With Christmas fast approaching, our co-workers in the Philippines are busy preparing for celebrations and outreach events, as well as for relief operations that are sadly required all too often in this part of the world that is prone to natural disasters.
By sourcing gifts and relief items from local suppliers, instead of sending them from New Zealand, we can not only avoid significant shipping costs and maximise the effectiveness of the programmes but also support the local economy and promote srong partnerships with local businesses.
Please take a moment to follow the updates below and prayerfully consider supporting any of these life-giving, transformative initiatives.
Field Coordinators Ps Danny & Lorie Macuha are coordinating relief support to remote Mangyan communities on Mindoro island following typhoon Visoy. We just received this latest report from Ps Danny:
Update report from Mindoro casualties and damages:
2 confirm life casualties
2 church building or chapel was totally destroyed
4 mission building was heavily damaged
3 house of Pastor was damages
Many Mangyan houses was damages and destroy.
Many crops or rice field was damages
Some of our [people] stay in safe place because of flood.
Praise God we are safe. Much [more] damaged than Yolanda [previous major typhoon]”
Ps Danny & Lorie Macuha (Field Coordinators on Mindoro island) are also planning Christmas outreaches to remote Mangyan tribal communities, to bring joy and encouragement to families living in poor conditions.
Your donation will help provide a nutritious Christmas treat and gifts for Mangyan children. Last year we purchased 400 apples as most of the children have never tasted an apple before!
Ps Rolly & Nimfa Vasey (our Field Coordinators in Cebu) are planning a large Christmas Party for 300 children and baskets of Groceries for 120 Pastors – all of them living in remote, mountain communities.
They’ve already raised 50% of the projected costs and are looking to raise an additional $1,000 for this much anticipated annual event.
Bishop Philip Gonzalez and his wife Jemima have just returned from Negros, where they installed a pastor for their most recent church plant: AGAPE DON SALVADOR ASSEMBLY. Please join with Philip in praying that God will bless this congregation in their humble beginnings.
We’ve also just received news from Bishop Philip that he is taking a local team to extend relief operations in the earthquake stricken province of Cotabato. Pastor Rendo Fuerte has reported that the church and houses in their village were badly damaged. Their first trip to the area – where rebel groups are operating – will be on 22 November and they will take hygiene kits and other essential supplies.
According to Bishop Philip …
they belong to the the Tagabawah Tribe mostly rubber tree farmers and coconut climbers with only 15 professionals among them. They cannot go back to their rubber tree farms because the mountain collapsed (landslide) The earthquake damage is so widespread because it covers several provinces. A lot of churches have been damaged …
Your donation will help fund these relief trips and allow Bishop Philip and his teams to bless the people who have been most affected through essential supplies of food, water and hygiene kits.