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How to Help Our Friends in the Philippines

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Many of you remember that last year, Mike Horton spent some time in the Philippines teaching and ministering with friends there. Our "man in Manila," Nollie Malabuyo, has been in contact with us and sent this summary, which includes information on how to help those who have been directly affected by the disaster:

News reports on Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation of our country seem to be getting worse by the day.   Tens of thousands are dead, many of them left unburied. Homes, churches, and buildings are destroyed. Looting and violence are starting to take over the streets. The government is overwhelmed.

From the reports of foreign missionaries who have worked in these areas for years, even decades, their mission buildings suffered great damage, and Christian brothers and sisters have also lost their homes and fields, and many also died.

The news reports focus on the big cities, particularly Tacloban. But there is a big swath of destruction left behind by the typhoon (see enclosed map).

A group of Reformed people in Manila is meeting to discuss how God can use this time of trouble to spread the gospel and assist many in the devastated areas.

Please pray for this effort. None of us has ever been involved in rebuilding efforts after a disaster.

This will be a long-term rebuilding of many parts of the country.  Besides larger relief agencies, the following domestic links are reliable (theologically and financially).

On the Rock Ministries, Boracay

Dan and Tori Beaver (Facebook). Serving the Ati people and tourists. Church, school, Bible school

The Hope Foundation, Inc., Tacloban City, Leyte

Larry & Bobby Womack (Facebook). Serving the poor. Bible school/institute

Paul & Margie Varburg (Facebook), Tacloban City

Dennis & Marilou Drake, International Deaf Education Association. They have a website for Bohol Earthquake Relief.

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  • Guest - Nollie Malabuyo

    Unfortunately for us Reformed, I don't think there is any Reformed/Presbyterian church in these places. For now, the urgent need is relief, and your donations to the above organizations are badly needed. Months ago, my wife and I scheduled a visit to the Boracay on Dec. 9-13, so we'll see for ourselves. Hopefully, we can visit other hard-hit areas.

    Over the long-term rebuilding efforts, we can establish relationships with these communities through work-teams. Our Reformed group in Manila will discuss other possibilities. Foreign groups are welcome to send work-teams as part of the rebuilding, and this will be very helpful in establishing relationships. Christmas break and next summer are probable dates (although the Christmas break might be too soon). Obviously, to be able to do this, we have to establish a rebuilding fund.

    Other ideas will be very helpful.

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  • Guest - Nollie Malabuyo

    To those who might get letters of appeal for donations, there are many who call themselves "Reformed" or "Presbyterian" who google Reformed organizations and churches who have selfish motives. Please check with me before you commit, because I'm well-acquainted with most Reformed people in the Philippines.

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  • The CRWRC (called World Renew) now is a reliable and trustworthy organization still, despite the problems with the CRC as a denomination.

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