UPDATE Mon Nov 11, 2013.
The reported numbers of injured and dead are much greater today than Saturday. See below for more information on how to help and whom to contact.
The NYT is now reporting that the Red Cross thinks that as many as 1,000 people in the Philippines may have died in the massive typhoon that hit the islands. Pastor Nollie Malabuyo is a minister in the United Reformed Churches in North America. He writes this morning with news and with guidance about how to help.
Original Post Nov 9, 2013
Reports of widespread devastation and casualties all along the path of Typhoon Haiyan (code name Yolanda in the Philippines) are starting to trickle in. Those killed might number in the few thousands. We will not know the extent of the damage for days. The whole region of about 25 million people had no power and without communication. All domestic flights to the area were grounded, and some airports were destroyed.
Evelyn and I and our household were homebound for two days, but safe by God’s mercy. Right now, the typhoon is already headed towards Vietnam. We only had light to moderate rains and winds. Earlier today, the sun was trying to peek with moderate winds.
The path of the storm was about 200-300 miles to the south of Manila, but the storm was so huge that practically the whole country, 1,200 miles from north to south, was engulfed in the storm.
Please continue praying for those who have lost everything, including loved ones. For those who want to send relief aid, I think the best thing to be sure that the aid gets to those in need would be to send cash. Our church Council will discuss this tomorrow and will make inquiries as to how and where to send aid. I’m sure that some missionary organizations working in the area will be raising relief aid.
The Philippines will need massive aid and a long time to recover from this calamity.
You can contact me at my email: dvopilgrim at gmail.com.
Tax-deductible funds can be sent to mission organization:
East Asia National Support, Inc.
P. O. Box 8434
Bartlett, IL 60103
(memo: R1612 (FEURM)
UPDATE Monday Nov 11, 2013
Pastor Malabuyo writes:
Pasig Covenant Reformed Church and Trinity Covenant Reformed Church (Imus) are sending a small amount of cash—a drop in the ocean—to a mission working with the Atis in Boracay. Below are a few of the mission work that I’ve learned about from other long-time missionaries here in the Philippines.
If you’re in the Philippines, and want to send funds directly to these places, please send me a message here or in my Facebook account.
Paul & Margie Varburg (Facebook), Tacloban City
Church and Christian school
Dennis & Marilou Drake, Bohol
International Deaf Education Association. They have a website for Bohol Earthquake Relief.