CAMACOP Mobilizes to Help Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

The following was adapted from a report by CAMACOP (the Christian and Missionary Alliance Churches of the Philippines).

Our people responded generously to the call for assistance in affected areas. Churches set up relief centers where volunteers donated, sorted, and packed goods for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

We have sent relief goods to our churches in Medellin, Cebu, Camotes Island, and Biliran Island. Although their buildings sustained damage, these congregations continue to minister to their people and the community. More than half of the members have lost their homes and sources of income. Some have found shelter in the church.

  • We have partnered with the government and nongovernment organizations in rescue and relief operations to meet the immediate needs of our people. They have the manpower, resources, and accessibility to areas we couldn’t reach.
  • We have empowered our district leaders to assist the needy in affected areas.
  • We have asked all our churches and training institutions to help.
  • We have organized a Crisis Management Committee to assess the extent of needs in each district and to make recommendations for rehabilitation and development.

sunday school room damageAt the church in Poblacion, Medellin, Cebu, the Sunday school room was destroyed. One of our churches in Cebu, Olive Grove Christian Ministries, is helping to rebuild.

Medellin, Cebu, was like a ghost town the day after the typhoon hit. The parsonage of the church was heavily hit.

The Alliance church in Nipa, Cebu, saw much of its roof destroyed. Three families also lost their homes, and another member’s house had its roof blown off.

Only the foundation was left of the church in Kananga, Leyte. The homes of all the church members were destroyed, leaving 37 families homeless.

The entire neighborhood In Palo, Leyte, was flattened. Pastor Travieza and his wife survived the typhoon by climbing the window grills of a neighbor’s house, which they clung to during the duration of the storm.

Amid such devastation, we believe God will help us rise again. It is His nature; it is His promise.

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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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