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  • NSIEAB 8:32 PM on 01/26/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Strong storms continue to cause damage and disasters in parts of Brazil 

    Southeastern Brazil is slowly recovering from the worst catastrophe in its history, which hit especially hard cities located in Rio de Janeiro State’s central mountains. The Diocese of Rio de Janeiro reports that more than 20,000 people have been displaced, and the death toll has risen to more than 800 people.  More than 500 people are still missing.

    Unusually strong rainstorms are now hitting Southern Brazil, especially in the State of Santa Catarina. There, more than 20,000 people have temporarily moved from their houses due to flooding.  To date, 5 people have died,  and 162 people have been wounded.

    Since the beginning of this crisis, messages of support have been sent by several Bishops and Archbishops throughout the Anglican Communion. The Archbishop of Canterbury was one of the first to contact IEAB’s Primate, The Most Rev. Maurício Andrade, and the Bishop of Rio de Janeiro, The Rt. Rev. Filadelfo Oliveira. On Jan 14th, Ms. Sally Keeble, the director of the Anglican Alliance,  reached IEAB’s offices and offered necessary help in dealing with the then-rising crisis.  A few days later, the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, The Rt. Rev. Neil Alexander, opened a much needed account for online donations, which can be accessed here.

    Other messages of support came in the following days. The Most Reverend Roger Herft, Archbishop of Perth, in Western Australia, contacted Bishop Maurício to assure him that Brazilians were in his prayers. He noted that Australia, too, is facing similar disasters, “with floods affecting our eastern seaboard and recent severe bushfires affecting Western Australia.” The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, The Most. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, also sent a message of support on Jan 20th. She offered prayers for the victims affected and for their safe resettlement, and reminded us of the need to have “reverence for this fragile earth, our island home.” Bishop Filadelfo, of Rio de Janeiro, confirmed that, upon request, Episcopal Relief and Development is donating US$ 5,000.00 to help with relief efforts in Rio de Janeiro.

    The Rev. Olav Fyske Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, also expressed his body’s concern about such natural disaster. The WCC offered “encouragement to the local and national authorities who are working along with Brazilian churches and international organizations such as the Action by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance in their efforts to alleviate the suffering of the people, bring support to the most vulnerable and rebuild this part of the country.”

    IEAB thanks all who have been praying and giving to help those who are in need. There is still much work to be done, and despite Brazil’s current economic growth, social inequalities are still abundant in this country. If you still wish to help financially, there are several ways to do so. Other than the Diocese of Atlanta’s account, it is possible to make direct deposits to the following accounts:

    A Brazilian account set up by the Anglican Diocese of Rio de Janeiro and ready to receive deposits (including wire transfers from abroad):

    Banco Bradesco
    Agency: 3176-3
    Account: 433594-5

    IEAB’s International account.

    Citibank, NY
153
    East 53rd Street/ 16th Floor
    New York, NY 100432
    Holder: Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil
    Account: 10213501
    Swift Code: CITIUS33

    If you send through any of these, please send a message to sec.geral@ieab.org.br and darj@ieab.org.br so your donation can be acknowledged. Also, if you want to help with relief efforts in Southern Brazil, please send such funds to IEAB’s International (Citibank) account and contact us through the aforementioned e-mails. We will make sure the funds are sent to the dioceses affected.

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    The Rev. Canon Francisco de Assis da Silva

    Bishop-Elect of Southwestern Brazil

     
  • NSIEAB 8:28 PM on 01/14/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    IEAB in solidarity with vicitms of flooding diaster in SE Brazil 

    As you all can see in the news, unusually heavy rain has been falling in Southeastern Brazil for days. The mountains in the countryside of Rio de Janeiro State have been affected by the worst rainstorms in their history. In cities such as Teresópolis, Petrópolis and Nova Friburgo, hundreds of people have instantly died due to mudslides that caused entire hills to collapse. It is by far considered the worst catastrophe in Brazilian history.

    The area is served by two Anglican communities, plus an Anglican school, and it is time we unite to them and try to help all affected families. The Diocese of Rio de Janeiro is raising funds and donations through its Diocesan Offices and asking all to dedicate this 3rd Sunday after Epiphany to praying and helping all victims.

    The Rt. Rev. Filadelfo Oliveira, Bishop of Rio de Janeiro, has issued an appeal to all who can contribute with donations and prayers.

    Peace and goodwill to all.

    “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Mt. 25:35.

    As we see the tragedy that has affected the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro State, we cannot help but be in shock with the numbers of victims, and concerned with the lack of care for the environment that increases weather related catastrophes and natural disasters.

    On behalf of the Diocese of Rio de Janeiro, I am asking all friends abroad to help us raise funds which are needed to help our brothers and sisters who have lost their relatives, friends and houses. Remember, this is also part of the Christian Mission.

    In Christ’s Love

    +Filadelfo

    Here are some ways to help the victims affected by such disasters.

    This Brazilian account was set up by the Anglican Diocese of Rio de Janeiro and is ready to receive deposits (including wire transfers from abroad):

    Banco Bradesco
    Agency: 3176-3
    Account: 433594-5

    Alternatively, donations can also be sent to IEAB’s International account.

    Citibank, NY
    153 East 53rd Street/ 16th Floor
    New York, NY 100432
    Holder: Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil
    Account: 10213501
    Swift Code: CITIUS33

    Please send us a message to sec.geral@ieab.org.br and darj@ieab.org.br so we can acknowledge your donation.

    Finally, the Anglican Communion Office has published a collect, composed by the Primate of Australia & Archbishop of Brisbane: the Most Revd Phillip Aspinall. Please join us in prayer by saying it.

    Great God, whose love for us knows no bounds, we pray for all those who are affected by floods: comfort all who grieve for loved ones lost; strengthen those who face destruction of homes, memories and livelihoods; encourage and sustain all who bring relief and assistance. Fill our hearts with compassion and generosity for all in need. As we face our greatest fears, may we know the assurance of your presence with us and hold fast to the promise of new life beyond all adversity. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit: one God, now and for ever. Amen.

    -

    Luiz Coelho

    Communications WG Member

     
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