As the world knows by now Super Typhoon Haiyan landed in the Philippines and has done much destruction. With 9.3 Million effected and at least 600,000 homeless the death toll will raise (Red Cross estimating at 10,000) if there is no relief.
Currently Youth With A Mission locally and internationally is headed to the effected areas to bring life saving relief. Cebu (my former home for 8 years) has become a hub for relief not just for YWAM but the world coming to help out in this disaster.
I (Dustin) will be headed to Cebu to help organize and network with other churches and NGOs so we can effectively reach people in the hard hit areas. . Please read on to see what we will be doing.
Most Powerful Storm Recorded.
When the typhoon hit I (Dustin) was in General Santos City (Mindanao) teaching in their DTS. I knew that the center of the Philippines was going to get hard and also Manila would be somewhat effected. With my family living south of Manila my first concern was my family. But even after a little scare of trying to call Haydee and not getting through, my family was safe.
But the sad truth is that our story is not the same for other families in the disaster zone. There are still people looking for love ones and friends and others who lost their whole family. And with the survivors of this storm there is no food, no clean water, no where to go, and hope is dropping. Desperation is in high gear. Their cry is being heard and the world is trying their best to respond.
YWAM International are sending teams from all around the world. With in the next few days we will have times from the States, Mexico, Netherlands, and Australia coming in to help. We also have teams from around the Philippines entering into this zone to bring help.
A lot as fallen on YWAM Cebu since this has happened. They have become a hub for relief for those of us in YWAM. I will be going there to help out any way I can to get these teams stocked and out into the effected areas. Also we will be doing our best to try to network with churches and other NGOs so we can be strategic in our response.
Please keep the Philippines in your prayers. The next few weeks are vital, but it will take years to rebuild.
Donations for Typhoon Haiyan Relief
I would like you to pray if you are to give during this time.
Personally, I have 3 ways you can give.
You can give to YWAM Philippines. We have local teams going out and your gift and help them give much needed supplies to the effected.
You can also give through YWAM International.
And if you would like you can give to us to help for my personal expenditures you can click here.
Thank you for taking the time to pray for the Philippines and considering if God would lead you to give.
In the last month I have slept in my bed only 4 nights. We started by traveling to Baguio as a family. The kids loved being at the base and I also enjoyed teaching in the Making Disciple Makers (MDM) staff and leaders training. It was also a delight to meet up with old friends and talk to John and Angie Parsons who are currently leading the base. We really enjoyed our time.
Dustin has been serving as a missionary for 23 years. Here is where he places some of his teaching, thoughts, and updates.