Last week, October 1 & 2, to be more precise, the members of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo) were instructed to take part in the Administration’s latest campaign, the Worldwide Aid to Humanity. This was supposed to be offerings to be used to help our fellow man who may be in need especially in times of disasters and catastrophe. I kept silent about it last week lest I be accused of telling my fellow members of telling them NOT TO OFFER. So one week later, what is the result? Will anyone see the great “response of the brethren”? After all, we are being told that the Church is “more solid than ever”. So let us examine this today.
If the Church is truly “united” and everyone responded, there would be Millions of Dollars, Pounds and Pesos flowing. After all, we have never had a “Worldwide Aid to Humanity” before where the purpose was never even mentioned.
Let us assume that “everyone” participated, there would be no need for an immediate follow up or repeat, correct? So let us say the “Administration” will not have another similar announcement anytime soon. (Hopefully)
Now, the question is, who will “feel” the outcome? There are plenty of those in need right now. Let us take some examples, and remember they don’t need to be members of the Church of Christ for us to extend our help to them:
- On June 23, 2016, a flood hit areas of the U.S. state of West Virginia and nearby parts of Virginia, resulting in 23 deaths. The flooding was the result of 8 to 10 inches (200 to 250 mm) of rain falling over a period of 12 hours, resulting in a flood tied for seventh among Deadliest floods in West Virginia history. It is also the deadliest flash flood event in the United States since the 2010 Tennessee floods.
- In June 2016, parts of the United Kingdom were struck by flash floods. Thunderstorms caused intense rainfall in many locations across the country, in the north of England and in London wreaking havoc and damaging many homes
- July 30, 2016. Flooding occurred in the Baltimore Maryland area that affected low-lying areas
- In August 14, 2016, about 70,000 people or 15,665 families were affected by the monsoon rains in the Philippines.
- In August 2016, prolonged rainfall in southern parts of the U.S. state of Louisiana resulted in catastrophic flooding that submerged thousands of houses and businesses.
- April 16, 673 people died in Ecuador from the 7.8 earthquake
- August 24, 298 people died in Italy and an entire town basically disappeared from the 6.2 earthquake.
So the question is, where was the Aid to Humanity in those places? The Church council themselves have said that the Church is not bankrupt, right? And this recent campaign, there would be quite a response, so will we see any results anytime soon?
I bring this up because as I watch the news, the hurricane Matthew is barreling down in Haiti, Cuba and the Caribbean. Next is Miami Florida and going all the way up the East Coast of the United States. Will the Administration send millions of dollars in relief, not only to the brethren whose houses may be damaged, but to our fellow men who needs relief.
Haiti is the poorest country in the northern hemisphere. It is still recovering from the 2010 earthquake. Where is the Aid? Louisiana was hit by the major floods. Where was the gigantic check to help those uprooted?
Members of the Church of Christ have given to the Aid to Humanity fund for years now. We would like to see:
- Transparency of these funds – where it is going
- Results of the aid.
Please don’t tell us it is used to give rice to the needy in the Philippines. We know full well that whenever there is “Lingap” or Aid to Humanity outreach and sacks of rice are given out, those were donated by the wealthy brethren. The Ministers come knocking on their doors to ask for the donation. So obviously, the cash was not used for these events. Where is it?
Here is the challenge for the Council. After this disaster in the East Coast, we would like to know what will be donated.
Or will this be used as jet fuel for the next “Pastoral Visit”?
We are standing by.
“Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?” James 2:15-16