2013 Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Relief
Year: 8 November 2013
Where: Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Relief
What: Typhoon Haiyan was one of the most deadliest typhoon that hit the
Philippines in recent history, killing at least 6,300 people. The strong wind ripped iron roofs off buildings and threw trees across roads, cutting out power to entire provinces, particularly around the Eastern Samar province.
Purpose: We responded to Cathedral of Praise Cebu’s appeal for help, with swift
action and sent emergency funding to begin purchase supplies of clean water, food, cooking utensils, tents, blankets, water pumps etc. with the needed resources in hands, COP Cebu church members immediately visited Tacloban and Leyte churches to ensure pastors and church members were safe, at the same time reported damages and needs. Hong Kong was the first office to release a 20ft container of ricmeals to Leyte to distribute food to thousands of flood victims from Singapore. Followed closely by US office with 4 x 40 ft containers of food to the assigned areas to help the victims.
By 8th December the Hong Kong and the German FTH directors arrived Cebu to survey the damage caused by Haiyan, described by two co-workers as worst as 2004 Sumatra Tsunami as we walked across beaches and saw electric wiring posts, huge coconut trees fell down, collasped houses, torn up roofs, rubbish were everywhere.
We brought message of love to the churches in Cebu, Leyte and Bantanay, to encourage the believers and to pray with them. In this
trip we heard many testimonies of how God protected the members and kept them in safety. We were deeply touched by those that lost
everything yet they were so cheerful and trusting the Lord. We went away with promises that more help would come to help build
their homes and their churches. Other churches and bible colleges we helped were in Iloilo, by the time we visited Iloilo 3 months later, instead of recovering, we were helping to rebuild. Our principle never change – “pastor to pastor, church to church”, we want to ensure the Body of Christ is not suffering. When the Body could stand up, it could go out to help those that never heard of Jesus Christ. I think our service is very meaningful.