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Prayerful Support Needed for Haiyan Survivors

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In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, a man walks through rubble in the city of Tacloban in Leyte province, one of the worst affected areas. The following was contributed by The Salvation Army Philippine Territory. Emergency Disaster Service teams have been providing essentials to those affected by the typhoon since the storm hit Friday, including food, shelter, water, and emotional and spiritual care. Monetary donations are the most critical need for survivors. To give, visit  https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/TyphoonHaiyan or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
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The devastation caused by typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) left more than 10,000 dead and thousands of homes flat. The nightmare seemed to have escalated in the Visayas Island with people still trying to recover from a recent magnitude 7.2 earthquake with Bohol as the epicentre. As of this writing, another tropical storm is approaching the country heading towards the same direction that typhoon Yolanda took.

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It would take more than a week to actually determine the extent of damages that typhoon Yolanda havocked on people, infrastructure, livestock and crops. What the government and non government agencies are now struggling with are the accessibility of roads so that relief goods can reach the survivors and the medical attention to the wounded and sick. There is also a possibility of an outbreak of diseases.

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In Tacloban City after Typhoon Haiyan According to reports, survivors are resorting to violence and looting because of hunger. There are people who are losing their minds because of trauma, grief over the death of loved ones and severe hunger.

The worst affected area is Tacloban, the capital of Leyte Province which is approximately 360 miles southeast of Manila. Aside from Leyte province, other areas were affected in Iloilo, Palawan and Mindoro.

A number of officers were in the nearby island Cebu when the devastation happened. They were there for the annual Red Shield Appeal. After the storm, two men officers were able to hire a motorcycle and braved the road to go back to their families in Leyte and to coordinate the relief work with the local officials and department of social worker.

Officers from Iloilo surveyed other affected areas such as Lemery, Roxas Capiz and Banete Iloilo.
A team from the Territorial Headquarters will transport relief goods and medicines to Tacloban through the help of Philippine Airforce very shortly.

We encourage prayer support for all those who have been devastated by this calamity.

 

Posted by Megan on Monday, November 11, 2013 · Leave a Comment

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Commissioner André Cox Elected As 20th General Of The Salvation Army

Commissioner André Cox, a Swiss-British Salvation Army officer, was elected as the 20th General of the Christian church and charity. The election took place at the High Council, which saw 117 of The Salvation Army’s senior leaders from around the world gather just outside London for the sacred task of choosing the next international leader. General Cox shares his ministry with his wife, Commissioner Silvia Cox, who is the World President of Women’s Ministries. Together they will lead the 1.5 million strong world-wide church of The Salvation Army.

General André Cox speaks shortly after the High Council election in London. Photo: Salvation Army IHQ: http://www.salvationarmy.org/ihq/ The 59-year-old General has vast experience of the international ministry of The Salvation Army. In the early years of his Salvation Army officership, General Cox held appointments in Switzerland and Zimbabwe. More recently he has served as the territorial commander in the Southern Africa Territory, the Finland and Estonia Territory and the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland. In February 2013 he was appointed as Chief of the Staff – second in command of the international Salvation Army.

On being announced as The Salvation Army’s 20th General, the new international leader told more than 10,000 people from around the world watching via a live webcast that he was thankful to God but aware of the ‘awesome task that has been placed upon our shoulders’. He continued: ‘I pray that The Salvation Army will be known for being a force for good in the world … that The Salvation Army will be a force for positive change and transformation in the communities in which we serve … [and] that Salvationists will live up to the spiritual values we proclaim.’

The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and every day in 126 countries around the world. To learn more about The Salvation Army international, please visit http://www.salvationarmy.org/ihq/. See the official press release here.