PRAY — Updated Information on Philippines Typhoon
Super Typhoon Haiyan made its first landfall in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, with maximum sustained winds of 235 kilometers per hour. Flash floods, landslides and wind damage are reported in Eastern Samar and Leyte provinces.Telecommunication and electricity remain interrupted. Air and seaports are closed. Initial needs assessments are underway prioritizing Shelter, Food, and Health. The people of the Philippines have suffered greatly and many have died and many are still missing.
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.
Many of our churches are asking "What can we do to assist?"
- Pray for those who were injured.
- Pray for the families of those who were injured and those who lost their lives.
- Pray for the first responders.
- Pray for the volunteers responding.
- Get trained so you can serve as a part of the SBTC Disaster Relief Ministry.
- Give as you are led to support the Disaster Relief Ministry of the SBTC.
In addition, to the immediate needs reflected above, please pray for:
- The SBTC DR Staff.
- The SBTC Task Force Leaders, supporting and coordinating DR volunteers state-wide.
- The SBTC Volunteers.
- An increase in interest and volunteer numbers.
- The re-organization, growth and expansion of the Texas DR ministry.
GIVE — Make a Financial Donation
Donate online to our general disaster relief fund. Every cent will go to the most crucial immediate needs!
We encourage general disaster relief donations over those specific to a disaster. This allows use of all money raised for the most pressing needs. If you would like to make a donation specifically for Philippine relief, please make that designation on your gift and send checks or money orders to:
Disaster Relief Ministry
Southern Baptists of Texas Convention
PO Box 1988
Grapevine, TX 76099
SERVE — Volunteer for Disaster Relief Ministry
Only trained Disaster Relief "Yellow Hat" volunteers are allowed to deploy with our units. CLICK ON THE TRAINING SCHEDULE LINK BELOW FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING VOLUNTEER TRAINING. Training opportunities will be set up in areas outside of DFW, as needed. Please contact Jim Richardson if you have a group of 15 or more people interested in order to set up a training time.
In order to volunteer to be trained as an SBTC Disaster Relief Volunteer, you must:
- Be an active member of a Southern Baptist church.
- Have a letter of recommendation from the Pastor on church letterhead for the individual(s) from that church.
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Be in good health.
- Have a servant heart.