WSCF Global Solidarity Statement & Call for Prayer
WSCF Global has released a statement of solidarity with SCM Philippines and calls everyone to pray for the victims of flooding in the Philippines.
The World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) mourns the loss of lives, homes, and communities in the Philippines in recent weeks. The flooding caused by typhoon Gener in the third week of July and the more recent torrential monsoon rains Habagat has done immense damage and has forever changed the surviving communities in Metro Manilla and nearby regions.
The Student Christian Movement of the Philippines (SCMP) joined other students in forming a relief drive for the flood victims, TULONG KABATAAN, and have been focusing on affected communities and individuals who are not currently covered by the government’s ongoing relief and rescue operations in the larger Manilla area. As they continue their efforts, their work is to provide relief and services for those from Central Luzon and Southern provinces, the most affected regions during the typhoon, monsoon rains, and flooding.
The WSCF has offered an emergency grant for this effort and urges our members and friends to support the SCMP’s ongoing work. Anyone considering making a contribution may send it to the WSCF (details can be found in the full statement linked below) and we will transfer all monies received to the movement.
May the international community be in solidarity with the Philippines through prayers and advocacy. May the sharing of resources help revive hope and capacity within devastated communities. May the Philippine government and community leaders use relief resources with the highest level of integrity.
A prayer for the people of the Philippines
One: People have lost homes, personal possessions, places of worship, schools, public infrastructure.
Many: Help them rebuild.
One: People have no food, water, and shelter.
Many: Bring the basic necessities to those in need. Help communities and relief agencies work with speed and discernment; help aid to arrive on time.
One: People have lost loved ones.
Many: Help them to find the bodies for burial and closure; where this is not possible, help people find other ways to grieve. Bring healing and hope to those who have lost family members and friends.
One: People have lost a sense of security.
Many: Let people feel a sense of dignity restored as they find solutions for the future.
One: People have struggled with God.
Many: Let people know Your loving presence with them.
O God, we are overwhelmed in the presence of such loss and suffering. Make us instruments of assistance and comfort to one another, and especially to those who have lost much. Guide us all with your Holy Spirit. Comfort your people. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The full statement and possibilities of contribution for SCM Philippines can be found here.