As flood waters subside in the Philippines, AG World Missions and Convoy of Hope continue to partner with the Philippine Assemblies of God and local missionaries to deliver relief to those left homeless and hurting by the nearly three-feet of rain that fell, August 6-8, in the capital city of Manila and outlying areas.
According to the American Red Cross, the heavy rains and resulting flooding has left 92 dead, hundreds of homes destroyed and nearly 2,700 more homes damaged.
So far, the Assemblies of God teams have worked together to provide 3,300 families with relief assistance, which includes packages of food and water designed to help families bridge their needs for several days. A total of more than 100,000 individual meals have been distributed through AG and COH relief efforts during this disaster.
"Delivery was done by local volunteers using their own vehicles and the Convoy of Hope vehicle," Bill Snider, AG missionary and area director for Southeast Asia, says. "There was excellent coordination between Convoy of Hope personnel and Assemblies of God local churches to respond in a speedy manner."
Snider says that continued assistance is planned for an area where children need medical attention due to the flooding and its after-effects, with medical teams assisting in meeting this need.
Hal Donaldson, founder and president of Convoy of Hope states, "I am grateful that we already had an active presence in the Philippines. That enabled us to respond quickly with resources already on hand. And, we will continue to do all we can in this ongoing relief effort with AG World Missions."
Randy Hurst, communications director for AGWM, says, "The Lord works through obedient believers who care about those in desperate need. For 14 years, AG World Missions and Convoy of Hope have partnered to touch the poor and suffering of our world. This flooding crisis in the Philippines is another example of how so many receive help because of the efficiency and effectiveness of this long-term partnership."