Typhoon Haiyan Relief

You can find out about the ways that YWAM and RescueNet are providing relief to victoms of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philipines, and how you can be praying and help in the relief efforts at: http://www.ywam.org/blog/2013/11/11/typhoon-haiyan-relief/

If you would like to donate to the Philippine Councel of Evangelical Churches relief efforts, you can send your doantions to:
Account Name: Phil. Relief & Development Services,Inc.
Peso Savings Account: 003980000251
Bank Name: BDO
Bank Address: Anonas-Kamias, Q.C.
or
Dollar Savings Account: 103980032226
Bank Name: BDO
Bank Address: Anonas-Kamias, Q.C
Routing # 021-000089
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Please indicate: "FOR HAIYAN-YOLANDA SURVIVORS"
Please email when you deposit for proper monitoring,

For more information, please contact:
Bishop Efraim Tendero
National Director
Email: bishopef@pceconline.org
Telephone: (+63) 29131655-57 

By Adrian Young

Pray and Give to Japan

We are partnering with CRASH Japan to help provide aid to victims of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck the northeastern coast of Japan.

If you would like to give to help aid the relief efforts, you can give through our Singapore Account:

Standard Chartered Bank 
6 Battery Road 
SINGAPORE 049909 

A/C Name: YWAM Asia Relief & Development 
A/C # : 01-7-402737-0 
Routing #: CHIPS UID - #0057 220 
SCB  NY - A/C 3582 088 503001 
SWIFT #: SCBLSGSG 
Ref: Japan Tsunami

or through YWAM Texas for tax deductible receipts from US citizens and the reference on another note saying donation is  to YWAM-Mercy  - Japan Tsunami

Send checks to:
YWAM Tyler Accounting Department
P.O. Box 3000 
Garden Valley, TX 75771

By Adrian Young

Catastrophe in Pakistan prompts an immediate Emergency YWAM Relief Response

 

What is Happening right NOW

The monsoon rains are causing the worst flooding in Pakistan since 1929 and extremist groups are making the most of it, delivering food aid where the government and army are nowhere to be seen.

We want to be there for the people too. Help us to help them.

We especially want to reach out to the poorest most marginalised groups affected by the floods,

Last time there was a flood in Sindh we were there, mobilising our trusted Rapid Response Teams - getting food and supplies to people neglected by agencies of any kind.

Now the Government is specifically appealing to us to do it again. They know we can be trusted to deliver. It is vital we are able to respond to this call.

We want to help people in everyway we can. NOW.

Not only are our volunteers ready, but so are the students in our current training programme in Pakistan. They will interrupt their course to join our

RAPID RESPONSE RELIEF EFFORT

But we need your help!

We have manpower and know how, but the funds are with you! Let us work together.

The disaster is already on a scale beyond imagination and it is getting worse.

Please give generously, we will work hard, aiming to deliver your aid to needy people soon after we receive your gift.

For more information on how to give, please visit the YWAM Relief website.

 

 

By Adrian Young

Haiti Earthquake Response

Message from Hope Force International:

"Please join us in praying for the people of Haiti,one of the poorest nations on earth. By now, most of us are aware of the powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the island nation of Haiti at approximately 4:00 PM CST Tuesday afternoon. The devastation has been overwhelming, and the suffering beyond comprehension. The fullness of the death toll and destruction is still yet to be determined, but is undoubtedly on a scale unlike anything this impoverished nation has endured in recent history."

The following agencies are helping in the relief effort in Haiti following the devastation of the earthquake:
Mercy Works
YWAM-Haiti
Hope Force Internaitonal
Rescuenet 

Donations

You can give online to YWAM's contribution to the relief effort in Haiti at: Haiti Relief Donations

 

By Adrian Young

From Tragedy to Transformation

 

The devastation from the tsunami that hit the rim nations of the Indian Ocean on December 26, 2004 has been the worst in Asian history. YWAM, along with many other agencies, has been active in the efforts to rebuild shattered lives and communities. What has God been saying to us as we have served those affected by the earthquake and tsunami?

Steve Goode, YWAM’s Vice President of Mercy Ministries, has been a point person for coordinating our response in Southeast Asia. Based out of Bangkok for 25 years, Steve’s long-term involvement in the region has prepared him well for the delicate roles of providing care for local families and YWAM staff and interfacing with NGOs and governmental agencies for the long-term rebuilding of devastated communities.

As the devastation has affected every area of life, we have been confronted with a unique opportunity. Steve reflects, "The tsunami has required us to respond to needs of every kind, from recovering dead bodies to providing care and counseling to the victims while simultaneously interacting with government, business, community, health, education and religious leaders."

A quick overview of some initiatives demonstrates the holistic, integrated nature of the work. In education, YWAM worked to get children back to school as quickly as possible. Addressing emotional needs, YWAM set up counseling centers for victims and caregivers. Utilizing the arts, YWAM created opportunities for all ages to engage in art and music projects to deal with their emotional trauma. One little boy said, "They have helped me to smile again."

 Responding to economic hardship, 70 percent of the fishing industry was destroyed by the tsunami, so YWAM has mobilized entire communities to rebuild boats, nets and factories that make doors and windows, so new workers can provide vital components for the thousands of houses that need to be built.

Much of the planning for these activities took place in town hall meetings. “We’ve learned that it’s vital to involve the local community and its leadership in ownership from the beginning. They set priorities, identify needs and evaluate options for their future,” notes Steve.

As a mission, we often serve as a catalyst for new initiatives, and facilitate networking amongst different groups. Steve notes, “In Thailand, YWAM is participating with a consortium of 2,600 Christian churches and agencies to rebuild lives. This has also happened in India and Indonesia, and Sri Lanka has just asked how this can be done there as well. It’s a real testimony to the unity, commitment and expertise of the body of Christ when the people see how we can assist them.”

As devastating as the tsunami has been, God’s been at work to bring blessing in the midst of tremendous suffering. As we listen for His heart in how to evaluate, listen to people’s stories, respond and communicate in a holistic, integrated manner, God shows up and we and the people we serve are never the same again.

 

By Adrian Young

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