LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - A Laurel-based, Christian missionary organization with strong ties to the Philippines is appealing for donations to help re-build churches, bible schools and other buildings destroyed by last week's devastating typhoon. Grace International World Outreach is trying to raise $100,000 to help thousands of people affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
For more than 30 years, Grace International has been serving people in the central Philippines.
They have more than 300 workers who run pre-schools and homeless rescue centers. Many of those structures, along with dozens of churches, were destroyed in the storm.
"As of now, they have told us that they have lost no pastors or workers, but there have been injuries," said Darrell Hutto, co-director of Grace International World Outreach. "So, right now, we're trying to make the public aware of this as a tremendous opportunity to step up to the plate and make a difference in the lives of a lot of people," he said.
If you'd like to donate, you can go online to www.giwo.org/donate.html or mail a donation to P.O. Box 1952, Laurel, Mississippi 39441.