This Christmas seems set to be a bleak one for the people of the Philippines, who experienced their worst ever natural disaster last month, when Typhoon Haiyan swept through the island. Christian charities are responding with prayer and practical action.
Compassion UK has sent a fleet of 1.3 tons of Compassion aid to the islands of Cebu and Ormoc, two regions worst impacted by the typhoon. It includes boxes of pre-packed canned goods and ready-to-eat foods.
Compassion Philippines has established a disaster relief team to monitor and support the 109 church-based Compassion projects, and the 20,000 children who have been worst affected.
The Charity’s Country Director, Noel Pabiona, explains, “Our hands will be full, as we embark on a massive relief and rehabilitation effort these next few days, but we are confident that our God will never leave us nor forsake us.”
Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need, has announced that it will be sending an emergency aid package of 100,000 euros, which will be used to provide clean water, medicine and shelter.
Other charities that have launched appeals include the Bible Society, Christian Aid, Tearfund and the Salvation Army.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has even shared a prayer for those who are suffering, stating “Our prayers are with all who have lost loved ones and all those who are traumatised by the disaster and in desperate need of food, water, shelter and medical attention.”
“We pray for those who are most vulnerable in this crisis: children separated from their parents, the sick and injured, the disabled and the elderly.”