Please pray with us for all those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. It’s still impossible to know the full extent of the despair. The storm, perhaps the strongest in recorded history, leveled villages and left hundreds of thousands homeless. It’s difficult to get a grasp on just how big this storm was, but this map circulating from the Red Cross shows what it would look like had it landed over the US, which puts its size in perspective.
The scope of the destruction is hard for many to handle, however the president is now saying the number of casualties in the Philippines could be dramatically lower than earlier feared. Still, many are reeling from this storm, and recovery and relief will be ongoing.
Louisianians know too well the power of a natural disaster, as well as the power of compassion from strangers during a time of need. Locally, Capital One Bank is collecting donations for the New Orleans Filipino-American Lions Club Disaster Relief Fund.
Supplies are starting to get through to those who need them in some areas. Many national organizations are helping with relief efforts, too, including Samaritans Purse, Convoy of Hope, the Southern Baptist Convention, World Vision, the Salvation Army and the Red Cross.
Samaritan’s Purse has sent disaster relief specialists, including water and nutrition experts, to the Philippines to deliver immediate aid. They have launched the Philippines Emergency Relief fund for this disaster, which you can support online or by phone at 1-828-262-1980.
Convoy of Hope‘s Global Disaster Response Team has shipping containers full of food and supplies on the way to the Philippines. The organization is preparing more supplies to be sent like canned goods, hygiene kits and water filtration units. You can visit Convoy of Hope’s website to donate funds to their efforts or call 1-417-823-8998.
The Southern Baptist Convention is sending response teams to the area to address some immediate needs, support missionaries and partners, assess the situation on the ground and identify ways to be of help. Before this storm, Southern Baptists were already at work as IMB missionaries and their Filippino partners were positioning personnel and equipment and ministering to people in the island nation. Visit the Baptist Global Response website for information on donating and volunteering.
World Vision is responding in the Philippines by first providing emergency food and clean water. They will also work to create child-friendly spaces and help families rebuild from this disaster. They have launched a Philippines Disaster Response Fund that you can support online or by calling 1-888-511-6443.
The Salvation Army is on the ground serving storm survivors, primarily with food, water and shelter. Emergency Disaster Service teams have been providing help since the typhoon hit, but are challenged by the lack of accessible roads to transport goods and medical supplies. The non-profit has set up a designated fund for Haiyan relief efforts, which you can access here. You can also make a donation by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has deployed rescue and relief teams to evaluate the damage in the areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. You can donate to the Philippine Red Cross by selecting the Supertyphoon Yolanda campaign on their donation page. TheInternational Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies(IFRC) and Red Cross networks from around the world are supporting the Philippine Red Cross. Many have created specific funds for this disaster, including the American Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross and the British Red Cross.
Please join us in praying for God’s peace and provision for all those affected by this storm.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”
- Psalm 46:1-3
Prayer starter: “Holy One, you are our comfort and strength in times of sudden disaster, crisis, or chaos. Surround us now with your grace and peace through storm or earthquake, fire or flood. By your Spirit, lift up those who have fallen, sustain those who work to rescue or rebuild, and fill us with the hope of your new creation; through Jesus Christ, our rock and redeemer.”
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