Baptist Global Response

Filipinos lead out in post-Haiyan reconstruction

By Lily Jameson

CAMOTES, Philippines — Just a month after Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines, Filipino partners of Baptist Global Response already were leading out in reconstruction efforts.

A BGR disaster response expert and several Southern Baptist volunteers recently traveled to the Camotes Islands to train two Filipino partners, pastor Adore Sabido and his wife, Hope, to conduct disaster assessment and response. In turn, the couple traveled by bus, boat and motorbike to pass on that knowledge to other national partners.

The Sabidos trained members of a community development team already working in the area. Not only did the couple explain how to evaluate damage but they also instructed the team on how to help survivors handle loss.

“With your heart, grieve with people who are grieving,” Adore Sabido told them during training. “Cry with them.”

After training, the team members spread out, visiting more remote villages to assist with recovery. Sabido estimated that rebuilding these villages would take years, not months.

In the meantime, the community development team planned to continue visiting villages, interviewing survivors. They planned to discuss rebuilding homes, replanting crops and restoring water sources.

“We have been praying since the typhoon, that if BGR will be able to offer help, Camotes would be included,” BGR national partner Liza Mercado said. “There is so much need in the Philippines. We need the Lord to show us where to go.”

Lily Jameson writes for Baptist Global Response. This article produced with reporting from a field correspondent. If you would like to help provide for people on the Camotes Islands who still struggle in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, visit the donation page.

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