The North Cotabato province in the Philippines has been in a state of emergency due to a 7-month drought caused by El Nino. Hunger drove more than 5000 to gather in a peaceful demonstration asking for food assistance from the Philippine government. Their plea for food ended in tragedy as violence broke out on April 1st at the hands of the police. 4000 indigenous people and farmers continue to seek refuge at Spotswood Methodist Mission Center.
The gift of the connection.
As United Methodist we have responded to the violence against the Lumads and farmers in many powerful ways.
The Spotswood Methodist Mission Center of the Davao Episcopal Area of the UMC continues to provide refuge.
We have lifted our voice through prophetic pastoral letters from leaders in the Philippines and leaders in the United States.
Many of our Filipino brothers and sisters have called for peace and enacted vigils of solidarity.
The CAL-PAC Taskforce Philippines is organizing a Global Day of Action for Food Justice on April 8th. Anyone is invited to join them in fasting for justice and donations are being accepted for those who are still seeking refuge.
Click here for Pastoral Letters from The Davo Episcopal Area Phillippines Central Conference and CAL- PAC Taskforce, respoce from Global Ministries, Order of Worship used for vigils, and flyer for Global Day of Action for Food Justice.