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Super Typhoon Devastates Villages

Typhoon Haima respected no one. In some villages, every house was damaged, and many were flattened. Pilot Zach Keller and support personnel in town are trying to extend a helping hand to these overlooked villages. But their own houses are damaged, electricity is off, and the water supply is minimal.

You can help by donating to the NTM Disaster Relief Fund below.

Super Typhoon Hits

“We are safe but this storm is really scary. Neighbors are losing their roofs, trees down everywhere. The wind is intense and unrelenting,” wrote Zach’s wife, Jane, the night super typhoon Haima ripped through Northern Luzon island in the Philippines October 19, 2016.

Despite their own losses, Zach and Jane headed to the hangar the day after the storm and removed the twisted hangar doors. Zach loaded the undamaged R44 helicopter with supplies and took off for a devastated village. His own house would have to wait.

But help is arriving.

This past Monday, pilot Brian Schaadt flew to the Philippines from the USA, and pilot Brian Pruett flew the R44 helicopter from the southern Philippines to Luzon in the north. There they’ll join Zach to make relief flights and repair damage.

And there's a lot of rebuilding to do.

'All but three houses were damaged,' wrote missionaries from one of the villages. Most of their own roof was ripped off, allowing salt water and sand to drench their house. ”
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“All but three houses were damaged,” wrote missionaries from one of the villages. Most of their own roof was ripped off, allowing salt water and sand to drench their house. “Many homes are completely gone,” wrote their coworkers. They used their own funds to have the first load of nails, tarps, rope and gasoline for the chainsaw flown in by Zach.

Pray for Brian, Brian, Zach and their NTM support coworkers as they procure supplies to fly into hard-hit and often overlooked areas like these villages. Pray for stamina despite the heat and humidity. Pray they can find materials even though stores in town were also damaged and the demand for building materials will be high.

You can help ease the burden by ensuring they have enough finances for the flights and for the purchase of fuel, food packs, and construction materials.

Tags: Disaster Relief, Helicopter, Philippines
POSTED ON Oct 26, 2016