On Friday, 8 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan swept through the central islands of the Philippines. The super typhoon caused major destruction in the province of Leyte and its capital, Tacloban, was the worst-hit. According to United Nations’ estimates, millions of people have been affected and hundreds of thousands have been made homeless.
In the same month, New Creation Church responded by contributing to the Red Cross Haiyan Relief Funds, as well as supplying basic necessities, 13,000 tonnes of goods and medicine, four generators and a utility van to the affected towns in Catbalogan, Samar.
While the rebuilding process is underway, volunteers from our Outreach ministry partnered a local church, New Life Christian Center, and made their way to Tacloban between 10 and 14 March 2014 to bring a personal touch of warmth to the typhoon victims.
On their first day there, the team headed by Pastor Lawrence Lim, bought food supplies to feed more than 2,000 children. They also helped to pack rice for displaced families staying in a refugee camp.
Pastor Lawrence (left) and Pastor Paul Chase (right) from New Life Christian Center, Alabang, the Philippines, cooking rice for typhoon victims.
More than 2,000 children queueing up to get their free lunch.
Pastor Lawrence and our volunteers dishing out rice to the children.
Our volunteers packing rice for 500 families.
In the next two days, the team joined the Korean military to deliver food and milk to three local schools and visited a refugee camp which shelters 540 families who had lost their homes to the deadly typhoon.
Feeding children in the Philippines.
Loading up for home visits.
While there, our volunteers blessed each household with a packet of rice and shared with them the gospel of grace. Hundreds received the good news gladly and gave their lives to Jesus. Many more survivors, who were once dejected, experienced a change of heart after learning that the calamity is not a work of God, but that He is the God who brings peace and comfort.
Our volunteers bringing the good news to the people.
Saying the salvation prayer.
Though ruins still line the streets of Tacloban, the growing sense of recovery brings hope in the midst of the despair. Beloveds, as the people of the Philippines resume life in the affected areas, let’s continue to pray for peace, comfort and restoration upon the land.