Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Philippine Typhoon - Post 19

Philippine Typhoon

Wednesday December 4, 2013

Dear Friends,

Operation Renewed Hope is attempting to help Rick Martin with his ministry needs.  Rick talked with ORH personnel about helping to rebuild the homes of pastors and the churches they represent.

Please read the excerpts from Rick's ministry which he sent to ORH.

On November 13 Rick Martin with BIMI wrote the following:

"First please pray for the family of Pastor Ed Ragracias.  He and his wife both died in the storm.  He is a pastor in Tacloban and is a graduate of a Bible School in Manila headed by Pastor Gerry Nable.  Brother Nable has been a good friend for many years."

On November 15 Rick wrote the following:

"Thursday morning at 5:00 am, Ricky and nine others (three were policement) took three jeepneys loaded with 4,000 lbs of rice and canned goods and about 400 lbs of used clothing to the devastated town of Concepcion, two hours away.  Once there they rented a large boat, loaded up all the goods, and took off for four islands that were hard hit by Thphoon Yolanda.  All the goods were given to pastors (IBC graduates) who distributed them to the people on their islands."

On November 19, Rick wrote the following:

"Our September-October prayer letter was about three blind pastors—Gabriel Della, Samson Clorion, and Lobert Garote.  In that letter we said we’d write some more about them in our November/December prayer letter.  Now, because of Typhoon Yolanda, we do want to mention these blind pastors once again, because of the damage done to their churches and homes.

Pastor Samson Clorion’s church and parsonage lies in ruins.  Pastor Jonathan Aspera’s home and church have also been destroyed.  Lobert Garote, who has two children in our Bible College, had his home destroyed."

On November 23, Rick wrote the following:

"When we got to checking around among our students, we found out that 31 of them had homes that were totally destroyed.

The IBC staff and I got together and started praying and talking about what we could do to help the parents of these students.  The amount we gave the parents who lost homes is P5000 pesos each, which is half of what we are giving the pastors who lost homes.  We had a contest between the students, the staff, and the church members.  So far the students have raised the biggest amount as they really have a burden for their fellow classmates.  We are adding some money to what they raise to help.  See picture below of most of the 31 students who lost their homes during Typhoon Yolanda."

On November 30, Rick wrote the following:

"We’d like to ask prayer for one of our second year students, Rachel.  Three days ago the body of her brother, who had been missing since the storm, was found.  He had been fishing between the island of Negros and Panay.  When the storm hit he was able to get to the fishing town of Estancia on our island and got his boat to higher ground and took cover.  However the storm surge was so great that he was swept out to sea.  His body was found in the next town 17 days later.  We gave her some money and sent her home to bury him yesterday."

ORH is hoping to give $250 per pastor's home and $500 per church.  If you can help that would be great.  We also have other needs to meet.

Pray for the two medical personnel arriving in Iloilo City on the 9th of December.
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

910 987 5072

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