Chris, a DP alumni, is currently serving with a team of 4 people in the Philippines doing relief work after the destruction and devastation caused by the recent Typhoon that ripped through the city of Tacloban. We have the privilege to join with him and his team as the YWAM DP family to pray and support them in the work they’re doing, and for the restoration effort as a whole.
Please continue reading the update below from Chris;
Our team of four made it safely to the Philippines. On January 1st we arrived at Cebu’s International Airport and on the 2nd we traveled to the city of Tacloban (typhoon location) located on the island of Leyte. Majority of Tacloban is damaged with the outskirts being hit the hardest. The city is without power with only some places powered by a generator.
Since being here we have been able to take part in different kinds of ministries. On the 4th we joined up with a YWAM team from Kona, Hawaii (six people), and three other missionaries and helped remove debris form an orphanage. In a short amount of time, with the man power we had, we were able to clear out a fair sized area. There was a ton of rock, wood, metal, plastic and garbage that needed to be cleared. When we finished the kids unexpectedly made us lunch which was delicious! Later that afternoon we played games, sang songs, drew pictures and provided the kids with a healthy dinner. One of the activities that impacted me was having the kids draw pictures of their experience during the time of the typhoon. One girl lost 15 family members. This activity was a way of allowing them to express their emotions with intent of bringing healing.
Later this week we are looking at possibly purchasing clothing for the kids with families without homes as well as purchasing school supplies for a high school. We will also be renting a truck to distribute relief supplies like hammers, nails, saws to the outer parts of the city on Thursday or Friday.
Once again I would like to thank you all for your support and I look forward to updating you again with the different types of ministry work we are involved in.