Samaritan’s Purse Helps Typhoon Survivors in the Philippines

January 19, 2018 • Philippines
Families in Mindanoa received relief items from Samaritan's Purse.
Families in Mindanoa received relief items from Samaritan's Purse.

Our teams provided relief items to more than 200 families.

Samaritan’s Purse distributed emergency relief supplies to families in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Tembin. The late December typhoon triggered landslides and floods that killed more than 200 people. At least 150 people are still missing and thousands are homeless.

One of the hardest-hit areas was Mindanao island in the southern Philippines, where our teams distributed relief items to more than 200 families in early January. We provided rice and non-food items such as household water filtration kits and hygiene kits.

A mother and child carry home their emergency supplies.

A mother and child carry home their emergency supplies.

“The conditions of the survivors and the challenges they faced were so real,” said local partner and pastor Percy Lagman.

Pastor Percy has participated in the Samaritan’s Purse Hazard Area Readiness Training project, which helps equip local partners to respond quickly and effectively during a crisis. Typhoon Tembin was the pastor’s first response after completing the training.

“We must be prepared and willing to act immediately and to bring help to others,” he said.

For Pastor Percy, the typhoon response was an opportunity to demonstrate God’s love to hurting people.

“As Christians, we are the light of the world. We have to share God’s love,” he said. “We must be ready to give and to be a blessing to people.”

We continue to provide relief to survivors in need in the Philippines. Please pray for this response.

Thirty tons of emergency relief from Samaritan's Purse has arrived in the Bahamas.
International Emergency Relief When natural disasters strike or armed conflict causes people to flee, Samaritan's Purse responds quickly to bring relief to those in urgent need. We can provide food, clean water, and shelter, among other necessities. One way we help in disaster situations is by handing out “family survival kits” that include warm blankets, buckets with water filters, cooking utensils, soap, and other daily essentials. For just $45, we can provide a lifeline to a family that has lost everything, to help them get back on their feet.

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Suggested Gift: $45