Saturday, November 30, 2013

Philippine Typhoon - Post 18

Philippines Typhoon

Saturday November 30, 2013

Dear Friends,

We are continuing to support work in the hard hit areas of Panay, and in Samar and Tacloban.  Currently, through the medical clinics we have been told that over 300 have received Christ as Savior.

In one week two more of our medical professionals will be traveling to the Philippines.  ORH is projecting that this will cost about $6000.00 for air fare, medicines, and in-country travel.  Pray that we can do this.  The clinics are the most certain way to get the gospel to the people.

Over Thanksgiving holiday, ORH was in constant contact preparing for the next phase of our work.

This recent information came from Dan and Edna Cadavos.

"1.  You had mentioned a week or so ago that  perhaps ORH could help with the printing of the Gospel Tracts in Visayan for the Typhoon relief efforts.  30,000 were already distributed in Northern Panay - Iloilo with Bro Eric and the medical team.  We have another 60,000 ready to go as well....  Just so you know the price was based on only an order of 50,000, the Christian print shop owner gave us an additional 40,000 tracts at no additional cost!"

The cost of the tracts was approximately $650.00.

"2. Dan is returning to Iloilo on Monday the 2nd and will stay through when your doctors arrive on the 8th to clear, get shelters up and set meetings etc up.  He has 3 men from our church that he wants to bring, 2 are chain saw operators so could help immensely with the clearing a initial construction needs for the churches. The other is our church clerk who a young man who can assist in many areas, especially translation and soul winning needs.... Grand total would be $345 for the fare for 4.  Do you think that ORH could assist with their fare?  One man works for our Christian school, one is our church clerk - our school and church agreed to cover their salaries regardless of their being away, as this is a mission trip.  The 4th man is a native pastor, but also knows how to use a chain saw and is very willing to help, he is a hard worker, Dan knows he would be greatly used."

ORH has released $1000.00 for the Gospel tracts and travel costs to move these essential people into Panay.

Missionary Jim Latzko has reached his home in Tacloban.  The home is wrecked.  He rejoiced that no one was killed, because his church people stayed in his house during the storm.  Here is a report from him about the need.

"As we started going along the south coast of Samar, we were shocked.  The area we drove through looked like a nuclear blast had hit it.  Maybe a million coconut trees snapped in half or completely uprooted.   Roofs in the towns were off, and debris was everywhere.  The hills, once covered with green coconut trees, were brown.  All the way from Guiuan, Samar to Tacloban, Leyte, there is great devastation. 

It was getting dark when we arrived in Giporlos.  Smiling Manny Ramil was getting ready to have a prayer meeting with his 6 members that had arrived. There is a big hole in the side of their rented building, washed out by the typhoon.  I am wondering how I can get him to a safer and better place. Manny’s smile was as big and white as ever. 

We drove to Lawaan, where Jun Rowmawac pastors.  The typhoon took off almost the entire roof of their church building.  They have a tarp covering the gap, but the typhoon blew out the front and back walls of the church.  Jun and his sister Vanessa were staying there when the typhoon hit.  They took shelter in the bathroom.  The typhoon was so powerful, it sent the church piano tumbling across the church floor.  The wind was so strong it was pushing the bathroom walls in on them.  Vanessa and Jun pushed back and prayed.  Both of them thought they would die that evening."

ORH has just released $2018.00 to Jim to help with expenses they have alread incurred.  I hope we can do more for these very brave men and women.

ORH is attempting give at least $250.00 per pastor's home and $500 per church to help them rebuild.

There is so much destruction that many will not be helped.

Pray for the continued work overall.

Please, consider this “open door”, and let’s not hesitate to go to the harvest.

If you would like to give by debit or credit card, please go to and choose Network for Good.

If you would like to send a check, please send to Operation Renewed Hope, P. O. Box 43242, Fayetteville, NC 28309.  Please mark the check “International Relief.”

God bless all who try to help us with the suffering of others and the salvation of their souls.

Jan Milton

Operation Renewed Hope
1017 Sage Green Ct.
Raleigh, NC 27610

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