Great Financial Need After Typhoon Haiyan

The following was adapted from a recent communication by Roland Lumawag, Regional Coordinator for the APAC Region of The Christian and Missionary Alliance Churches of the Philippines (CAMACOP).

Philippines: ECHO team first on the ground in rural Leyte province

The past few days the CAMACOP leadership team was divided into groups to visit the affected areas for further relief operation and rehabilitation among our Alliance families.

Here are some initial developments of the ministry:

Bishop Dalino’s team went to Hilongos, Leyte. The team is using this area as their base of operations to the neighboring affected areas. They already distributed 250 bags of relief supplies for Palo, Leyte, through Pastor Arnold Rosales. The team will also help rebuild the damaged churches of Palo, Kananga, and Ormoc. The amount needed for these three churches to be functional is about $3,800.00.

The team is now starting to construct the church in Kananga, Leyte, in addition to distributing relief goods. After this, the team will rebuild the church in Ormoc and then the Palo church. According to Bishop, “Things in the area are expensive; a gallon of gasoline is about $16.”

Another team is assigned in the NEGPAS District. The following is a report of the aftermath:

  • 3 churches are totally damaged and 2 churches are partially damaged.
  • 1 parsonage is totally damaged and 1 is partially damaged.
  • 1 school building is totally damaged.
  • 48 houses of church members are totally damaged.
  • 117 houses of church members are partially damaged.

According to the team leader, it will initially cost $34,000 to rebuild these buildings.

Thank you once again for praying continually and for your financial aid. No report has yet been received from the other two teams. I hope that we can have them in the next few days.

Just to let you know ahead of time that Arie [Verduijn, president of the Alliance World Fellowship] and I will make a trip to the Philippines around January 19 next year to meet with the CAMACOP leadership and visit the affected areas.

Photo Credit: Pio Arce/Genesis Photos – World Vision; Source: European Commission DG ECHO

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CAMA, the relief and development arm of The Alliance, is currently responding to this crisis with immediate aid. To help support these efforts, visit CAMA’s website and make a donation to CAMA’s Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.

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