Nov. 2013 Typhoon Haiyan Update
Dear Prayer Warriors,
Last Friday was a day that the Philippines will never forget. It was reportedly the largest or worst typhoon that the world has ever experienced. Adding to the disaster is the fact that it hit land at a place where the poverty and general infrastructure were not well equipped to deal with this storm. Even if better evacuation methods and places were available, this storm was more than one hundred miles wide at it worst winds.
The good news is that Christians' Haven and northern Mindanao were on the southern edge of the storm and only experienced heavy rains and some wind. EVERYONE IS FINE AND OUR FACILITIES WERE NOT DAMAGED. We are so thankful for that but overwhelmed with what we are realizing happened to our neighboring islands to our north.
It is still early in the aftermath but as of today (Monday) we are hearing numbers that could exceed 10,000 dead from the storm. That number does not include the perhaps thousands who will die from disease and other effects of the typhoon.
We are asking God for direction on just how He wants us to help. I will keep you informed on what God reveals to us from the Philippines. The primary help is PRAYER! Never underestimate our intercession with the Creator of the Universe.
We also are recommending that financial help be sent to a group we trust explicitly. This group is I.D.E.S.(International Disaster Emergency Services). They have operated in the name of Jesus for more than 40 years and have been very helpful to us in times of need. Gifts through them are completely tax deductible. And, 100% of all funds go directly to needs on the ground, there is no overhead or other expenses taken from your gift.
Send your gift to:
P.O. Box 60
Kempton, IN 46049-0060
You may also donate through their web site at ides.org.
I will update you as often as I can and as I get any new details. Thanks for your continued prayers for our brethren in the Philippines.
Your fellow servant,
Lynn R. Ragsdale, President
Christians' Haven, Inc.