You Make a Huge Difference in People’s Lives

For those of you who have given to help the people of Bantayan Island, you have now become co-laborers with us in this effort to relieve the suffering of people who have no voice to the outside world.

Every grain of rice, new roof, piece of clothing, and bottle of fresh water, has your fingerprints upon it. As the Lord looks down upon us all, He views those who make it possible for the poor to receive the things they need to live, a part of the total work that is done. 

We do not go to the Philippines alone. Each one of you who have given anything to help the dear people who are suffering are just as much a part of the work as those who hand the resources to the people who need them.

The Bible is very specific in that those who give, share in the success and reward from the Lord for the good work that is done to help people. 

I personally thank you with all my heart and a tear in my eye, that you took time to care about a group of people you have never met, and have chosen to love them from such a great distance.

1 Corinthians 3:7-9 It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building (NLT)

Matthew 9:37-38 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (NKJV)

You are all laborers with us, no less than we who actually set foot on the island. You are just as much a part of the joy and thankfulness of the people who will receive your gifts, as those who place them in their hands.

Pastor Rob

CLICK HERE to Become a co-laborer with us and help the people of Bantayan Island

Teach The Word Ministries Bringing Supplies to Bantayan Island

Pastor Rob and Marissa Robinson Came to Bantayan Island in December of 2010. After selling their home in the United States, they came to Bantayan Island to establish a ministry to the poor fishermen who live along the shores of Santa Fe. Rob and Marissa live near the Pantalan, just up the beach from Beach Placid Resort, which was heavily damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

The following is from our Bantayan Island Ministry Web Site:

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Devastates Bantayan Island

ON NOVEMBER 8, 2013, A MASSIVE CATEGORY 5 TYPHOON, THE LARGEST AND MOST DESTRUCTIVE TYPHOON IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD, MADE LANDFALL ON BANTAYAN ISLAND.

 Category 5 Super Typhoon Strikes Bantayan Island

 Bantayan Island Devastated by Typhoon Yolanda

We live on Bantayan Island and have been conducting a ministry to the people of the island since December of 2010. If you would like to help the people of Bantayan Island rebuild their lives and supply the basic needs of the people such as food, clothing, shelter, and medical supplies, please consider making a tax deductible donation to help these dear people.

 We are bringing Rice, Bottled Water, Canned Goods, Clothing, and Building Materials from Cebu by truck as contributions permit. The people of Bantayan Island are currently in a very desperate situation. In Santa Fe where we live, on November 10, Joan Pasasadaba Nepangue, the owner of Beach Placid Resort informed us that over 28,000 people are homesless and starving.

 PLEASE HELP US PURCHASE FOOD AND SUPPLIES FOR THESE DESPERATE PEOPLE!

Make your donation here

See our ministry page on this site

 As a result of the catastrophic damage to Bantayan Island, many fake donation sites have recently appeared on Twitter, Facebook, and other web pages. Please be careful and make certain that the money you give to help the people of Bantayan Island is given to a reputable charitable organization.

TEACH THE WORD MINISTRIES Is a United States CHRISTIAN Ministry totally dedicated to the poor of Bantayan Island. Pastor Rob Robinson, the president of Teach The Word Ministries lives on Bantayan Island with his wife, Marissa Robinson who was born in Cebu City and raised in Carcar. Marissa’s family lives in Talisay.

Rob and Marissa came to Bantayan Island three years before Super Typhoon Yolanda destroyed the island and have been trying to help the people of the island for three years before this terrible tragedy struck on November 8, 2013.

100% of every donation which is given for the people of Bantayan Island is given to the people for their needs. Pastor Rob and Marissa have been blessed by the Lord in their Publication Business in the United States and by the sale of properties in the U.S. which has permitted them to serve the people of Bantayan Island without a salary, compensation, or the payment of any expense. All of the money you give to help the people of Bantayan Island, goes to help the people.

Even the Red Cross uses about 20-30 percent of your donation for administrative fees, WE DO NOT. EVERYTHING YOU GIVE FOR THE PEOPLE OF BANTAYAN ISLAND, GOES TO THE PEOPLE OF BANTAYAN ISLAND.

May the Lord continue to Bless you as you serve Him by supporting those who minister to those who have such great need.

“The one who plants and the one who waters work as a team with the same purpose. Yet they will be rewarded individually, according to their own hard work. We work together as partners who belong to God.” 1 Corinthians 3:8-9

Click on “Donate to Teach The Word Ministries,” to help us bring the supplies desperately needed for Bantayan Island

 

The Lord Bless you for your faithful help of people who are in such great need.

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Pastor Rob and Marissa Robinson

Bantayan Island Typhoon Yolanda Damage Pictures and Updates

Bantayan Island has been utterly devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan, also known as “Yolanda.” Reports from government authorities tell us that up to 90% of the existing structures on the island no longer have a roof. Homes and buildings constructed of native materials are completely obliterated. These structures make up the majority of the homes for the poor fishermen who live along the shore of Bantayan Island.

Our friend Joan Pasasadaba Nepangue, owner of Beach Placid Resort, updated us at about 11 pm that 12 of the cottages in her resort have been destroyed. We have seen pictures from the beach at Santa Fe, near the Pantalan which show substantial damage to the port offices and facilities.

Pictures from the town of Bantayan show massive damage to structures which have existed there for over 500 years, including the beloved Bantayan Church. 

Relief efforts by the Philippine Red Cross are underway, while roads from Cebu city to Hagnaya remain blocked by fallen trees and debris.

Banelco has informed residents that electric service will not be restored for up to four months. Residents and resorts which have generators are producing their own electricity to charge cell phones, computers, and internet service to upload pictures of the massive destruction on Bantayan Island.

We are here in the United States meeting with church leaders to seek their help in bringing back to Bantayan Island the much needed food, water, and medical supplies that are currently needed. We will arrive on Bantayan Island soon and begin helping our friends on the island to clean up and rebuild their lives.

This web site for Bantayan Island will now begin posting pictures and updates of the conditions on the island as well as updates on families in the Barangays where your loved ones live. 

MAKE YOUR DONATIONS HERE

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NEW PHOTOS OF SANTA FE Typhoon Yolanda Damage

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From the appearance of these photos from Santa Fe, the damage is mainly structural to the roofs of homes which were constructed of coco lumber with native covering. The walls and main structures of all concrete homes are intact. Perhaps this will encourage the building of steel roofs to replace the damage wooden roofs. Had these structures had steel framing and steel shingles, they would not have sustained the kind of damage we see here.

The reports of people “starving” seem to be an exaggeration. First, people do not starve to death in a few days. The average human being can endure several weeks without food. Water, however, is an absolute necessity every day. We have seen pictures of many chickens loose and running around, as well as chickens hanging from the carts of persons who are traveling. I would not, at this point, worry about any of your friends or relatives “starving.” The island still has a lot of food on it. What is greatly needed is rice and bottled water, which is being transported to the island at this moment.

The damage on Bantayan Island appears to be worse in Bantayan and Madridejos than in Santa Fe. It is the poor who live in native structures who have suffered the greatest harm and need help to rebuild some kind of shelter ASAP.

NEW PHOTOS OF BANTAYAN TOWN Typhoon Yolanda Damage

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Philippine officials now report that they expect the number of dead from Super Typhoon Yolanda to exceed 10,000. It is certain that the majority of those who have lost their lives will come from Tacloban where tidal surge is estimated at over 50 feet in some areas.

The dead on Bantayan Island should be less than 1,000, and those who perish on the island of Cebu at about 2,000.

If one of the dead is your loved one, then this is one too many. We all certainly grieve and are heartbroken over your personal loss. We love the people of Bantayan Island and sincerely pray that the Lord has preserved many lives through this tragedy.

The good news is that we already see rebuilding and clean up taking place on Bantayan Island, as the Filipino people are a strong and resilient nation who are never defeated by any adversity. In two weeks or less, Bantayan Island will be cleaned up and look much different than it does today.

PICTURES OF TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES, UTTERLY DEVASTATED

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Super Typhoon Yolanda to Make Landfall on Bantayan Island

As of Friday, November 8, 2013, 11:30 pm, weather authorities tell us that it is certain that Bantayan Island will suffer a direct strike by this massive Class 5, signal 4, Typhoon.

Winds are expected to be close to 180 miles per hour, or approximately 230 kilometers per hour. Storm surge from the sea is expected at 7 meters or 21 feet.

If this forecast holds true, no structures on the East facing side of the island will survive.

All those who live on the East side of the island where the storm will be most severe should evacuate to higher groud, in a concrete structure which can endure the winds and waves. Those who live in structures along Santa Fe are especially vulnerable. 

We have many friends who live in this area, and many of the poor who live in structures that cannot endure this type of storm, are in great danger. Please tell everyone who lives on the coast to evacuate to higher ground before the Typhoon arrives in the next 12 hours as signal 4.

We are praying for the safety and preservation of all the people of Bantayan island and know that the Lord will be with all of you in this great time of distress.

Please pray for the poor of the island who cannot evacuate the island and must endure the full force of this massive storm.

We are planning to arrive on the island later this month to bring fresh water, rice and medical supplies as we are able to obtain them. There will be great need of outside help from those around the world who can help. Please give whatever you can afford to help us supply the needs of the people of Bantayan Island. Make a donation to help HERE

We will update this article as information becomes available.

UPDATE: 8:45 AM

U.S. Naval Weather reports that the eye of Super Typhoon is now over Bantayan Island. There will be a period of calm for up to an hour, followed by a repeat and increase of winds and rains that will last for several more hours. If you have safety now, please do not leave your shelter as the eye of the Typoon will pass and the storm will continue once again.

Winds from this Signal #4 Typhoon are reported at close to 200 Miles per hour, or 300 kph. The devastation to life and structures is certain. We pray the Lord’s protection for all of the residents and visitors to Bantayan Island.

UPDATE: 12:45 PM

We have received word that nearly all of the roofs from buildings in the Daan Bantayan have been destroyed and cars are being blown around from the winds when Typhoon Yolanda made landfall in this location at 9:40 am.

As of this time, it is unknown what the extent of damage is  to Bantayan Island, as no reports have come from anyone on the island.

If you have a report or pictures of the damage on Bantayan Island, please email them to: pastorobrobinson@gmail.com and we will post them here on this wen site so that others may receive updates and information.

Pastor Rob and Marissa Robinson