Making a Difference in the Philippines

January 22 2014

Making a Difference in the Philippines

About a month ago, from December 16-20, 2013, our Every Community for Christ Philippines coordinator, Mar Ocampo, and two fellow pastors and ECC workers, Roehl Rivera and Willy Galzote took a 5-day exploratory trip to Tacloban City, Philippines, to access the damage from the November 2013 typhoon and determine how One Mission Society and our denomination of churches in the Philippines, Faith Evangelical Church of the Philippines, can best help in this area. Here is a brief report from Mar.

We flew to Tacloban City on December 16 with a confidence that God would guide and help us with our exploratory mission. Before the airplane had touched the ground, we saw the panoramic view of the extent of the devastation. The ruins are indeed heartbreaking; even worse than what we have seen on the television. 

While on our way to our first destination, we saw the unbelievable destruction all around the area, plus we heard the stories from our driver on how thousands of people were killed instantly when the typhoon surge hit Tacloban City. His son, who is a policeman, was on duty at the airport, has been missing since the typhoon. 

From day one until we returned home, the trip was filled with divine meetings, being in the right place, at the right time, to meet the right people.

Our future plans are to return to Tacloban City to focus our relief and rehabilitation activities, starting with purchasing corrugated metal sheets to cover the roofs of all the houses that lost them in the typhoon. The team also plans to build relationships and share the Gospel with the people. 

We hope to begin work there the first week of February 2014, but this is subject to approval of OMS and FECPI. We thank God for directing our path to all the right people we needed for future ministry connections. 

Rev. Marcos M. Ocampo, ECC Country Coordinator, Philippines

Let’s Make a Difference

This July, Dynamic Women in Missions will be partnering with the ministries of Faith Evangelical Church of the Philippines to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, who is not only the “missing piece” of the puzzle, but also the “missing peace” in people’s lives in the midst of storms.

As a member of our team, you will have the opportunity to use your unique gifts, abilities, personality and life experiences to minister to and alongside Filipino women and children.  Opportunities may include children's ministry, leading and sharing in praise and worship services, outreaches, mini-retreats for women, teaching values education classes in a local high school, and encouraging Filipino women in ministry. Total cost is approximately $2,700. If interested, please contact Dynamic Women today at DWinMissions@onemissionsociety.org.

Donations are also still needed. We have set up account #408056 ― Asia Pacific Typhoon Relief fund to receive donations. OMS will distribute funds to our regional partners and ministries as funds become available. 

To give online, go to http://www.onemissionsociety.org/give/express-give and use account #408056 in the project box, or send a check to One Mission Society, P.O. Box 1648, Monument, CO 80132-1648, and on the memo line put “#408056 ― Asia Pacific Typhoon Relief.”

Thank you for your support through finances and prayers for the victims, missionaries, and ministries in this region.

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Philippines Typhoon Disaster...One Month Later

December 11 2013

Philippines Typhoon Disaster...One Month Later

It's been only a month since the tragic typhoon hit the Asia Pacific region, especially the Philippines, yet we hear very little, if anything, in the news about what is happening there today. OMS continues to work strategically with our national partners there, along with sending an OMS missionary who lives in the region to coordinate the efforts, and soon, we hope to send teams to help.

Relief funds are still desperately needed. This is how you can help today. Send your donation to One Mission Society, a ministry you know and trust. We have set up account #408056 ― Asia Pacific Typhoon Relief fund to receive donations. OMS will distribute funds to our regional partners and ministries as funds become available. 

To give online, go to http://www.onemissionsociety.org/give/express-give and use account #408056 in the project box, or send a check to One Mission Society, P.O. Box 1648, Monument, CO 80132-1648, and on the memo line put “#408056 ― Asia Pacific Typhoon Relief.”

Thank you in advance for your support through finances and prayers for the victims, missionaries, and ministries in this region.

Here is a personal account from OMS missionary Kim Burdick, who served in the Philippines for many years with OMS, who has corresponded with a Filipino friend deeply affected:

Marites (Tes) Marcelino (pictured from a few years ago, seated in the middle, along with OMS missionaries Keith and Judy Kennedy and Brent Burdick, with other Faith Fellowship members) is an active member of Faith Fellowship Aurora (an OMS-related church) and works at a local bank in Manila. She is from Mohon Tanauan Leyte in the Philippines, one of the hardest hit areas from Typhoon Haiyan, located south of Tacloban City on the coast. Tes lost 100 members of her family in the typhoon, but she said she wanted to focus on those who lived. 

When I wrote to let her know that we were praying for her, she replied, "Thank you so much Ate Kim... I still believe that God is in control inspite of what happened..."

According to what mutual friends told me, she had been waiting for almost two weeks for any news from her family, due to the phone lines being down. Eventually, her mother and two other family members were evacuated to Manila and found Tes. They shared the news of what had happened to much of their family clan.  

Please pray for Tes and her family. Here are a few specific requests from Tes for those affected:

1. First of all, for them to know God in their lives personally. 2. Rebuild their shelter/house 3. Source of income. Most of them are farmers and fishermen 4. Recovery from trauma, especially for my nieces/nephews whose parents were killed. 5. Some of my cousins are still missing.

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Asia Pacific Relief Needed

November 14 2013

Asia Pacific Relief Needed

Year after year, the people of the Asia Pacific region hold their breath in anticipation of the next typhoon/cyclone, tropical disturbance, or severe flooding due to the tropical cyclone season from November 1 – April 30.

This past Friday, Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines, causing widespread destruction and killing thousands. 

Some meteorologists report that this might be the most powerful storm to ever hit land. According to CNN, “The typhoon was 3.5 times more forceful than Hurricane Katrina, which hit the United States in 2005. It wasn’t the storm’s 250-kph (155-mph) gusts that caused most of the damage—it was a mammoth storm surge that reached up to 5 meters (16 feet) high.”

The storms triggered landslides, uprooted trees, and destroyed homes and entire communities as its destructive forces moved quickly though the islands.

Early Monday, powerful winds also forced thousands to evacuate their homes in northeastern Vietnam. Destruction, to some extent, is evident throughout the Asia Pacific region.

OMS will send relief to the areas of the Asia Pacific region where we have ministries and workers on hand to do the most good. In one country, we have "boots on the ground," ready to put his military and relief experience to work to get immediate help into the hands of those that need it most.

Today, six days later, in many areas of the Asia Pacific region, we still see: No electricity. No food. No water. Widespread looting. Dead bodies scattered on the streets. Missing people. Hospitals overrun with patients. Houses and buildings demolished. And medical supplies running out.

This is how you can help today. Send your donation to One Mission Society, a ministry you know and trust. 

We have set up account #408056 ― Asia Pacific Typhoon Relief fund to receive donations. OMS will distribute funds to our regional partners and ministries as funds become available. 

To give online, go to http://www.onemissionsociety.org/give/express-give and use account #408056 in the project box, or send a check to One Mission Society, P.O. Box 1648, Monument, CO 80132-1648, and on the memo line put “#408056 ― Asia Pacific Typhoon Relief.”

Thank you in advance for your support through finances and prayers for the victims, missionaries, and ministries in this region.

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The Living Water Project

September 11 2013

The Living Water Project

                         

In March of this year, I traveled to the small community of Sitio Catalina, Philippines, for a water project ministry. 

Little did I know how big God is that this would also immediately turn into a church planting project!

I met up with pastor Rely and Lalaine (national OMS coworkers), then journeyed with Rely and four other men from his sending church to the small Mangyan community that previously had no water, no toilets, no electricity ... and no money. Our task was to set up tanks and pipes to bring water from farther up the mountain to their houses. As we accomplished this, we brought the message of ‘living water’ from the story of the Samaritan woman in John chapter 4. I saw the impact this was making.

One week or so later, when I returned to New Zealand, Rely began his first church service there. About a month ago, the roof was put on the new church building! How cool is that?! We praise God “who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine.” 

Pray for many Mangyan in this community and farther away to join the new believers. Pray for financial provision for Rely and Lalaine, and pray for teams to go there soon to help with electricity and toilets.

 

--Owen Brown, Director, OMS New Zealand 


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