Response to Australia's Fires

In the past weeks we have seen the fires raging in Australia and the damages caused by the earthquakes in Puerto Rico. The UCC issued an appeal for Puerto Rico . Given the limited resources of the country and the lack of support from the US government, the island will need outside assistance for recovery. We will partner with Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Puerto Rico on these efforts as we have done with Hurricane Maria. We sent $20,000 to assist with providing food, shelter and hygiene kits as well as other supplies for those displaced from their homes.

We have received inquiries about Australia and support for the fires. Here too we see tremendous loss. We have no partners in Australia and Australia is a country with resources. However, while we will not issue an appeal, we will respond through the international community when the opportunity arises.

We are also sending support to assist with the earthquakes and typhoon in the Philippines. While on a small scale, these disasters have caused challenges for the Philippines.

Please direct any questions regarding international disaster response to Karen Georgia at

We ask your continued prayers for affected communities in these and other places affected by disasters.  

Karen Georgia

Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia A. Thompson Associate General Minister for Wider Church Ministries and Operations Co-Executive for Global Ministries

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