Friday, November 8,the strongest typhoon to ever make landfall slammed into the central Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as “Yolanda,” produced sustained winds of 170 mph with gusts over 200 mph.
The storm reportedly was moving twice as fast as the average cyclone when it struck land and forced millions to seek shelter. Estimates indicate the death toll could reach 10,000.
The storm is sweeping westward now with Vietnam in its path.
Christian Ministries Deploy Aid and Personnel
The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod(LCMS) has pledged up to $100,000 for immediate Typhoon Haiyan relief, plus a $50,000 challenge-matching grant to International Lutheran Council member churches.
LCMS disaster response ministry leaders will depart Tuesday, Nov 12, for the Philippines to deliver the funds for immediate relief and begin planning for the long-term recovery in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
“After hearing of the ‘largest typhoon’ in recorded history and a report from the president of our partner, the Lutheran Church of the Philippines (LCP), that at least three congregations as well as the homes of pastors and church members would need to be rebuilt, the LCMS is engaging its mercy response to find the best way to assist,” said the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of the LCMS. “These funds will provide some immediate relief, and I am deeply grateful to our generous donors for making this grant possible.”
Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into the Philippines Friday. More than 1,200 people are feared dead. Thousands more are homeless as property damage and destruction of infrastructure are widespread.