Typhoon Haiyan – Philippines

This was posted by the Director of ReachGlobal Crisis Response, Mark Lewis on his recent trip to the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan – Philippines14NOVOne of the many families now homeless from the destruction of Haiyan.‘Nothing…’  No contact as of yet with the five Evangelical Free Churches (of the Philippines – EFCP) located on the east coast of the island of Samar, reported P. Prisco, EFCP president, as we met in his office this morning. And still no news as the day ended. Facing the Pacific, this side of the island sustained a direct hit from the storm. And getting there to assess this area is nearly impossible still, as the ‘normal’ route entails a boat ride to the now damaged Ormoc, a drive across Leyte on roads compromised by bandits and the rebel group NPA to the devastated Tacloban, across a bridge to Samar, then around the island on a shore road that in parts doesn’t exist.  We’re hoping that flights to Tacloban open up Monday and that P. Sam, who leads ministry in the region can find a way across Samar to meet us, and get us into his impacted region. Today was otherwise very busy, with the pressing reality of hundreds of thousands living out in the open with dwindling food resources. This morning, we got supplies in the hands of a pastor heading to Ormoc and Tacloban with a loaded van. This afternoon, we mobilized supplies and transportation for our 2am departure for a 2 day trip to N. Cebu island and Batayan Island. Both of these places have suffered greatly.  P. Chris a church planter with the EFCP, who has a vision to see a new church planted on Batayan. We’ll be delivering the supplies, helping him assess the response needs as well as the church planting potential, and exploring long term recovery ideas, including converting some of the downed trees into building materials.Pray for:    -God’s supply of immediate relief for thousands needing food, water and shelter;-The Church to be the primary agent of that provision;-Resulting in an effective Gospel witness, and Gospel Transformation of people and those communities affected.-Pray for Tom Shook (RG Asia), Denny Amin (an Indonesian partner, Caleb and I as we help, assess, and seek partners and to discern God’s direction for our response efforts. Give:  click here to the ongoing typhoon response…. or send a check payable to EFCA, referencing

via Typhoon Haiyan – Philippines.


Published by Rob and Jackie Passer

We are missionaries with ReachGlobal Crisis Response. Rob is a response facilitator; preparing work for the volunteers to do. Jackie is operations and volunteer coordinator; she will be managing the site book and coordinating the teams with schedules, meals and sleeping arrangements.

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