SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A Filipino missionary temporarily living in Springfield is eager to return home to his friends and family in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
Wilfredo Cal, a native to the Philippines, said he’s been in constant communication with his wife and family living in his hometown of Binalbagan. Their home is located about 50 miles south of where Typhoon Haiyan made landfall.
"In the northern part of Negros Occidental, my wife told me that's it's just totally washed out… I mean that all, all the houses are just turned down,” said Cal.
Cal has been living in Springfield while doing work with Crossfire Ministries. He said he's feeling helpless, seeing pictures of the devastation and disbelief on the face of others.
“You see this man over here? He's just worrying that his house is now is a piece of materials,” Wilfredo said.
Crossfire Ministries has three churches that were heavily damaged in the deluge near Lakawon Island.
"They just… just don't know what to do. Because their home is gone and somebody who is a member of the family is gone … it is beyond imagination,” said Cal.
The displaced population in th ePhilippines desperately needs bottled water, food, clothes and sleeping mats. Cal said the average Filipino family lives on $100 a month, and only the middle class families have running water and stronger bamboo houses.
Wilfredo Cal said he’s looking forward to returning home and helping out his compatriots any way he can.
“There is still a way out, but how... We don't know... Only god knows about that,” said Cal.
For those looking to send aid to The Philippines, here are three options that are directly providing help to citizens displaced by Typhoon Haiyan.
CROSSFIRE WORLD OUTREACH
942 28TH ST, SPRINGFIELD OR 97446