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2018-09 Newsletter

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1 Thanksgiving...

Up to this September, CREST has conducted 17 trainings across 4 countries: Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and China. Due to our limited capacity in human resource and time, we are not able to accept many more requests for training.

We thank our partners who had hosted and worked hand in hand with us in crisis relief mission. We also thank individuals, organizations and churches who have funded our office operations.

In the month of August, CREST deployed teams to Philippines for post Haiyan development project and Laos flood relief. In September, we deployed a team to Lombok for post earthquake recovery. And following in the month of October, teams will be deployed to Palu, (North Sulawesi Earthquake & Tsunami), Myanmar (post Cyclone Nargis) and Laos (post flood).

We give thanks to our Almighty God, and CREST continues to seek for your continuous prayer support in the coming months. We have a busy schedule and expect ‘unexpected events’ ahead of us.

2 Disaster Preparedness & Practical Training

6 months ago, CK visited Full Gospel Church, Johor Baru. Together, we planned to do something different in our training. 6 months after the meeting, we conducted IDRN 1100 disaster preparedness and WISSAR (Wilderness Survival and Search and Rescue) at the same time in FGCJB. About 25 participants attended the one day (IDRN 1100) training and 15 participants stayed back for the next 3 days and 2 nights for WISSAR. The results were fantastic!

29-30 Sep, Touch International (Singapore) invited CREST again to conduct disaster preparedness training for their volunteers. A total of 4 batches of volunteers had been trained to date. We are looking forward to conduct Community Based Disaster Response (CBDR) in the first quarter of next year. Thank you for this wonderfully and continuous partnership.

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8-11 Sep, 4 days 3 @ Full Gospel Church Johor Bharu, IDRN 1100 and WISSAR Training.

4th batch of Touch International Group Photo

3 Prayers & Short-term Missions

14-23 Oct, Irrawaddy, Myanmar – 2nd May 2008, Cyclone Nargis made landfall in Irrawaddy Delta and more than 138,373 people lost their lives. For the past 10 years, CREST has been actively involved in Early Child Development Center (ECDC).

Dr Yoong, one of CREST director is leading a team of 10 volunteers with following objectives:-

  1. Assessment of the villages Teh Gone and Ka Na So Chaung (KNSC) around Laputta area.
  2. Assist Canning Garden Baptist Church (CGBC) Kings Kids Church (KKC) to train 80 teachers from the ECDCs from 50 centers in Pathein.
  3. Promote the OM ministries business for transformation (B4T) Business Enterprise program with a visit to Kwin Yar Phu Village outside Pathein.

28 Sep, Palu, Sulawesi, Indonesia – A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck Palu and Donggala, Central Sulawesi on 28 September. Subsequently a tsunami swept through the Talise beaches of Palu City and Donggala. The local authority reported that more than 1,500 bodies had been recovered with another 5,000 persons still missing. Our local partner arrived at Palu on the second day after the earthquake to provide immediate relief aid for the survivors and to conduct a rapid needs assessment.

CREST, together with Methodist Crisis Relief and Development (MCRD) and Touch International Singapore (TI) will jointly deploy a team of 6 volunteers (2 from each organization) to Palu from 19-26 October 2018. Our objective is to provide adequate relief supply based on assessment reports.

Kindly continue to uphold us in your prayer for our safety on the ground, and that we will receive enough funding for the ground operations and for relief supplies.

In Him We Serve,
CK Cheong
Executive Director

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