November 11, 2013

Prayers and Relief for the Philippines

Initial reports called it the worst typhoon ever recorded in history. But not only was Typhoon Haiyan powerful, it was also extremely large. At one point the storm completely covered the entire nation of the Philippines. 

This storm, which is known as Yolanda in the Philippines, battered the coastline, damaging thousands of homes and businesses and claiming the lives of an estimated 10,000 people. 

As soon as the storm hit, David L. Meyer, CEO of Hand of Hope tweeted: “Please pray for the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan is causing lots of damage. We @HandofHope are looking for ways to help right now.” 

With a heart to provide assistance as soon as possible, we are partnering with Convoy of Hope, a relief organization out of Springfield, Missouri. With team members already on the ground in the Philippines, they were able to begin providing relief immediately after the skies cleared. 

Currently, assessment teams are busy at work looking for what needs to be done. According to Hal Donaldson, Convoy of Hope founder and CEO, more than 600,000 meals, hygiene kits, tents and shoes are pre-staged on two islands for ground distribution. There are four containers currently in transit and five additional containers of supplies ready for shipment, which contain meals, hygiene kits, canned meat and vegetable and fruit pouches. They also have 100 water filtration units on their way to the area. Additional volunteers are also being sent to help provide relief. 

Many of the hardest hit areas are difficult to reach, so please pray with us for access to those areas and that the assistance arrives where it’s needed the most. 

Thank you so much to the friends and partners of Joyce Meyer Ministries for helping us provide immediate relief after storms like this. Please continue to pray for those in the Philippines, as well as the relief teams, in the coming weeks and months ahead. 

Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

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