Asia Pacific Relief Needed

November 14 2013

Asia Pacific Relief Needed

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.

This past Friday, 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.

Early Monday, 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, six days later, 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.

To give online, go to http://www.onemissionsociety.org/give/express-give and use account #408056 in the project box, or send a check to One Mission Society, P.O. Box 1648, Monument, CO 80132-1648, and on the memo line put “#408056 ― Asia Pacific Typhoon Relief.”

Thank you in advance for your support through finances and prayers for the victims, missionaries, and ministries in this region.

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The Living Water Project

September 11 2013

The Living Water Project

                         

In March of this year, I traveled to the small community of Sitio Catalina, Philippines, for a water project ministry. 

Little did I know how big God is that this would also immediately turn into a church planting project!

I met up with pastor Rely and Lalaine (national OMS coworkers), then journeyed with Rely and four other men from his sending church to the small Mangyan community that previously had no water, no toilets, no electricity ... and no money. Our task was to set up tanks and pipes to bring water from farther up the mountain to their houses. As we accomplished this, we brought the message of ‘living water’ from the story of the Samaritan woman in John chapter 4. I saw the impact this was making.

One week or so later, when I returned to New Zealand, Rely began his first church service there. About a month ago, the roof was put on the new church building! How cool is that?! We praise God “who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine.” 

Pray for many Mangyan in this community and farther away to join the new believers. Pray for financial provision for Rely and Lalaine, and pray for teams to go there soon to help with electricity and toilets.

 

--Owen Brown, Director, OMS New Zealand 


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