NRB members have sprung into action and into prayer following the landfall of Super Typhoon Haiyan in Vietnam and the Philippines.
In the Philippines, where the typhoon hit hardest, some 600,000 people are displaced and more than 2,300 are dead – with the death toll expected to rise, perhaps significantly.
“It is very heartbreaking what is happening to my country caused by this super typhoon,” reported Leonardo Perez, a TWR Philippines staff member. “In Tacloban City [on the Philippine island of Leyte], according to the news, almost all households are victims. I am very concerned especially about the situation of children. In the news, they are wet and chilled.”
After the storm – one of the most powerful ever recorded – slammed into the Philippines early Friday morning, relief groups immediately deployed disaster response specialists, including water and nutrition experts, to the region.
“The damage is extensive. Some areas the whole cities are missing or very badly damaged,” said Patrick Seger, team leader for Samaritan’s Purse’s response. “Many areas hardest hit are without electricity, without water, they are without food. These people are really struggling at this point and need everything.”
Also on the ground serving the immediate needs of survivors are The Salvation Army and World Vision, as well as the local branches of a number of ministries, which are also ministering in the Philippines in the midst of the devastation and loss. FEBC radio stations in the Philippines, furthermore, have initiated “First Response” broadcasts, airing critical information directing people to where they can find clean water, shelter, food, and emergency services.
FEBC has also sent a small, mobile team into affected areas to distribute more than 1,000 portable, wind-up radios to survivors so they can hear life-saving instructions.
While there are a number of NRB member organizations working to provide relief in the Philippines, the following are instructions from a few on how you can pray and help:
To donate, visit: https://give.cru.org/0783920?CampaignCode=82BEE5
Prayer Request: “Please join me in asking God to bring speedy relief to Filipinos without food, water, or shelter in towns, cities, and fishing villages, some of which have been flattened by the storm.” – EE President Dr. John Sorensen
To donate, visit: https://donate.febc.org/checkout/donation?eid=25629
The Salvation Army
To donate, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Donations of $10 can also be made via mobile phone by texting “TYPHOON” to 80888 and replying “YES.” Check donations to Salvation Army World Service Office (designate “Typhoon Haiyan”) can be mailed to:
Salvation Army World Service Office
International Relief Fund
P.O. Box 418558
Boston, MA 02241-8558
In-kind donations are not being accepted.
Prayer Request: Please pray for the people affected by the storm and for our partners and staff as we respond.
To donate, visit: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/article/super-typhoone-haiyan-response/
PHOTO ABOVE: Courtesy of Samaritan's Purse.
Published: November 14, 2013