Natural disasters will happen.
From earthquakes in Haiti, Japan, and Ecuador to typhoons in the Philippines, flooding in India, and tsunamis in the South Pacific, disaster strikes and destroys ... lives, homes, buildings, and livelihoods. When disaster hits, OMS wants to be there early to help assess the situation and the destruction, find local help to partner with, and then respond with life-saving emergency aid, staying for the long term to help people recover and rebuild.
That's preparing for the best ... in a bad situation.
That's the OMS way.
The 2010 Haiti earthquake affected more than 3 million people — one of every three people. Today, almost 7 years since the quake hit, OMS is still building homes and restoring lives.
In recent years, OMS has also helped after the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster struck Japan, sent emergency relief kits to those suffering after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.
We also partnered with our OMS Philippines team after the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan that killed thousands in the Philippines. Today, there is a new church plant in the hardest-hit area as a result.
Most recently, we have helped with earthquake relief in Nepal and Ecuador. In Ecuador, we've now sent our first work team to help in the rebuilding process.
We cannot respond quickly or effectively without your help. So, OMS wants to be ready for when the next disaster hits. We want to be able to help families stabilize by providing assistance with shelter, clean water, food, hygiene products, and emergency medical supplies.
Would you help by saying YES this Christmas to giving a gift, in advance, for worldwide emergency relief?
Since the devastating earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015, our partners in South Asia have provided life-saving relief to the Nepali people. We are so grateful to the generous support of many donors, including hundreds of OMS supporters.
Philip and his team immediately reached out to the people deeply affected in a region that other organizations didn’t. They provided food supplies for 7,000 hungry people, they distributed relief kits among 1,400 families who survived the disaster, but lost everything because of it. And they gave medicine and medical supplies to many of those who were injured.
Over this past year, the people in the villages that were helped have expressed their deep gratitude, recognizing that they would not have survived this difficult situation without the assistance from our generous donors. As a result, these villagers experienced true Christian love through this support.
And more good news …
Among the communities served, 22 villages have accepted Christ as their Savior and were recently baptized! Our partners there are now selecting leaders and training them, using the Train & Multiply curriculum for multiplying disciples and churches.
The positive relationships built have set a firm foundation for our ongoing ministry in this area. God is at work in Nepal!