Church youth take shelter, pray for others, as typhoon hits Philippines

July 16, 2014

TAGAYTAY, Philippines (UMNS) - Youth and young adults from across the United Methodist connection were safely sheltered as of mid-morning in Tagaytay during Typhoon Rammasun, locally known as Glenda.  Organizers of the Global Young People's Convocation have moved the event to a venue called Island Cove near Manila, due to damages caused by Typhoon Rammasun at the venue in Tagaytay. California-Nevada Conference participants include Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr.; the Rev. Dr. Bener Agtarap, Conference Superintendent for Congregational Vitality; Emma Rhodes, Young Adult Delegate; Youth Delegates Emily Bennett, Marisa Bergman, and Chris Reed; and chaperone Emily Pickens Jones. Kelly Peterson, Director Camping and Young People's Ministry reports the following, "I've been in constant communication with both our delegates and my colleagues at GBOD. The eye of typhoon passed through the facility that the event was to take place. All are present and accounted for and they rode out the storm together in a general meeting area. There was substantial enough damage to the facility that they are moving the event to Island Cove closer to the main part of the city of Manila. The event will go on, prayers for all and to God be the glory." To read more, click here.