Southern Baptists of Texas Disaster Relief
Southern Baptists of Texas Disaster Relief volunteers are on-site in Cebu, Philippines. SBTC Disaster Relief volunteers are serving with local churches, nationals, and personnel from Baptist Global Response to assist with initial assessments and other needs created by Typhoon Haivan. The SBTC Rapid Assistance Team is also assisting with identifying the logistical support needed for future volunteer
There will be more Disaster Relief volunteer teams to follow. As soon as needs are identified and local logistics are worked out we will be scheduling teams to respond. Please continue to check the www.sbtexas.com/dr for updates and team schedules.
Texas Baptist Men
Texas Baptist Men (TBM) is working with Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery (TBDR), the Convention of the Philippine Baptist Churches (CPBC), Baptist World Alliance and local pastors to provide aid after the devastating typhoon.
Staff members of CPBC, headquartered in Iloilo City of the Iloilo Province, have already visited affected areas to survey damage caused by the typhoon. Their initial reports indicate that in the coastal towns of Estancia, Carles and Concepcion the homes are 95 percent destroyed. Impassable roads and scattered debris have hampered relief efforts.
A special assessment team comprised of TBM and TBDR volunteers will leave for the Province of Iloilo the first weekend of December. They will determine which cities to concentrate efforts in and work together to formulate a response plan. There is a possibility of distributing water filtration systems, food, and reconstruction of damaged homes and churches.
The population of the Province of Iloilo is over 2.2 million. Please be in prayer for the thousands affected by this tragedy. Please pray for volunteers as they seek to determine how to best provide resources and assistance in the weeks and months to follow.
For updates on the TBM disaster relief efforts go to http://www.texasbaptistmen.org/Ministries/DisasterRelief