As survivors of a massive typhoon in the Philippines face the grim devastation of the storm, the U.S. Marines are on the ground helping with relief efforts.
There are also folks here in Alabama who are contributing to the relief. Living Word International is a ministry that was founded by Jerry Vaughn who lives in Cedar Bluff. For the last 8 years, he and his team have gone to the Philippines twice a year to teach churches about mentoring, leadership and even how to establish businesses in their community.
In fact, Vaughn he usually goes to the Philippines every November and was supposed to be there Friday when the typhoon hit. But his schedule just didn't allow him to go this month. News of the typhoon has hit him hard. He is now organizing a relief effort and that money will go to Christian Frontier Ministries (CFM).
CFM is currently on the ground in Samar Island passing out food, bottled water, toiletries and medicines.
"There's not anyone in the Philippines that hasn't been affected by this," said Vaughn. "I was telling my wife and I keep thinking about our family...if this was us. They don't need help in one month, they need help right now. They need food right now. They need medicine right now. So we appreciate your prayers and your donations. We're trying to get it there as quick as possible and get it in their hands for use," Vaughn said.
If you'd like to donate, you can do so by going directly to the website for Christian Frontier Ministries at http://www.cfm-network.org/. You can follow CFM updates on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ChristianFrontierMinistries/.
Several other organizations are accepting donations that will be used to help typhoon victims:
American Red Cross https://www.redcross.org/donate/index.jsp?donateStep=2&itemId=prod4650031
Catholic Relief Services emergencies.crs.org
Convoy of Hope www.convoyofhope.org
Doctors without Borders http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/
Habitat for Humanity www.give2habitat.org/home
International Medical Corps internationalmedicalcorps.org
International Rescue Committee https://www.rescue.org/donate/typhoon-haiyan
Mercy Corps http://www.mercycorps.org/typhoon
Operation Blessing International www.ob.org
Phillipine Red Cross http://www.redcross.org.ph/
Salvation Army https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/TyphoonHaiyan
Save the Children www.savethechildren.org
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee http://www.jdc.org/
World Food Program: https://www.wfp.org/donate/typhoon-philippines-b
World Vision www.worldvision.org/
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