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Faith in Action

Faith in Action

Wednesday, April 14, 2010



Rev. Felipe Ruiz, District Superintendent in the area most affected by the recent series of earthquakes and aftershocks in the Mexicali area has sent me his description of the damage to the area and the following summary of the needs that he found on a trip this past Sunday to the church nearest the epicenter:

“I invite you to pray and join our efforts to help our brothers (and sisters) in faith, who in addition to our prayers need food, bottled water, toilet paper, feminine napkins, items of personal care, candy to bring a little joy to the children, more blankets, tents and later on, rebuilding of some homes. But above all, they need our most fervent demonstrations of love.”

When you hear news reports of aftershocks shaking Southern California, remember that the big quake and those that follow are centered in Mexico. It is almost like the news reports are suggesting that the shocks that we are feeling don’t take place south of the border. In fact, that is where the main damage has been done. In fact, even the smallest aftershocks appear as terrifying events to those who went through the “big one” on Easter Sunday, sending them running into the street in fear. Many are afraid to go back into their homes or places of business. In Mexico, this has been, and continues to be, a terrible and traumatic event.

The UM Joint Commission is the Cal-Pac Advance Special that handles this sort of assistance to the Methodist Church of Mexico. Any of the things above are needed now, and will be for the near future. On behalf of the Joint Commission/Hands Across the Border, I would like to ask that your church pray this coming Sunday for our brothers and sisters in Mexico and I would also ask that you begin to collect some of the requested items. Please call me and let me know what you are doing. I will arrange to have the items picked up and taken to Mexico.

Donations should be sent to:

Joint Commission
c/o Rev. James F. Oliver
13340 Del Monte, 4D
Seal Beach, CA 90740-4556

Please be sure to note on your check that it is for “Earthquake Relief”

Please remember, too, that we are always happy to have the opportunity to address your church or church group and share information about the work of the United Methodist Church south of the border.
Just give me a call.

Thank you in advance for your prayers and support.


Murray Hawkins, President
U.M. Joint Commission for Church Extension/Hands Across the Border