So far we have been able to send emergency funds to one ministry and five yearly meetings to help with needs created by the spread of COVID-19. One of those yearly meetings is the one called PEFIM in the Philippines. Their director, Pastor Crisanto de la Cruz, sent us the following report that shows how COVID-19 is affecting the yearly meeting as well as how the emergency funds are being used.
Pastor Cris writes…
“Our churches here in Metro Manila and Luzon area have ceased gathering for worship in our worship places for almost two months now. This directly affected 11 churches since the beginning of lockdown. Unfortunately, in the last two weeks our churches in the Visayas have also been ordered to stop gathering for worship. This affected another 7 churches. I am leading worship every Sunday via livestream for all our churches and members.
The Lord is really good and enabled us to bring His message to wider and more diverse audience through our livestream. I’ve been getting very encouraging response from our weekly audience from both members of churches belonging to PEFIM and others who have just heard the message watching us through Facebook.
But the fact that we cannot gather together for worship in our local churches meant that Tithes and Offering has effectively ceased for all our 18 churches. That includes our main church here in Pasig since we do not have the means to effect online giving. Needless to say, our Pastors have lost their significant source of income.
Since the beginning of the lockdown on March 14, PEFIM has provided, in two occasions, Emergency Financial Assistance to the pastors and workers of the first eleven churches that were directly affected. It also enabled us to extend financial assistance to nine stranded students and faculty staff from a Bible School in Samar.
Our churches, particularly Community of Hope Fellowship, Midtown (Mabuting Katiwala) Friends Church and Philippine Evangelical Friends Church, have provided and are continuing to provide financial and food assistance to our members and the poor and vulnerable in our respective communities. We endeavor to extend God’s love and the gospel of Jesus Christ through our practical service. We are exceedingly grateful to the Lord for His provisions in many ways and through EFM’s continued partnership with us.
With the funds you have sent us we are able to do a third batch of Emergency Financial Assistance for our pastors and leaders, this time for all 18 of our churches. The beneficiaries will also include a group of 13 laborers from Calbayog, Samar who has been stranded in Manila since the lockdown.
Our good Lord reward you for your generosity and care for our people.”
Your fellow servant in Christ,
Director Ejecutivo de EFM
- You can give online aquí. Please make sure to note that you would like your gift designated to the COVID-19 Emergency Aid.
- You can give by credit card over the phone at 303-421-8100
- You can mail a check marked with COVID-19 Emergency Aid designation to EFM, PO Box 771139, Wichita KS 67277.