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November 2014 - The Philippines have been pounded by Typhoon Haiyan (called Yolanda in the Philippines). Early estimates of 10,000 people dead were revised to about 2,500, and yet again now more than 4,000. Without dispute, the need is massive.  

 

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More than 4 million people have been impacted by the storm.  The Philippines includes over 7,000 islands, making it difficult to know the full extent of damage. Access is challenging. The greater concern will soon be infection and disease, because of standing water, downed power and communications, and a broken sanitation system.  What about the shortage of food and water and medical supplies, too?  

 

What can we do? As of this writing, Tuesday, November 12, 2013, Pure Works SoCal is sending an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team, Jonathan Graves and Brandon Lindauer and others; "Team Pure Works SoCal!" The team will meet in LA the week of November 17, then fly to Manila. They will work together with Philippines Council of Evangelical Churchs and their relief arm, Philippine Relief and Development Services (PCEC & PHILRADS).

 

    

Additionally, MAP International is donating medicine to be shipped air-freight Monday, November 17th. The list of medicine will be available for viewing at this page in the next few days; the wholesale value more than a half-million dollars.

 

What can you do? Please give as you did last year and as is noted below in 2009 the resources needed for relief aid, medicine, and the logistic costs of the team.

 

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Note: MAP International has supported the medicine for these relief efforts.

 

This is a direct report from from our mission partner, Bishop Ef Tendero of Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches on Friday, October 16, 2009 Philippines time.

001Dear Friends and Ministry Partners:

 
Disasters, despite their appalling effects on people, bring out the best in them, especially in God’s people. This is clearly shown in the current series of calamities (brought about by typhoons “Ondoy” and “Pepeng”) where churches and individual believers spontaneously acted to help other people. They set up emergency relief operations within their neighborhoods or go to places where the need is most critical. People reacted instantly, maybe because the scene of devastation is much closer to home, unlike before when calamities seemed distant. Our churches have also put into action their mandate to minister holistically.

004I was in Cagayan de Oro City last October 9 to speak at the 25th anniversary of Evangelism Explosion. I also shared the situation of people hit by the winds and raging waters. Among the first who responded to my call were two young, seven-year old twins. They had been saving money for their bikes, but upon realizing what happened to the flood victims, they decided to give up their dream rides and give the money to relief instead.

003At PCEC/PHILRADS and i HELP we too are doing our best to help those in need, with God’s guidance and provision. We have served almost 10,000 families with emergency assistance consisting mainly of food and clothing, in 20 communities in Metro Manila, Rizal, Laguna and Bulacan. We are also facilitating the relief distribution of our ministry partners, from here and abroad, ensuring that their goods go to the most needy. We likewise processed the release, from customs, of the donated supplies and medicines worth about 12 million pesos. In the next few weeks, we are targeting to provide another 10,000 families with food and other help as well as medical intervention and trauma counseling, in identified depressed communities in Metro Manila and adjacent provinces. Some of these communities are still flooded.

005We are also directing our efforts to northern Luzon provinces hit by “Pepeng” and the subsequent flooding. The situation there is no less critical. With your partnership, we will do greater intervention in the next few days.

All these are possible because of your help. You can help the people some more. Many still need emergency food aid, plus clothing, blankets and other household items. We are also looking into rehabilitation projects that would help them recover and improve their situation in the long run. You can send your donations to the Evangelical Center at 62 Molave St., Project 3, Quezon City, or deposit to PHILRADS: BDO Anonas-Kamias Branch, Peso SA No. 3980000251, or USD SA No. 3980032226. For further inquiries, you may call PCEC/PHILRADS at (632) 9136615 or (632) 9131655.

006Thank you very much for your partnership. As Matthew 5:16 says, “…In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” We pray that you will continue to find joy in doing good deeds to help people in need for the glory of God.
 
 
 
God bless and keep you always.
 
 
 
Your co-laborer in Christ,
 
 
 
BISHOP EFRAIM M. TENDERO, D.D.
 
National Director, Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches
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