Fire Heavily Damages Church and Parsonage in Southern Philippines

Sep 9, 2016

Mindanao East District, Southern Philippines:  It has been a challenging week for the Mindanao East District.  On Monday, September 5th, a fire destroyed the Lupon Church of the Nazarene in Davao oriental.  This comes after the night market bombing in Davao City on September 2nd.

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Lupon Church Parsonage

Rev. Nicholas Cacho, District Superintendent, reported that the whole parsonage and the interior of the sanctuary were destroyed. The pastor and his family were away when the fire started. They were not able to save any of their belongings. Clothes, appliances, important documents, utensils; everything was destroyed by fire.

According to initial reports by the Bureau of Fire, the cause of the  fire was faulty electrical wiring.  Rev. Jessie Rosales, pastor of the church, and his wife, Whelma Rosales, are safe but traumatised by what happened.

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Lupon Church Sanctuary

The church members and other churches are helping with in-kind donations and cash to provide for the Rosales and to assist with the rebuilding of the parsonage and sanctuary.

Prayer Focus:

Please pray for the Rosales family as well as for the Lupon church family as they recover from this fire.

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Todd & Connie Lou Aebischer

Todd and Connie Lou Aebischer served as Regional Communications Coordinator - Regional NMI Coordinator respectively for over 4 years. They are now serving in Papua New Guinea under Mission Aviation Fellowship as Country Director / Program Director.

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