Adventist Community Services mobilizes support efforts in wake of Typhoon Yutu

Humanitarian group also continues to supply distribution for Hurricane Michael relief

November 05, 2018
/ Donalsonville, Georgia, United States
/ Adventist Community Services/NAD Communication

Adventist Community Services mobilizes support efforts in wake of Typhoon YutuACS volunteers lay protective covering over an exposed home. [Photo: Adventist Community Services]

Devastation brought on by the year’s strongest storm to date, which slammed into the Northern Mariana Islands on October 24, activated response efforts by Adventist Community Services (ACS) in the North American Division’s Guam-Micronesia Mission. The Category 5 Typhoon Yutu destroyed more than 100 homes and buildings, killed two people,* and flooded roads, especially on the Saipan and Tinian islands. Residents also experienced widespread power loss, which continues to persist. The islands, which include Saipan, Tinian, and Rota, are home to more than 52,000 with the vast majority living in Saipan.

"Not surprisingly, we don’t have electricity yet," said Mark Bugbee, principal of Saipan Seventh-day Adventist School. Bugbee reported that the school is running its generator when needed. "It is going to take some time to get the school up and running again. Our biggest problem is water," he said. "Our tanks will only last a few days. We are having a work bee on Sunday, and I hope to have quite a bit of the downed trees, and debris cleaned up."

Bugbee added, "But God has been very good to us. Many schools are completely destroyed. We lost our awning, our bleachers, a shed, the roof to the trailer, and have extensive damage to our grounds, but the school building is intact."

Reports have come in that 80 percent of the San Antonio Seventh-day Adventist Church in Saipan has been completely destroyed. [Read a Bible worker’s personal account.]

Guam ACS director, Max Mays, has committed to purchasing supplies for the island’s relief efforts. Further, Mays has coordinated efforts with the Ayuda Foundation, a medical non-profit organization in Guam, to secure the transport of the supplies to territory. Currently, ACS in Guam reports that the only flights being allowed into Saipan are humanitarian.


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