Year after year, the people of the Asia Pacific region hold their breath in anticipation of the next typhoon/cyclone, tropical disturbance, or severe flooding due to the tropical cyclone season from November 1 – April 30.
Earlier this month, Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines, causing widespread destruction and killing thousands.
Some meteorologists report that this might be the most powerful storm to ever hit land. According to CNN, “The typhoon was 3.5 times more forceful than Hurricane Katrina, which hit the United States in 2005. It wasn’t the storm’s 250-kph (155-mph) gusts that caused most of the damage—it was a mammoth storm surge that reached up to 5 meters (16 feet) high.”
The storms triggered landslides, uprooted trees, and destroyed homes and entire communities as its destructive forces moved quickly though the islands. Powerful winds also forced thousands to evacuate their homes in northeastern Vietnam. Destruction, to some extent, is evident throughout the Asia Pacific region.
OMS will send relief to the areas of the Asia Pacific region where we have ministries and workers on hand to do the most good. In one country, we have “boots on the ground,” ready to put his military and relief experience to work to get immediate help into the hands of those that need it most.
Today, in many areas of the Asia Pacific region, we still see: No electricity. No food. No water. Widespread looting. Dead bodies scattered on the streets. Missing people. Hospitals overrun with patients. Houses and buildings demolished. And medical supplies running out.
This is how you can help today. Send your donation to One Mission Society, a ministry you know and trust.
We have set up account #408056 ― Asia Pacific Typhoon Relief Fund to receive donations. OMS will distribute funds to our regional partners and ministries as funds become available. Donations should be sent to OMS, 1 Sandileigh Avenue, Manchester M20 3LN. Please make cheques payable to “OMS”
Thank you in advance for your support through finances and prayers for the victims, missionaries, and ministries in this region.