I love it when a plan comes together, especially when it is God’s plan. On March 15, 2014, the plan was in place, and Pastors Willy and Vicky moved from Tarlac City to Tacloban City. By car, this is a more than a 24-hour move. Their plan was to distribute roofing sheets to people who lost their roofs during the typhoon. This would give them an opportunity for connection to the community.
In the first two months, they had distributed sheets to 44 homes in one area and 22 in another. They requested the roofs be painted red so you can see which houses were given new roofs. The picture gives a view from the top with several homes “seeing red.” The best part of the ministry is the relationships built with people who have started attending house churches as new believers. In two months, they already had two worshiping groups meeting weekly with more than 50 in attendance.
The people of the Philippines are such giving people, despite what little they may have. If you are visiting, they will prepare a meal or an afternoon merienda (snack) from what little they have. Many of the locals lost their families in the typhoon. Some parents lost all their children; children lost all of their family members. In fact, in one family alone, 26 people died.
A woman survived with all eight of her children by clinging to trees while the storm surge hit. By God’s miraculous grace, they all survived. This was not the case for many, as more than 6,000 people lost their lives in Typhoon Yolanda. The area was devastated, yet the people still show love and hope.
Pastors Willy and Vicky have committed to stay three years to help those in need and to build up leaders in the church. They live sacrificially and have a true heart for glorifying God in their daily lives. They yearn to do more for the families of Tacloban City.
To be continued …
By Shane Christopher, Development Officer, Every Community for Christ