Urgent appeal to assist an Iowa clergy member's son

Urgent appeal to assist an Iowa clergy member's son

March 26, 2021

Update:
Online donations have closed but check contributions can be sent to The Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church, 2301 Rittenhouse Street, Des Moines, IA, 50321. Please indicate “Fabros Health Fund” in the memo line. Monetary donations to individuals are not tax-deductible.


Dear Iowa United Methodists,
 
The Iowa Conference of The United Methodist recently sent a letter to Iowa clergy concerning Rev. Olivia Fabros. She is a pastor in Iowa of the Lacey, Beacon, and Eddyville United Methodist Churches and originally from the Philippines.
 
She recently learned that her son, Siegfried, was diagnosed with a serious heart ailment requiring immediate attention. Iowa clergy have graciously donated over $13,000 so far, and we are so grateful for their care.
 
Health care in the Philippines is not like health care in the United States. The expenses for Siegfried's procedure are estimated at 1.5 million pesos, approximately $31,000. Pre-payment for the procedure is required, and every day the procedure is delayed, Siegfried's health declines dramatically. 
 
Pastor Olivia wrote, "My son is due for heart surgery as soon as possible. His heart is inflamed and not functioning well. Blood goes to the lungs, which causes high blood and respiratory problems. The cost of the operation is 1.5 million pesos. I tried to face it on my own, but I just can't remedy it. Delay of operation could cost his life. I would appreciate whatever amount you can help me. Thank you." 
  
Siegfried, 32, was once a church musician at United Methodist churches in the Philippines. He was recently a cook on a cruise ship; however, he has been unemployed with the cruise line industry shut-down. 
 
We can raise the amount, but the timeline is so urgent and tight. Please find it in your heart to give to this life-saving plea for help.  
 
Friends, this is an unusual and unique request; yet we invite you into prayer for the Fabros family and to consider a financial offering. Funds will be collected through the Iowa Conference Treasurer's Office and wired to the Philippines for his procedure. 
 
Please donate your offerings here
 
Blessings,
Rev. Dr. Heecheon Jeon, Central District Superintendent
Rev. Dr. Harlan Gillespie, Assistant to the Bishop