An email I sent for distribution at my church, First Baptist DC, answering queries about typhoon relief contribution opportunities for fellow Baptists here in the USA after Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. Following the call for donations I’ve also included a gallery of ships run aground during the typhoon, a display of the fury of the storm.
You’ve probably seen the devastation the Philippines has suffered from Typhoon Haiyan. Thanks for your prayers and concern; my family is fine in Metro Manila, far north from the worst of the storm, but the damage in the Visayas is unprecedented and people need food, shelter, medical aid, and especially clean water. Many of you have asked how to help, so I’ve collected links to relief and aid organizations, both Baptist and otherwise, who have teams on site and are already in the thick of disaster response.
- Baptist World Alliance
- American Baptist Churches (through International Ministries)
- Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (North American Mission Board)
- Virginia Baptist Disaster Relief Services
- Feed The Children
- Catholic Relief Services
- Americares, OpUSA, and Red Cross through United Airlines (bonus miles and dollar-for-dollar matching offered for donations)
- Philippine Red Cross
- UN World Food Program USA
- Pacific Mission Aviation Ministries
Please keep in mind that certain kinds of donations actually place greater burdens on relief efforts and aid organizations, and the best and most efficient mode of help is still cash contributions. This Christianity Today article is instructive: How Churches Can Help Without Hurting After Super Typhoon Haiyan.
The Lord bless you all through Jesus Christ for your charity and love towards the stricken people of the Philippines!
Addendum: Fellow Ateneo alumni can contribute through the Ateneo Call for Donations, and if you’re in the Philippines in the area of the AdMU campus in QC, there is a round-the-clock need for volunteers to help pack relief goods.
And now a few pictures of ships that ran aground or were washed ashore by storm surge in the typhoon, some as far inland as a kilometer, showing just how powerful this storm was:
— Frédérique Geffard (@fgeffardAFP) November 11, 2013
— BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) November 11, 2013
Survivors walk by a large ship after it was washed ashore by strong waves caused by powerful Typhoon Yolanda in Ta http://t.co/NKxEjjclM0
— Tempo – Newspaper (@TempoPHL) November 11, 2013
— Pat Roa (@pm_roa) November 10, 2013
Ship was swept to Tacloban City. An aftermath of Yolanda's rage. pic.twitter.com/D2f3irNhk2
— Diane Sy (@iamdianesy) November 12, 2013