Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Disaster in the Philippines

My heart is heavy as I look at images and hear reports of the devastation caused by typhoon Haiyan last week.

So many lives lost.

So many lives displaced.

So much destruction and devastation.

The people of the Philippines need us. Yesterday on Compassion's blog, there was a great post about things to consider when choosing a charity to donate to in times of crisis. I highly recommend you read it yourself (HERE), but the three main points are these:

  1. Was the nonprofit working there before the disaster?
  2. Will the nonprofit stick around after the disaster?
  3. How will your donation be used?
Shaun Groves also wrote a great post on his blog about the importance of researching charities. He claims that it's unloving to do nothing and naive to just do something. Take a little time and research the charity or organization you plan to donate to. He gives you four concrete ways to do a little research (HERE).

If you choose to donate through Compassion, you can do so HERE. They have set up a donation site that will be updated as information becomes available. You can also click on the image in the side bar of this blog.

In the meantime, do you have a child you sponsor or correspond with in the Philippines? If so, please leave your child's name in the comments and I will pray for them by name. I would encourage you to look through the comments and pray for any named child as well. 


  1. Jill, I am so sad this week. We just sponsored a little girl from the Philippines, Jercelyn, this past month. We had just sent her our first letters a few days before this typhoon struck...she wouldn't have even gotten them yet. We are praying so hard for her and hoping that somehow, through Jesus, she can feel our love. Thank you for praying along with us! Debbie

    1. Praying for sweet Jercelyn right now! Thank you for sharing. I will keep her in my prayers every day. If or when you do get a report, please let me know.

      I know exactly how you feel in the waiting and uncertainty. We sponsored a girl through Compassion in Haiti right before the big earthquake a few years ago. It was agony not knowing if she was alive or safe. It turns out she was both - thank God!.

    2. Hi Jill, We did hear from Compassion that all of the sponsored children in the Philippines did survive the disaster. Jercelyn's home was damaged, but she and her family are okay. Thank you so much for mentioning this on your blog and helping to pray!

    3. I'm so glad to hear this...thank you for the update.

  2. We just started sponsoring Carlo. He's going to be Michael's writing buddy and like Jecelyn we haven't even gotten to send our first letter yet. thank you for praying!

    1. Praying for Carlo and his family. Do you know which island he lives on?