In late September and early October, several countries on the Asia-Pacific Region suffered from large-scale natural disasters. Two separate typhoons hit the Philippines causing landslides, flooding, and loss of life. Indonesia suffered a 7.6 magnitude earthquake on September 30, which killed more than 700 people. Samoa and American Samoa experienced an 8.3 magnitude earthquake, which triggered a destructive tsunami, leaving nearly 200 dead. In all areas affected by these natural disasters, regular transportation has been disrupted, making it difficult to deliver the needed assistance.
A number of Nazarenes in the Philippines lost their lives due to landslides and flooding. Nazarenes on the Metro Manila District were able to respond with Crisis Care Kits, clothing, and three-day food and water supplies. Some Nazarene churches were able to serve as evacuation centers. Churches in the northern provinces were flooded and rice crops were destroyed. Relief efforts continue to focus on provision of food, and assessing reconstruction needs.
Samoan Nazarenes responded with compassion for tsunami victims in that nation, where 15,000 people have been affected. Food and clothing have been gathered for distribution and monetary donations have also been given for tsunami victims.
Persons and churches wishing to make a donation can mark their checks "Asia-Pacific Disaster Relief ACM1200" and mail them to Global Treasury Services, P.O. Box 843116, Kansas City, MO 64184. In Canada, checks should be made payable and sent to the Church of the Nazarene Canada, 20 Regan Road, Unit 9, Brampton, Ontario L7A 1C3.