Update: 100 Homes to Be Reconstructed by May
April 15, 2014
Gospel for Asia Compassion Services teams are on track to have reconstructed, by the end of April, 100 houses that were damaged or destroyed by Cyclone Phailin.
The teams are currently working in one of the worst-hit areas, where flooding and damaged power grids slowed recovery efforts. Many of the people are living in sheds and mud houses.
“People never expected that someone would come and build their house with bricks and cement,” said Gospel for Asia correspondent Ibhya Lall.
Local pastors and other ministry leaders are monitoring the work in each area being helped, praying over the houses as they are built. They ultimately hope to reconstruct 1,000 houses.
Compassion Services to Rebuild 1,000 Homes after Cyclone Phailin
March 12, 2014
Four months after Cyclone Phailin ravaged the Indian states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, Gospel for Asia Compassion Services teams began reconstruction efforts for the 800,000 homes either damaged or destroyed in the deadly storm.
“There are so many people still waiting for help and camping out on the roads,” said Daniel Punnose, vice president of GFA. “Their land is gone; their farms are gone; their houses are gone. They’re just trying to rebuild their lives right now.”
Hoping to ultimately build at least 1,000 homes, Compassion Services teams are reconstructing 100 houses during March and April at a cost of $3,000 each.
“The owner of the house will be taking complete ownership in helping to see the work done very fast,” said a GFA field correspondent.
Homeowners will be responsible for digging the foundations of their houses and sanitation pits. Meanwhile, Compassion Services teams continue to provide basic necessities for victims. Most recently, teams sorted and packed clothing into individual packages, which were then distributed in hard-hit areas.
“We do express our gratitude for your compassionate heart for the Phailin-affected victims . . . ,” GFA pastor Alok Peter said. “All pieces of clothing were distributed among the most needy, and we are sure that it reached the right hands.”
Over the past five months, GFA workers have seen victims respond to this compassion with curiosity about Jesus Christ.
“Their entire future has been washed away. When we are able to talk with them and pray with them, we are able to tell them that there is hope in Christ,” Punnose said. “They will come back to us pretty often and say, ‘Can you now tell us why you’re doing this, because no one does this.’”
Compassion Services team members expect to continue a concerted rehabilitation effort for the next two years. They pray they are able to build 300 homes in 2014. As you lift them up in prayer, please also consider partnering with them financially so the people of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh can not only rebuild their lives but also experience new life in Jesus Christ.
K.P Yohannan Shares about Cyclone Phailin Reconstruction
February 10, 2014
Although Cyclone Phailin was one of the greatest disasters of 2013, it has been forgotten by many. For the millions still recovering from the storm’s fury, forgetting is impossible. The storm damaged or destroyed 800,000 homes, and many people lost every earthly possession they owned. Now, hundreds of Gospel for Asia Compassion Services workers are helping these people rebuild their lives.
The original plan was to rebuild 200 homes, but it has since increased to 1,000. Teams also plan to provide education for affected children through GFA Bridge of Hope and continue giving victims basic necessities. Through it all, our workers pray that many will see and understand the love of Christ.