The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship sent $3,200 this week to help address the aftermath of flooding in the Philippines. CBF field personnel Cindy and Ryan Clark serve in the Philippines are assisting with the response.
Tropical Storm Sendong brought massive flash floods in the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, and Dumaguete over the weekend of Dec. 17-18. It left around 1,200 dead and still more than a thousand missing. The United Nations said last week that the storm has created “huge” humanitarian needs on the island of Mindanao, the scene of the worst devastation.
Financial contributions are pouring in as part of the U.N.’s $28 million campaign to deal with the immediate problems.
“As the professor of pastoral care and counseling at the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary, I am also a staff counselor and CPE supervisor with the Bukal Care and Counseling Center which is directed by our pastor, Joel Aguirre, and staffed by Bob and Celia Munson, Virginia Baptist Mission Board missionaries,” Ryan Clark wrote in a memo to the CBF staff in Atlanta.
“Last week the Bukal staff went to Cagayan de Oro to do an assessment and train ministers and other volunteers in stress debriefing and psychological first aid. While there, they connected with Richard Gordon, who is chairman of the Philippine Red Cross as well as a senator. The U.N., in concert with Sen. Gordon, have become intensely concerned over the past week over the incidents of suicide among survivors as well as the psychological fatigue among volunteers,” Clark said.
CBF funds will be used to facilitate and expand clinic pastoral support and volunteer training within the next week. A seven-member team will partner with the Disaster Response Team of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, a local Baptist congregation called Home Church and the Philippine Red Cross over four days.
To contribute to the ongoing response in the Philippines with a credit card, go online or call (800) 352-8741. To make a contribution by mail, send your check payable to Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, P.O. Box 101699, Atlanta, GA., 30392. To designate your gift, indicate account number 17000 Disaster Response in the memo line.
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