Philippines Disaster… Again

10 Dec

Philippines Disaster… Again

The walls of this family’s home withstood the typhoon’s winds, but their roof and most of their few belongings were destroyed

Dear Friends,

It’s likely that you’ve heard about the destructive path of Typhoon Hagupit (locally called Ruby) as it raked across the Philippines just a few days ago—just over one year from when Superstorm Haiyan ravaged the island nation.

Late last winter I told you about Mahalit, a small fishing community that had been devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. Through our friend Pastor Lot, we helped rebuild the decimated fishing boat fleet in addition to helping rebuild damaged homes.

Hagupit was not as strong and a few miles farther north than Haiyan, however, and this time the village was more prepared. As a result, few if any boats were seriously damaged or washed out to sea. And, thankfully, no lives were lost in Mahalit.

But as you can see in the photos, the typhoon has impacted the lives of some of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Above, and below at left, is what’s left of the home of Pastor Lot’s parents, who are now living temporarily in his church. At center, below, the house of Sis. Jackelyn lies flattened behind her and her son; and to the right of that, Bro. Mario Dagala stands assessing what’s left of his little house. And more photos of damaged homes, crops and businesses keep coming in, many of people who are just barely recovered from last year’s typhoon.

By Friday I plan to send help to these families and others through gifts to the Disaster Relief Fund. If you’d like to join with us to help, please click the button below. 100% will go to where it’s needed most, and I hope to be traveling there early next year for followup. Also, please pray for their recovery.

Because of Him,

Jeff Trotter
Director, Disaster Relief Fund

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