Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) strikes the Philippines Dec. 7, 2014
(CNN) -- A massive typhoon crept across central Philippines, sending thousands of people into shelters and pouring heavy rain that heightened the risk of flooding and landslides.
June 2014 Riders on the storm—Typhoon Haiyan recovery
PDA has received more than $2.5 million to aid in recovery after Haiyan and is committed to working with the UCCP to "build the church’s capacity to be there” after disasters. Young Adult Volunteer Duncan Kirk was among those unexpectedly involved in typhoon recovery.
March 2014 San Francisco Theological Seminary has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Silliman University Divinity School in the Philippines to facilitate the promotion of common areas of interest between the two educational institutions, including faculty and student exchanges, the sharing of resources, and research collaboration. Read more
Nov 2013 “Tragedy must not deter us from our Christian calling” - learn how World Mission is helping those left devastated by the typhoon that hit in early November.
Nov 2013 Webinar updates Presbyterians on Philippines disaster response
Assessment of needs continues; best help right now is cash, Filipino church leaders say
Listen (below) to an update on the Philippines, a webinar from November 20, 2013, which was hosted by Neal Presa, Moderator of the 220th General Assembly (2012). The webinar’s panelists included Bishop Reuel Marigza, General Secretary of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines; Laurie Kraus, Coordinator of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance; Dessa and Cobbie Palm, mission coworkers serving in the Philippines; Mienda Uriarte, World Mission Area Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific; and Bruce Reyes-Chow, writer, blogger and moderator of the 218th General Assembly (2008).
“Breaking the bonds of poverty.” Dessa Palm gives a keynote address at Dallas II.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) initiated mission work in the Philippines in 1899, followed by other U.S. mainline denominational missionaries. During the first 50 years each mission group worked independently, building churches, schools, hospitals and social service centers. Then in 1948 the Protestant denominations in the Philippines came together to form the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP).
Through mission personnel, Young Adult Volunteers and in partnership with the UCCP, the PC(USA) is involved in theological education and leadership development, evangelism and new church development, social service and development, young adult and women ministries, justice and peace, security and reconciliation.
The mission priorities of the PC(USA) in the Philippines are:
- Leadership formation of the youth and young adults of its partner church
- Leadership development of pastors and lay leaders
- Ministries to abused women and children
- Social and economic development
- Peace, justice and reconciliation and Christian-Muslim dialogue
Philippines Partner Churches and Organizations
United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP)
UCCP Disaster Bulletin Alert:
AEROBIC RICE: BREAKING NEW GROUNDS IN VISAYAS
SOLAR LIGHT TECHNOLOGY HAS COME TO POOR VILLAGES
UCCP DISTRIBUTES PIGLETS IN ANTIQUE
MORE FISHING BOATS DISTRIBUTED IN LEYTE, ANTIQUE
CROP Drop-in Center, a prostitute rescue program
National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP)
Philippine Christian University
Southern Christian College
Union Christian College
Northern Christian College
Philippines Mission Network
The digital Philippines Mission Network is among more than 40 networks that connect Presbyterians who share a common mission interest. Most participants are involved in mission partnerships through congregations, presbyteries or synods. Network members come together to coordinate efforts, share best practices and develop strategies.
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