Tuesday, September 18
NCM staff in the Philippines are coordinating a response in Pangasinan and Benguet with local pastors. Churches are beginning to collect supplies for neighbors in need, leading the way in their areas, and connecting with other local organizations to further their reach.
An assessment team is being organized to go to the northernmost part of Luzon (the area most impacted by the typhoon) to visit the churches there, and they will deliver Crisis Care Kits and generators to distribute as needed.
Monday, September 17
Typhoon Mangkhut hit the northern tip of the Philippines early on Saturday and killed at least 54 people before moving toward Hong Kong. More than 40 people are still considered missing. About five million were affected by the storm that had winds of over 127 miles per hour, and gusts of as much as 189 mph. Mangkhut destroyed rice and corn crops worth an estimated $177 million and damaged 450 homes, with flooding in nine provinces, official estimates showed.
In the Philippines, hopes of finding survivors in the rubble of a huge landslide triggered by the typhoon faded on Monday as rescuers in a remote mountainous region struggled to reach dozens of people feared trapped. The village of Ucab in the picturesque Cordillera region was hit by one of 50 landslides triggered by heavy rains.
The Philippine Nazarene College in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines, sustained serious flooding. The damage at the college and at other churches and schools is still being assessed by local NCM staff on the ground.
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Friday, September 14
Typhoon Mangkhut, the most powerful typhoon this year, has sustained winds of more than 127 mph and gusts of 158 mph. Its enormous raincloud band is about 560 miles wide, raising concerns about flooding and mudslides. More than 5 million people are potentially at risk from the storm. The typhoon comes five years after Typhoon Haiyan killed 6,300 people.
The Church of the Nazarene in the Philippines has well-formed disaster response and teams are mobilizing in anticipation of the storm. Leody Tan Echavez III, the NCM Field Coordinator in the Philippines, says that local churches are working to coordinate updates and keep communications lines open. They have also put Crisis Care Kits and other relief goods in easily accessible areas. Nazarene churches in the Philippines also set up safe spaces for families and children during disasters.
“We ask for your prayers as the whole country brace for this Typhoon that might make landfall today or tomorrow,” Echavez says. “Please pray for protection, and may the Lord spare the country from an impending disaster.”
YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED
How You Can Help
Please pray for those facing the devastation left by the storms and the ensuing floods. Pray for those who have lost loved ones and homes. Pray for those who are most vulnerable during and after the storm, especially senior adults, individuals with disabilities, and people living in poverty. Pray for the swift delivery of the supplies and care they need, and pray for the months of recovery ahead. Pray for church leaders and churches responding to the needs around them. To send a prayer or note of encouragement, go to ncm.org/pray.
Churches and individuals around the world can provide support through Emergency Relief: 2018 Storm Response fund. Donations will be used for immediate needs, such as water and food, as well as long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts.
To send donations by mail:
In the U.S., make checks payable to "General Treasurer" and send them to:
Global Treasury Services
Church of the Nazarene
P.O. Box 843116
Kansas City, MO 64184-3116
Be sure to put 132668 in the Memo area.
In Canada, make checks payable to "Church of the Nazarene Canada" and send them to:
Church of the Nazarene Canada
3657 Ponytail Drive, Mississauga, ON | L4X 1W5
Be sure to put 132668 in the Memo area.
For any other country, give through your local church or district, designating your gift to Mangkhut Relief Fund.