A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the islands in the central part of the Philippines hard on October 15, 2013. The catastrophe killed at least 222 people, injured more than 1,000 and displaced some 350,000 people. The United Nations estimates the damages at $46,000,000 for losses to homes, roads, bridges and other infrastructure. People were not able to return to their homes. There is much need for food, potable water, medical supplies and construction materials.
Bring Good News International, in partnership with the International Disaster Emergency Service, is helping victims in the provinces of Bohol and Cebu, which received the brunt of disaster. We have a medical team that is preparing to serve those affected by the earthquake.
As of the writing of this report, Super Typhoon Haiyans is heading to the same areas where the earthquake struck last month. Government forecasts category 5-hurricane strength, with sustained wind at 149 mph upon landfall covering some 500 miles in diameter.
Please pray for our brothers and sisters for safety in the affected areas. Much damage is expected to people and property resulting from this super typhoon and the earthquake. Church leaders in our brotherhood and their members have been appealing for assistance. If you wish to extend a helping hand, please send gifts payable to Bring Good News International, PO Box 502591, Indianapolis, IN 46250. Your financial support will provide much needed food, clothing, sleeping mats, kitchenware and other relief goods.
We thank you for your prayers and support for this ministry as we continue to serve our Lord and the victims of these disasters in the Philippines.