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

Typhoon “Sendong” Kills More Than 600 in the Philippines

Fox News

As a storm that killed more than 650 in the southern Philippines raged outside the store where she works, Amor Limbago worriedly called home to check on her parents, but their cellphones just kept ringing and later went dead.

Limbago, 21, rushed home as soon as the flash floods receded and confirmed her worst fear: Her parents and seven other relatives were gone, swept away from their hut by the river. They had eagerly planned a small Christmas dinner in that hut just days earlier.

“I returned and saw that our house was completely gone,” a weeping Limbago told The Associated Press from Cagayan de Oro city. “There was nothing but mud all over and knee-deep floodwaters.”

Tropical Storm Washi blew away Sunday after devastating a wide swath of the mountainous region on Mindanao island, which is unaccustomed to major storms.

Most of the victims were asleep Friday night when flash floods cascaded down mountain slopes with logs and uprooted trees, swelling rivers and killing at least 652 people. The late-season tropical storm turned the worst-hit coastal cities of Cagayan de Oro and nearby Iligan into muddy wastelands filled with overturned cars and broken trees.

Most of the dead were children and women, Philippine Red Cross Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang said. At least 808 others were still missing, mostly in the two cities, she said.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and top military officials flew to Cagayan de Oro and Iligan to help oversee search-and-rescue efforts and deal with thousands of displaced villagers. Among the items urgently needed are coffins and body bags, said Benito Ramos, who heads the government’s disaster-response agency.

“It’s overwhelming. We didn’t expect these many dead,” said Ramos, adding that authorities were continuing to find bodies floating at sea.

Although the disaster-prone Philippines is lashed by about 20 typhoons and storms annually, the devastation shocked many, coming close to Christmas — the predominantly Roman Catholic nation’s most-awaited time for family reunions. Army officials in the south said they canceled Christmas parties and would donate the food to homeless survivors.

Limbago said she and her mother, Jean, 50, and father Amancio, 63, planned to have a simple Christmas dinner of spaghetti. Those plans had evaporated Sunday as she and surviving relatives checked crowded morgues, hospitals and evacuation centers for any sign of her missing parents.

Others lost homes and belongings but were happy to have survived.

Edmund Rubio, a 44-year-old engineer, said he, his wife and two children scrambled to the second floor of their house in Iligan city as floodwaters engulfed the first floor, destroying his TV set and other appliances and washing away his car and motorcycle.

Amid the panic, he heard a loud pounding on his door as neighbors living in nearby one-story houses pleaded with him to allow them up to his second floor. He said he brought 30 neighbors to the safety of his house, which later shook when a huge floating log slammed into it.

“It’s the most important thing, that all of us will still be together this Christmas,” Rubio told the AP.

About a block away from Rubio’s house, rescuers used a backhoe and shovels to search for 19 people in the muddy ruins of a two-story house that collapsed when it was hit by a massive log. They dug out 11 bodies from the site Saturday, witnesses said.

Army officers reported unidentified bodies piled up in morgues in Cagayan de Oro, where electricity was restored in some areas, although the city of more than 500,000 people remained without tap water.

At least 346 died in Cagayan de Oro and 206 in Iligan, the Red Cross said. The death toll was expected to rise because many isolated villages still had not been reached by overwhelmed disaster-response personnel.

“Our fear is there may have been whole families that perished so there’s nobody to report what happened,” Pang said.

Both Iligan, a bustling industrial center about 485 miles southeast of Manila, and Cagayan de Oro were filled with scenes of destruction and desperation.

A lone worker gingerly embalmed scores of bodies laid side by side in an Iligan city funeral parlor. Outside the embalming room, seven white coffins were placed in a corridor, surrounded by weeping relatives.

“Many mothers, fathers were walking from one funeral parlor to another, looking for their children,” said army Maj. Eugenio Osias, who led a rescue effort in Cagayan de Oro.

Ramos attributed the high casualties “partly to the complacency of people because they are not in the usual path of storms” despite warnings by officials that one was approaching.

In just 12 hours, Washi dumped more than a month of average rain on Mindanao.

Thousands of soldiers and hundreds of local police, reservists, coast guard officers and civilian volunteers were mobilized for rescue efforts, but were hampered by flooded-out roads and lack of electricity. Rescuers in boats rushed offshore to save people swept out to sea.

Views From The Beach Bungalow

Making Bantayan Island our home has changed us. My idea of the perfect beach was one that was uncluttered, quiet and serene. The problem with my idealistic view was that the reality of everyday life on our beach is far different.

Returning from Cebu yesterday, we learned that a couple that moved in to a bungalow near ours has a special heart for the island children. Each morning beginning shortly after sunrise, the wife of this new couple gathers as many of the local children from the Santa Fe fishing village as she can find.

Crowded around her, she teaches them, laughs with them, plays and frolics all day under the tropical sunshine of Bantayan Island. She is chocolate brown from many such afternoon’s under the sun, herself probably once a small island girl watching foreigners from a distance with wonder.

Her husband appears to be Italian, probably meeting his island princess as most of us have, hunkered down for endless hours behind a laptop. He slumbers slowly from their cottage to the white sand beach, and lays his tanned body onto one of the bright white loungers on the beach. Children who have been taking their lessons from his wife, now come to rub suntan lotion over his body until he falls asleep in the afternoon sun.

When we first returned back to the island from Cebu and learned that this gathering of children right outside our bungalow was taking place everyday, I felt a sense of displeasure and bewilderment. How could they gather this noisy entourage day after day on my, ugh our beach? This will disrupt the serenity, the peace and the quiet. After all they call this resort “Beach Placid”. There will be no serenity with screaming children gathering day after day.

Then the reality of my heart overtook my mind. I actually believed that this beach was mine. Though I came here as a visitor, I was already staking my claim to this beach as my own in less than a month’s time.

Oh the deceitful heart of man. When Jeremiah the Prophet stated that the heart of man is “Deceitful above all things and desperately wicked”, he knew what he was talking about.

Perhaps on one similar morning,  he also found himself also trapped in a fit of anger over someone else disrupting his daily pleasure.

No there is no sin in nurturing the precious little lives of these island children. As they laugh and play, scream and shout, this beach exists as much for them as it does for me. I suppose that all of us who come to spend any lengthy time on this island paradise will have to change our hearts and our minds. It is for me to change, not them. I should adapt and accept, they should continue their joy.

Besides, I live here, these tourists are visitors for a few days and then they will be gone. Taking with them the wonderful experience of playful little brown boys and girls with smiles as big and bright as a Bantayan Sky. Forgive me Lord…

Rob Robinson