2 December, 2014 Typhoon Hagupit local Philippines named Ruby has formed. 2 days after, it become into Super Typhoon category 5. Subsequently, Hagupit begin weakening before making landfall in Eastern Samar as Category 3 typhoon.
When Hagupit turns into Super Typhoon, local government has issue Zero Evacuation policy, around 1 million population has taken their shelter in evacuation center, school, churches and government building to prepare for the worst to be happen as the local community has already experienced from another Super Typhoon – Haiyan a year ago.
CREST Malaysia has provided financial aids to our local partners before the typhoon making landfall in Philippines. With the balance from Haiyan respond fund, CREST Malaysia has agreed to provide USD 3,000 each for our local partner in Cebu (Arapal Church Camp) and Tacloban (Omega Disaster Relief – RASFI) to stock up food and water supply or immediate needs after Hagupit landed. Hagupit first made landfall over Dolores, Eastern Samar on 6 December.
It has been a long time since CREST had conducted wilderness training. On 17-18 March, 15 participants pitched their own tents at the basic wilderness survival, search and rescue practice. We are grateful to you for your prayer covering and to God for our safety throughout the training.
Many lessons learnt in the classroom were put to practice. To the participants, I hope you will remember the lessons as well as the fun. To the facilitators, thank you so much for being such an awesome team in your service.
How have you been doing this far as the Executive Director of CREST? This question was asked by Lana Wong, who had served in the same position the 10 years before me. Her question left me speechless and my mind just went blank. I shook my head and answered that without God’s grace and mercy, I would never have been in this position to serve Him. Never, never and never…
In answering this simple question, I am counting my cost to follow Jesus. In fact, we are all doing the same thing, only in different ways. We shall not give up no matter what challenges and obstacles lie ahead of us. I give thanks to God for He has enabled and provided for us to serve the nations in Crisis.
As this New Year and Chinese New Year was being celebrated everywhere, CREST has been kept busy monitoring the weather for Kelantan and Johor. During both new year eves, we received alerts from our friends and CREST has sent aid to empower our partners in Kota Bharu and Segamat.