Mennonite Church Canada has wired $3,500 for flood relief in Thailand. Executive staff approved the emergency gift on Nov. 16.
Mennonite Church Canada workers Pat and Rad Houmphan, with the congregation of Living Water Church in Borabu, will use the money to assemble care packages for those who have been displaced by flooding.
Many densely populated parts of Thailand are experiencing the worst flooding in more than 50 years. Hardest hit are central Thailand and the capital city of Bangkok. While Borabu is located in the unaffected north-eastern part of the country, the congregation of Living Water Church was compelled to help those impacted by flooding, including some of their family and friends.
As of Nov. 21, news reports estimate that 20% of Thailand’s population is dealing with flood water and over 600people have died. Threats of disease in the midst of this humanitarian crisis are very real and the situation is worsened by an impending economic crisis as factories close.
While the authorized relief funds have already been wired to Thailand, Mennonite Church Canada is encouraging congregations toexpress care and compassion for the Living Water community of believers and their extended families in a tangible way.
Donations can be made online at www.mennonitechurch.ca/tiny/1672 designated to “Thailand Emergency Fund”. Alternatively, checks can be sent to Mennonite Church Canada, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3P 0M4, with “Bangkok Flood Relief” noted in the memo line.
--Nov 25, 2011