As you’ve seen in the news, Typhoon Haiyan struck the eastern and central Philippines with some of the fastest wind speeds on record, causing massive destruction. Thousands lost their lives and entire provinces were levelled.
Awana has served in the Philippines since 1982. We work with 314 clubs and reach over 22,235 kids. Twenty Awana churches were directly affected by this storm and heavily damaged. We grieve for their losses.
Our Awana director in the Philippines, Zoilo Anat, shared this:
|Over 10 million Filipinos were impacted. Many lost their homes and source of income as communities were destroyed and churches collapsed bringing hopelessness and great pain to millions. But as a country, many have stood to the challenge of sharing, giving, and helping those who suffered loss from the typhoon. Awana Philippines stood to the challenge as well and gave out food and relief goods not only to our Awana churches and clubbers, but even to communities where we have never been. I believe He can use us to lift the souls of those who have suffered from the storm bringing stillness and hope to them. Please continue to pray for us.|
In the midst of such devastation, it’s encouraging to see God using local church leaders to bring hope and relief to those suffering from this catastrophe. While we can’t physically help Zoilo and his ministry team, all of us can get involved in two ways.
First, please join me in praying for our brothers and sisters in the Philippines as they rebuild their lives. Pray that the body of Christ will come alongside them to comfort and encourage in the difficult days ahead.
Second, consider making a donation to assist our Awana leaders and families through the Awana Philippines Relief Fund. Funds will be administered by our international executive team and our leaders onsite in the Philippines to distribute aid and resources to people who most need help.
Thank you for your prayers and support and for partnering with Awana in this relief effort.