The purpose of this fundraiser is to provide relief efforts towards the Camp Efraim Retreat Center and Church as well as the surrounding community in the Iloilo area of the Philippines. This area was severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
The results on the residents of the town was devastating. All 40 families who are members of the church are now homeless. Their houses made of light material were totally destroyed. They are in desperate need of the most basic food, clothing and shelter.
We realize that almost all Filipinos here in America have families and loved ones who are affected by this typhoon. Those should definitely take priority in our relief efforts.
We are also aware that there are hundreds of humanitarian agencies providing relief to the teeming masses of needy Filipinos. We do not discourage you from giving to them. But the tragic fact of the matter is that our donations, noble and worthy as they are, will only be a drop in the bucket. We will never know the specific persons who will be touched by our giving.
We offer you an alternative to your generosity. TheWell Church and LifeBridge Church will accept your tax deductible donations for Camp Efraim Church and Retreat.100% of your donation will go directly to the camp and to these families. No overhead expenses will be involved.
We thank you for donation, big or small, it is one step closer to recovery.