Saturday, December 14, 2013

Week 1 in the Philippines

As we wrap up this week, we are so thankful for grace. The fact that God has allowed each of us a part, small or large, in reaching the world with His good news is astounding. That He is redeeming the disaster of Typhoon Haiyan to redeem people for His own is incredible. We are amazed, humbled, and blessed.

On Thursday morning Garry inherited the role of relief coordinator from Tim (MAF), who had to head home after his wife fell and broke her ankle. It's been a busy week..

In Cuyo, Kevin was able to help with loading as they finished delivering food supplies. In Busuanga, they used the helicopter to do further survey work with a local pastor and made plans to deliver 17,000 kg of food aid that should arrive in Coron/Busuanga on Sunday. The Kodiak and C185 have positioned 14 barrels of fuel in the past 2 days. We received another 50 sacks of rice and other food supplies that we plan to ship to Cuyo on Monday.

We have also seen a huge reduction in staff as various people have headed back to their normal work: Nathan is flying back to Indonesia in the Kodiak today, Zach and Brian are returning the R44 to Tugegerao where it can service NTM missionaries, Brian and Joel are back in Mindanao serving NTM teams, Tim is back in Nairobi, and Danny, Don, and Jared are headed back to their ministry locations. Each of these people has been a huge part of the relief efforts.

As we look to the future, the need to rebuild housing and livelihoods is huge. Exactly how that will unfold is very unclear, but we know the One who has the answers!

Internet is incredibly slow and the number of things we're involved in is rather large, so I'll leave it short for this time...

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