We will be traveling 3/26 to 4/8 to Ormoc, Leyte, Philippines to serve in the area of disaster recovery for 2 weeks.
Ormoc, a port city of 191,200 people, was hard hit by Typhoon Haiyan. As the largest city in Leyte by land area, it is the economic, cultural, commercial, and transportation hub of western Leyte.
Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, was a powerful tropical cyclone that devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, on November 8, 2013. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 6,201 people in that country alone. Haiyan is also the strongest storm recorded at landfall, and unofficially the strongest typhoon ever recorded in terms of wind speed.
More than 6,000 people have been confirmed killed and another 1,800 are missing after Haiyan tore across some of the country’s poorest islands, generating tsunami-like waves that left dozens of towns in ruins. About four million people have been left homeless and 16 million affected, according to the government.
Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, was historic in its scope, with experts including NASA concluding it may be the most powerful tropical cyclone to ever make landfall.
“It is the most powerful storm ever to make landfall,” Weather Channel lead meteorologist Michael Palmer told NBC News. “It is as strong a typhoon as you can get, basically.”
Some other mind-boggling facts about the storm:
370 miles: That was the width of Typhoon Haiyan as it surged through the Philippines with sustained winds of 195 mph, and gusts reaching 235 mph.
Six is the number of times Haiyan made landfall on Nov. 8.
17 ft. Height of the storm surge in Tacloban, the biggest city in the hardest-hit central Philippines, where some of the worst flooding was recorded.
27 inches: That was the most rainfall recorded by NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), on the southeast corner of the island of Leyte, during the storm's passage.
Libby and I will travel with Team #4 and be working with Baptist Global Response, National Partners, and the International Mission Board, California Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Ministries. These mission groups have adopted Ormoc City, Leyte, for the recovery and rebuilding efforts, to help with recovery post Typhoon Haiyan.
Please Pray for:
Health and safety
Strength to do the Work
Opportunities to Share Jesus
Wisdom & Discernment
The work in Ormoc will consist of roofing, the repair of schools, community centers, churches, homes, and possibly water systems.
"No one has ever become poor by giving" - Anne Frank
You may not be able to go to distant lands like the Philippines…but trust me there are plenty of people in this world who are hurting, in need and without hope. Go…make a difference…you will never be the same again :o)
Matthew 25:35-40, 'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.' "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You drink? 'And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 'And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' "And the King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'
Thank you so much!
You can follow the many teams including ours on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/CSBDRM
For more information re: the above statistics go to: