Philippines Crisis, November 2013
When a crisis like Typhoon Haiyan strikes, our hearts break at the devastation in the lives of innocent people. At the same time, hope rises because we serve a loving God. We know that God is at work right now in the Philippines. There are 66,000 sponsored children, as well as countless Compassion staff, church partners and families to whom His love and mercy are already being demonstrated.
Even in the midst of this disaster, Noel Pabiona, Compassion’s Country Director in the Philippines, reminds us to take heart and hope in this great promise of Scripture: “We will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea … The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress" (Ps. 46:2,7).
Below are resources available for you to use as we unite to care for children affected by disaster, not only in the Philippines, but in all the countries where Compassion ministers.
Ask your pastor for permission to make a difference in the lives of suffering children by coming together as a church family to pray and give. Use this bulletin announcement to inform others of the opportunity:
Fund Submission Form
Help Children Affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
On Friday, November 8, Super Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines. Possibly the strongest tropical storm in history, Haiyan has taken thousands of lives, and left many more homeless and helpless.
Among those affected by this disaster are more than 20,000 children served by Compassion International’s child sponsorship ministry.
Today, a special offering is being taken, giving you the opportunity to reach out to these innocent children and their families. The estimated cost to recover and meet their emergency needs is $4 million - $8 million.
Whatever you can give will be an important, tangible expression of God’s love for these children at a time when they need it the most. May God bless you!
* Please make checks payable to Compassion International. All donations will be processed through Compassion’s Disaster Relief Fund.
If you talk with your church or other group and collect an offering, download, print and return this fund submission form
along with the funds you collect to Compassion. Please mail checks only. For any cash collected, please remit as a money order or cashier’s check. If you are unable to do so, you may staple the cash to your Fund Submission Form; please ensure the cash donations match your records. Donors who give cash will not receive a receipt from Compassion International.
Disaster Relief Fund Form
If you share with individuals (such as at a table after a church service), download and print copies of this disaster relief fund form
to give to each person to make their donations. Collect the forms and mail them to Compassion. When mailing forms to Compassion, in order to protect confidential payment information contained on donation forms, such as credit card data, please use a secure and trackable method to return contributions to compassion.
To share online with your friends, family, and your church, use these web banners
on your website to ask for prayer and donations.
Share with others via social media asking friends to get involved through prayer and making donations at www.compassion.com/philippinescrisis
Make a Donation
To get up-to-date information about Compassion’s efforts in the Philippines and to Donate, Click Here
A Call to Prayer
Please join us in prayer and share these needs with your friends, family and church family:
- Compassion children who live in the Philippines. Ask God to place His hand of protection and comfort on them and their families.
- The Compassion staff and our church partners in the Philippines, who may face losses of their own while trying to help others.
- The entire country, especially those who live in poverty. Starting over can be overwhelming when you have so little to begin with.
Learn More About Compassion’s Response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
Compassion in the Philippines & Response to Natural Disasters
Compassion’s Disaster Relief Fund gifts help...
- Compassion has been meeting the needs of children in the Philippines since 1972 (41 years).
- Because of our extensive network of church partners, Compassion is uniquely positioned to quickly provide aid to those who need it most.
- While Compassion is, at its core, a holistic child development ministry rather than a disaster relief organization, part of the commitment made when entering the Philippines in 1972 is the ongoing protection of children served. Uniquely partnering with the local church provides some of the most immediate and direct response possible.
- Families of Compassion-assisted children are served so they can survive a disaster and get back on their feet. Gifts to disaster relief help Compassion provide the relief, recovery and rehabilitation vital for restoring families after a disaster.
- provide emergency food and water, temporary shelters, personal items, cooking utensils, trauma counseling and spiritual support
- replace clothing, school supplies and household items
- restore supplies a family needs for earning income
- provide continued counseling and support as needed
Important Note for Sponsors of Children in the Philippines
If you sponsor a child in the Philippines, be assured that we are working closely with the Compassion Philippines office to assess the damage. Communication is difficult at this time due to the extent of damage, but we will update you on your sponsored child's situation as soon as possible.
Widely reported as one of the strongest storms ever recorded on the planet, Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) devastated the central Philippines when it made landfall on Nov. 8, 2013. Officials’ early estimates say as many as 10,000 people lost their lives after the storm hit the island nation with sustained winds of 195 mph (equivalent to an EF4 tornado — but lasting as long as three hours), gusts up to 235 mph, and a 6-foot storm surge. The United Nations has said as many as 630,000 Filipinos were displaced by the storm and an estimated 70 percent to 80 percent of structures in its path were destroyed.
Many survivors have no food, water or medicine. Live telecasts showed that hundreds of concrete posts for electricity and communication lines had fallen, causing a total power outage. A majority of our church partners had no communication access immediately after the storm. Vehicles and houses were thrown upside down, trees were uprooted, and debris was scattered all over the affected areas, resulting in blockages of major roads making delivery of relief assistance not feasible despite aggressive efforts from government and humanitarian agencies.