As Suzie Miller floated on her mattress on the second level of her home in Tacloban, Philippines, she wasn’t sure she and her husband, Carl, would survive. But she never doubted their decision to return home from Cebu City, where they had been visiting and had the choice to ride out Typhoon Haiyan.
The Millers’ home was in the path of one of the worst storms in history.
They live on the island hardest hit by the Nov. 8 typhoon.
Suzie said it was important to go through the tragedy with the people they love and serve, rather than leaving and letting their neighbors go through it alone. If they did that, Miller said, “You come back as an outsider to minister.”
International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries Carl and Suzie Miller rode through Typhoon Haiyan on a mattress floating in their bedroom. Suzie Miller said the entire experience was a testament to God’s provision and the power of prayer.
Afterward they learned the true meaning of community as neighbors shared tools, gasoline, food and other supplies. The Millers gave their Thanksgiving turkey, sealed in a freezer that floated through their home, to neighbors struggling to feed their family.
The Millers are among missionaries living and serving in the Philippines who, because of your support of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and Cooperative Program, were already on the ground to immediately begin ministering and planning relief efforts.
While Southern Baptists have responded generously to typhoon relief, sacrificial giving to the Lottie Moon offering will continue to assure that missionaries like the Millers will be among the first to bring aid and comfort when tragedy hits.
And, unlike relief organizations that respond and leave, your missionaries are there for the long haul, assuring that Jesus is known.
This year, consider a churchwide or individual gift based on the average cost of supporting a missionary:
$51,000 a year (average)
$4,250 a month
$981 a week
$140 a day
This year’s Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions goal is $175 million. The theme is “Totally His.” Visit imb.org for more details about the offering.