DECATUR, Ga. – The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is deploying Eddy Ruble, CBF field personnel based in Malaysia, to help with assessments, planning and coordination of logistics in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
CBF also announced today that it is sending $10,000 to Asia Pacific Baptist Aid (APBAid) to help meet the immediate needs of families affected by the storm. APBAid is the relief arm of the Baptist World Alliance’s Asia Pacific Baptist Fellowship.
The storm that hit the central Philippines Friday is being called one of the strongest typhoons in history, with some predicting death tolls to reach 10,000.
Ruble will assist Feraz Legita, acting director of APBAid, based in Iloilo City. Ruble is experienced in disaster response and helped direct CBF’s response to the tsunamis in Indonesia from 2004-2010.
Last week, CBF announced a $2,500 grant to Conscience International to support local teams in Cebu City and North Cebu in delivering truckloads of bottled water in the affected areas, potentially reaching an estimated 78,000 people with a 30-day supply of purified drinking water over the next few weeks.
David Harding, CBF international disaster relief manager, said the $10,000 gift to APBAid will help provide food, drinking water, blankets and other immediate relief needs to typhoon victims.
“There are more than 10 million people impacted by Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines,” Harding said. “CBF is coming alongside APBAid to help it plan, direct and respond to immediate needs with a $10,000 USD grant to supply water, food and shelter. Beyond the immediate needs, there will be a long-term recovery and development effort as there has been in past responses in the region.
“The destruction is reminiscent of the tsunamis that hit Southeast Asia in 2004. CBF worked for six years with APBAid in response to that disaster, so we have a long track record of trust and commitment to effective and efficient work. This partnership will offer the hope and love we have in Christ for both recovery and development in a way that empowers people through local church congregations.”
Donations to assist in Disaster Response, including this effort to respond to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, can be made online here or by mailing a check payable to “CBF” with Acct. 17000 in the memo line to:
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
P.O. Box 101699
Atlanta, GA 30392-1699
CBF collaborates with partners in the region, including Conscience International and the Asia Pacific Baptist Fellowship of the Baptist World Alliance, and it has a long-standing relationship with APBAid.
“These are our friends. Our hearts are broken for all those who are affected by this devastating disaster,” said Jim Smith, CBF interim coordinator of Global Missions. “We want to help these loyal, loving friends of our Fellowship any way we can.”
CBF is a fellowship of Baptist Christians and churches who share a passion for the Great Commission and a commitment to Baptist principles of faith and practice. The Fellowship’s mission is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.