Providing aid through church partners
by Alexis Harrison, Projects Information Coordinator
Samaritan’s Purse is working with our partners on the ground to provide relief to typhoon victims. These partners have worked with us many times in the past to show God’s love to people in desperate need.
Last year, Holy Faith Church in Santa Fe in the Philippines handed out shoeboxes to children in need. Now they are handing out relief supplies to victims of vicious Typhoon Haiyan.
“For us, it’s really a privilege to be partnered with Samaritan’s Purse because we know God is using Samaritan’s Purse to help our people,” said the pastor of Holy Faith, Pepe Guenares.
The church organized volunteers to distribute hygiene and food kits from Samaritan’s Purse to people in their community. Many of the volunteers were also victims of the storm, but they were more concerned about helping people who had lost everything.
“After the storm, there was a panic for food, water, and everything like roof materials,” said J.R. Mahinay, the youth pastor. “People were so afraid. They were terrified of what would happen if they don’t have food to eat. They’re afraid of losing lives due to scarcity of food.”
Since the storm, Guenares and his church have been sharing God’s Word with much success. They are seeing people at the church who usually don’t come, and the distributions are providing more opportunities for the church to open its doors.
“Before, when you share the Word of God, we were rejected,” Guenares said. “But now, they are coming to church. I want to give all the glory to God.”
Beyond responding to past and present natural disasters in the Philippines, Samaritan’s Purse and our local partners are also running a maternity clinic and sustainable food project there.