Posts Tagged ‘Relief Operations’

Typhoon Haiyan Report – Wednesday Nov. 20, 2013

Written by jorupacs on . Posted in Christian Compassion Ministries, Featured News, November 2013, Relief Operation

This is a short report on CRBC/CCM Relief Work in some of the areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Levi (our member and GMA student) has gone with member Henry to the island of Leyte. Both of them are from that island. They are working together with the Sovereign Grace Bible Church of Cebu (SGBC). Pastor Paul Cuevas has already been visiting Leyte and particularly areas where there are churches. Our men have also gone there taking a truck of relief goods from Cebu City for distribution. However we have had no word from them due to the lack of communications in the area. Many of the places they were going were very badly affected. This area is south of Tacloban City one of the worst hit areas.

Packing of goods in Naga, City. Glen Manuel organizing the work

Packing of goods in Naga, City. Glen Manuel organizing the work

Our other workers have gone to Naga City in Bicol where we have been able to set up a small warehouse to sort relief goods. (Photo). Glen one of our men is overseeing the packing of relief goods. Members of the Naga Sovereign Grace Bible Church are doing the packing. In the photo are sacks of rice. They purchased 200 sacks as well as canned goods mainly sardines, biscuits and other foodstuff including bottled water. This is being sent by truck (see photos of truck) to the island of Samar.

Erwin who is our full-time church worker was able to get to Samar and has been delivering relief goods to some areas but mainly surveying what the needs are in areas not reached by government supplies. These are outlying villages many of which have been totally destroyed. He described to me this morning by phone how some away from the coast but up in the hills were devastated by the 200 mph winds. Nothing has been left. Many have died. He himself seems somewhat traumatized by his experience. He is weary and tired. He has been helped by a number of pastors of evangelical churches in that area.

Basey, Samar

Destruction at Basey, Samar

Pastor Ismael was going to join him by bus but has been stuck at the port in Sorsogon just north of Samar. One has to take a ferry for several hours to get to Samar. There are long lines of relief vehicles waiting to get across to Samar. It is a logistical nightmare. Relief is being flown in now to Tacloban by various planes, Filipino, USA and Korean etc. There is much need in Tacloban but how to get it from there to those in desperate need far from the main centres.

Erwin was describing how helicopter drops of relief supplies in outlying villages means the triumph of the strong. They get to the drop first and take the supplies. The weak and the marginalized, the ones in most desperate need are not being reached. He has been in tears. He also reports that kerosene (paraffin) needed for cooking stoves and lights has more than tripled in price due to the shortage. Some of the people of the world are often quick to make a profit out of others adversity.

Matt Gamston has gone down to help Pastor Warlito Monsalud and the brethren in Iloilo City. They are going up to the north of Iloilo province to seek to bring relief particularly to churches in those areas badly affected. In the goodness of the Lord we are expecting six brethren from churches in the USA to arrive tonight with portable water filtration units and other supplies. They hope to be able to help in Samar and possibly Leyte. We shall be sending someone to help them with translation.

Naga City

Goods were loaded ready to be delivered

Also next week we should be seeing a small medical team consisting of doctors and nurses also being able to go to Samar or Leyte. Dr Delia Lim, sister of our deacon Louie is planning to go with another doctor and backed by several of our CRBC lady nurses. We are expecting some of our CCM staff to also join the relief work by next week once we have more information of what we need to do and which areas are not really being reached by government.

One of the difficulties though is people have jobs and they cannot just up and leave without the permission of their employers.

Please continue to pray for us. Those of us who seek to hold the ropes in Manila as well as our members on the ground. Pray for the tracts and the opportunity to speak to people about Christ as well as the greatly needed practical assistance of food, water, medicine and loving concern.

There are many needy children. We could possibly take up to 12 more children

Naga City

A truck was hired to deliver the goods from Naga City going to Basey, Samar

in our CCM Children’s Homes. Reah Medenilla one of our CCM Board Members is helping with the relief work through another agency and will make known the possible help of CCM.

Many have lost their livelihood and have no immediate means of earning money. Fishermen have lost their boats and their nets, farmers have lost their crops, many have lost their homes, and others their loved ones. May the Lord help us to bring relief and hope. Above all may the Lord be pleased even to use this massive calamity to awaken many to their need of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank you for all your loving support and prayers.

Please see www.ccmmanila.org for information how to help practically the ongoing relief work which will continue for a very long time due to the need for shelter as well as food.

Pastor Brian Ellis

Yolanda (Haiyan) Relief Work in Action

Written by jorupacs on . Posted in Christian Compassion Ministries, Featured News, November 2013, Relief Operation

Basey, Samar

Destruction at Basey, Samar

Basey, Samar

Destruction at Basey, Samar

Basey, Samar

People in Basey, Samar

Packing of goods in Naga, City. Glen Manuel organizing the work

Packing of goods in Naga, City. Glen Manuel organizing the work

Naga City

Canned goods packed in Naga City

Naga City

People from a church in Naga City graciously helped us to pack the relief goods

Naga City

Relief items were bought from Naga City

Naga City

A truck was hired to deliver the goods from Naga City going to Basey, Samar.

Naga City

Goods were loaded ready to be delivered

Roro Naga City

The truck was loaded to a ship to travel by sea going to Basey, Samar. The whole travel will be about 12 hours

Relief Goods

Trucks containing relief goods from different organization are at sea

 

Message from Kalibo Reformed Bible Church

Written by jorupacs on . Posted in Featured News, November 2013, Relief Operation

Ph_locator_aklan_kalibo“I form light and create darkness. I make well-being and create calamity, I AM THE LORD, who does all these things.” (Is. 47:6)

15 November 2013

Pastors and Brethren,

First, I would like to apologize for sending this letter only this time, as there is difficulty sending wire through the net. Also, after the typhoon, our immediate task was to assess the situation by going the rounds to see what happened to members and their houses.

All souls were accounted for; there were no reports of injuries sustained by any member. For that we are very grateful to the Lord our Preserver. Another thing we are thankful to the Lord for is that the typhoon did not bring with it too much water and mud. Nevertheless, the landscape was one of rubble and ruins more than I could have conceived before; but unlike during the typhoon Frank in June 2008, we did not spend time clearing mud, though the volume of debris from broken trunks, felled trees, blown away roofs, collapsed houses, and strewn wires from electric poles, were more than what typhoon Frank left. Because of this, the skyline received more than its fair share of light and glare, as a result of trees and bushes torn, if not snapped, from their trunks. Volumes of leaves blown away rendered standing trees shorn of their green.

When we made the rounds later, and also due to communications coming from members, we found out that four (4) houses of our members collapsed; while another five (5) houses were partially damaged.

As some of you may have been made aware already, the church building – built of light materials – was struck hard by typhoon Yolanda, as what happened to innumerable structures and houses also made from native materials. The roof of the church building was blown away to the adjacent lot because of the very strong winds – the strongest so far I’ve witnessed in my entire life. As a result, the whole structure was rendered weak when the wind blew the roof off snapping in the process all the bamboo posts from where they were planted; because of this, the whole structure leaned – if you’re facing the church premises from the street – to its left. So the following Sunday we gathered at another place for worship.

The elders of the church praise God for the spirit of the members – especially those whose houses were damaged; though, at first, shock overwhelmed them, the clear teaching on the sovereignty of God, that God is the author of this calamity, gave much comfort to them, especially, in the light of other passages (especially Rom. 8:28) that show that God will definitely do good to His people, despite the seeming incomprehensible disaster that struck us. Yes, there were signs of sadness; but I thank God, as an elder of this church, there was no sign of bitterness in their hearts. The messages were centered on hammering the sovereignty of God over these things. We are blessed, indeed, for knowing that God sends these things, not out of caprice or whim, but – and we are sure about this – to do what is good (best) for His people at this time.

Another cause of praise is the immediate response of brethren from other places; having known that there are many who would want to help, and exerted much effort to communicate with us, strengthened the hearts of the brethren here – I know of a member who was moved to tears knowing that brethren from other places are willing to render aid.

Earlier this day, I got information from a staff of the electric cooperative here that 140 posts (which include those in the province of Aklan) were felled or snapped, so that it will take at least two (2) months before our province could be re-energized.

I’ve tried to attach pictures to this message, however, the line is slow in transferring them from the files to this letter. The brethren could view the pictures by going to the facebook account of our member who is presently studying in Los Banos, Laguna. Her facebook account is novelyn revesencio.

For the moment, we would like to solicit your prayers and help for the following:

1. That the lives of these members would return to normalcy soon;
2. That the houses of members could be rebuilt soon, so that they will be able to return to their normal way of life;
3. There are members who really need help, at least financially, because they have to face two things: their collapsed houses and their livelihood;
4. The safety of everyone during nighttime because total blackout is a convenient cover for criminal activities;
5. That we will be able to worship comfortably in our present worship place, and that the visitors who regularly visit us will not be discouraged from attending (as the alternative place of worship is some kilometers off from the present site, and transportation fares slash sizably their already meager budget);
6. And in relation to this, that God would provide us with the finances to be able to rebuild the worship place with stronger materials, since we expect that this phenomenon will become the new ‘normal’ for the coming years. Also, the church finances will not sustain a prolonged lease of worship place;
7. That God will give wisdom for the elders on how to distribute aid to needy members.

We seek your prayers, most especially, for the whole church to mature more out of the spiritual exercises that this providence brought us to. Our hearts also go out to the brethren and the people in Leyte whose houses and livelihood Yolanda ravaged, not to say the least thousands of lives perished.

In behalf of the elders and brethren,

Ptr. Andy Ingente
Kalibo Reformed Bible Church of
Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines

Surveying Areas Affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) – Update

Written by jorupacs on . Posted in Featured News, November 2013, Relief Operation

xcentral_philippinesErwin one of our members has left and he will be joined by a Pastor from Naga City. They will seek to rent a truck there and fill with relief goods to take by road and cross on the ferry to SAMAR.  Erwin is from Samar and they will seek to go to small towns not yet really visited. They will also seek to contact churches in the area. This is really a survey mission with others expect to join a team eventually there.

Second team of 2 members from the island of Leyte are seeking to get to Cebu city by plane. They could not get a booking until Monday.  They will then also get a truck there and relief goods to take to Leyte.  Both men are from Leyte and they will seek to contact churches they know there and assess how best we can help.

We also need to send someone to Aklan. Which is in western visayas.  North of Iloilo.  This area, Capiz and norther part of province of Iloilo were also affected. We have at last made contact and hear of the destruction of the RB Church building in Kalibo.  We will be seeking to help them rebuild but we need to contact others in the area.

We have members very concerned about family members in this area as well.

There is a team of 5 coming from the USA. The leader has experience of relief work in India and they come from a RB Church in Texas. I know the pastor. We will try and help them get to the areas affected and provide translators.

Value greatly your prayers. This is going to be a long operation because of the need to rebuild lives as well as homes.  We are beginning to collect clothing and anything we can ship to replace lost things. Churches will be helping in this way.

Thank you everyone for your prayers.

If you wish to help with donations please send money through Christian Compassion Ministries.

Send donations online: http://www.ccmmanila.org/donate

Philippines Contact Address
CCM, 44 Notre Dame St., Cubao,
1102 Quezon City, Philippines
(+632 9125062)
eap@ccmmanila.org

UK Contact Address for donations
CCM c/o Mrs. Angela Green
Netherfold, Heath Road, Woolpit
Bury St. Edmunds, IP30 9RU
UKTreasurer@ccmmanila.org

USA Contact Address for Donations
Mr. Aaron Schavey
402 Studebaker
Mishawaka, IN 46544
USATreasurer@ccmmanila.org

AUSTRALIA Contact Address
Mr. Cliff Langton
23 Kipara Road
Thagoona, Queensland 4306
australia@ccmmanila.org

NEW ZEALAND Contact Address
Warwick Worth,
P.O. Box 217237
Botany Junction, Auckland 2164
nz@ccmmanila.org

Effect of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and CRBC’s Relief Work

Written by jorupacs on . Posted in Featured News, November 2013, Relief Operation

Tacloban Survivors (Photo courtesy of the Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Manila was not affected by the Typhoon but areas in central Philippines were terrible devastated.

The worst affected area is in northern Leyte and particularly the City of Tacloban as well as parts of the large island of Samar. It is very difficult at the moment to get any personal news except what is coming over on the News Channels.

However other areas are also affected and needing help such as northern Panay, Bohol and parts of Cebu. There are Reformed Baptist churches in these areas.

Some of the members of Cubao Reformed Baptist Church have family members in these areas. We are seeking to contact them and learn more of how we can help. However in many areas communications are down.

CRBC and our CCM Foundation will be seeking to help with relief. We cannot do much at the present moment due to lack of communications almost everywhere in the typhoon affected areas. Travel is also very restricted as airports are closed and bridges and roads affected. However relief will be needed in the long term as well as the immediate needs which the government and major relief organizations are seeking to meet.

We are sending two of our members to give us better information. One of them is from the major affected area.

CRBC/CCM Relief work however seeks to work with local churches, first those which are Reformed Baptist and then other evangelical churches. We send a small team  to work with the church and its members in distributing relief goods. The gospel is also preached by our team. The extent of the present needs seem to be vast and long term relief work may well be needed as many homes have been destroyed over a vast swath of the country in many provinces. Only slowly are needs being made known.

Be assured we shall be seeking to help in any way we can. Our particularly concern is also to help fellow believers who are in desperate need but also any to whom we can be of help and comfort.

If you wish to help with donations please send money through Christian Compassion Ministries.

Philippines Contact Address
CCM, 44 Notre Dame St., Cubao,
1102 Quezon City, Philippines
(+632 9125062)

UK Contact Address for donations
CCM c/o Mrs. Angela Green
Netherfold, Heath Road, Woolpit
Bury St. Edmunds, IP30 9RU

USA Contact Address for Donations
Mr. Aaron Schavey
402 Studebaker
Mishawaka, IN 46544

AUSTRALIA Contact Address
Mr. Cliff Langton
23 Kipara Road
Thagoona, Queensland 4306

NEW ZEALAND Contact Address
Warwick Worth,
P.O. Box 217237
Botany Junction, Auckland 2164

Relief work for those affected by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

Written by jorupacs on . Posted in Featured News, November 2013, Relief Operation

Initial planning for the relief work headed by Deacon Louie Lim

Initial planning for the relief work headed by Deacon Louie Lim

Below is a statement of Pastor Brian Ellis about the recent typhoon that swept in central Philippines:

Dear Brethren

We are getting inquiries from many people about the Typhoon.

This was one of the most destructive ever according to news channels.

It did not affect Manila area but went through the Central Philippines.

Communications are down, no electricity in those areas due to poles down etc. Therefore we
have had no contact with churches or brethren in those areas. We are praying for them and
seeking to try to contact them but nothing as of the Lord’s Day morning (November 10, 2013).

We value your prayers as we seek to find out ways particularly to help our Christian brethren
and churches.

Thank you for your loving concern and prayers.

Brian Ellis

 

Since 2009, Cubao Reformed Baptist Church (CRBC) together with its benevolent arm, Christian Compassion Ministries, engages in relief operation work for those that were heavily affected by typhoon in the Philippines.  This was made possible by the donation of churches, friends and believers from abroad.  CRBC in turn reaches these affected places and distribute relief in accordance to the needs of the people which is usually food, portable water and medicine.  The Lord has been gracious by giving us churches who we can partner with in this endeavor to ensure that the relief items are given to those who are in real need but most especially to deliver the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and open the Word of God to tell people the will of God in this trying times.  As we once again look unto the Lord to help those who are badly affected, the church is planning to send relief to Tacloban, Leyte, where news reports says is 95% destroyed by the typhoon.  We do value your prayers for this work. Soli Deo Gloria!

For your donations you may contact:

Cubao Reformed Baptist Church
21 Harvard St, Cubao, Quezon City
Philippines
Tel.: 911-0626
Office Tel.: 438-4681

 

Christian Compassion Ministries

Australia
Christian Compassion Ministries
Berean Bible Church
c/o Mr. Cliff Langton, 23 Kipara Road, Thagoona, Queensland 4306
Australia

New Zealand
Christian Compassion Ministries
c/o Warwick Worth
32 Leithom Close Glenleith Dubedin 9010, New Zealand
Website: www.ccmnz.org.nz

North America
Christian Compassion Ministries
c/o Mr. Aaron Schavey
402 Studebaker, Mishawaka, IN 46544
United State of America

Philippines
Christian Compassion Ministries Foundation Inc.
44 Notre Dame St., Cubao 1102 Quezon City,
Philippines
Tel: — (632)912-5062; (632)438-4162; (632)421-6381

United Kingdom
Christian Compassion Ministries
c/o Mrs. Angela Green
Netherfold, Heath Road, Woolpit
Bury St. Edmunds, IP30 9RU, United Kingdom
Email: uktreasurer@ccmmanila.org
CCM UK – Registered Charity Number: 1084104