Aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
Less than one month after the devastating typhoon that hit the central Philippines, it is important that we continue to hold those broken communities in our prayers. One of the strongest typhoons in history, some experts are predicting death tolls to reach 10,000. The brief article below tells how the CBF has been responding to the many needs on the other side of the world.
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is deploying Eddy Ruble, CBF field personnel based in Malaysia, to help with assessments, planning and coordination of logistics in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
CBF also announced that it is sending $10,000 to Asia Pacific Baptist Aid (APBAid) to help meet the immediate needs of families affected by the storm. APBAid is the relief arm of the Baptist World Alliance’s Asia Pacific Baptist Fellowship. David Harding, CBF international disaster relief manager, said the $10,000 gift to APBAid will help provide food, drinking water, blankets and other immediate relief needs to typhoon victims.
“There are more than 10 million people impacted by Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines,” Harding said. “CBF is coming alongside APBAid to help it plan, direct and respond to immediate needs with a $10,000 USD grant to supply water, food and shelter. Beyond the immediate needs, there will be a long-term recovery and development effort as there has been in past responses in the region.
“The destruction is reminiscent of the tsunamis that hit Southeast Asia in 2004. CBF worked for six years with APBAid in response to that disaster, so we have a long track record of trust and commitment to effective and efficient work. This partnership will offer the hope and love we have in Christ for both recovery and development in a way that empowers people through local church congregations.”
CBF collaborates with partners in the region, including Conscience International and the Asia Pacific Baptist Fellowship of the Baptist World Alliance, and it has a long-standing relationship with APBAid.
“These are our friends. Our hearts are broken for all those who are affected by this devastating disaster,” said Jim Smith, CBF interim coordinator of Global Missions. “We want to help these loyal, loving friends of our Fellowship any way we can.”