Philippines Disaster 2013


On November 7, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit the Philippines making landfall first in the central western part of the Philippines on the Visayas, with the greatest devestation occuring in the islands of Samar and Leyte.  Considered the largest most deadly super-typhoon ever to hit the Philippines, this Category 5 typhoon intensified to wind gusts at or exceeding 195 mph carrying sea water inland and destroying everything in its path.  The eye of Typhoon Haiyan continued to transverse the Batayan, Daanbatayan, Panay, Busuanga, and other smaller islands, heading out to the South China Sea on November 8th.  Tacloban City, the capital of Leyte, suffered tremendous loss of human life and shelter, with the death toll estimated in the thousands.  We have been trying desperately to connect with our ministerial brethren in Tacloban without success.  Earthquake- and flood-ridden Bohol and Cebu islands have also been affected by Typhoon Haiyan.  However, we have not been able to confirm the devastation and loss of life due to limited communication connections. Despite initial international relief efforts and local Filipino government help, food, water, shelter, and medical supplies are scarce.  Brothers and sisters, the situation is dire and our kababayan truly need your prayers right now.  Please help us help them, in Jesus Name.  You may contact me at (619) 422-4195 or - Pastor Buxton.

The following photo montage was completed by a 12 year old girl from one of our church plants in Bohol.  We thank God she and all of our other kababayan are safe and unharmed from the earthquake aftermath.  Please continue to keep all of them in your prayers.  Salamat po!