February 4, 2022 | View All Stories

Christians Respond to Typhoon Odette in the Philippines

Filipinos said the 150 mph winds sounded like cows screaming during the slaughtering process. Power poles and trees down everywhere. Galvanized metal roofs blown off and crumpled beyond repair. Crops destroyed and chickens blown away. Fear gripped the people of the Philippines as Typhoon Odette slowly moved its way across the country. The thousand-mile-wide storm that made nine landfalls affected four million people and displaced 600,000, especially those of the central islands.

Response

News traveled fast and donors gave generously. A month later, 300 poor families in the mountain village of Maghaway, Cebu stood in 100-degree temperatures to receive their first relief. The scorching sun zapped energy, but not joy. Over their masks, eyes sparkled with anticipation and gratitude. 

One Outreach

Dr. Bads from the Philippine Gospel Association, a ministry partner of ANM, stood on a makeshift stage under a tent erected on a basketball court and shared that Jesus is the One, True, and Living God. He stressed that Jesus is the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. After he proclaimed the Gospel and prayed, the crowd lined up for distribution. The volunteers could not control social distancing as the crowd gathered. COVID is on the rise, but people are far more concerned about basic survival from the typhoon. 

Each family received a bag of assorted food items including rice. The packs also contained Gospel tracts and two verses in the Cebuano language. Dr. Bads encouraged the families to memorize the scriptures — Psalm 62:8, “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken,” and Matthew 4:4, “Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”’” Vitamin bottles made it into the hands of 300 children with extra given to the malnourished. The missionaries with damaged homes received funds to help rebuild.

More Relief

This is but one out of many relief centers. Your prayers, compassion, and support also allowed other partners throughout the country to give basic needs, tarps, rope, tents, clean water, and Bibles (both written and audio). Some handed out hygiene kits, medical kits, and battery-powered lamps.  Most importantly, your generosity made it possible for partners to be instruments of His love to the unsaved. The ministry workers welcome the chance to be His mouthpiece to the thousands who need hope. They send heart-felt thanks and appreciation.

Endure and Expand

Behind every smiling face are at least two more with expressions of despondency.  Missionaries on the ground want to be the hands and feet to expand relief and extend the invitation to become children of God. Together, we can make this happen.

Click here to give a sack of rice to a family on the verge of starvation in the aftermath of Typhoon Odette.

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Dee writes for ANM's Marketing team.

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