Arrival on Bantayan Island

Marissa and I arrived on Bantayan Island on Monday, December 2, 2013, to begin our relief efforts for the people of the island. We are meeting with the local residents today of Pantalan to determine the homes that we will begin repairs for. We sincerely thank our family of Christian brothers and sisters at Calvary, as well as other who gave funds in providing us with a generous offering to allow us to bless so many here on the Island.

100% of every dollar or peso that was given for the people of Bantayan Island, will be used for their benefit. We will not keep any administrative fee or expenses for ourselves. In this way we can maximize the amount of people that we can help.

As generator power and internet allow, we will post pictures and updates on our progress in meeting the needs of the dear people of this island who were profoundly effected by Typhoon Haiyan on November 8th, 2013.

It has been a long journey to get back to the island and people we love so dearly and we look forward to being able to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those whom we are helping. Thank you again to all of you who are praying for us and gave to make this possible.

Pastor Rob and Marissa

Current photos of our ministry on Bantayan Island

Our first day back on Bantayan Island Marissa and I walked amongst the people of our local village and took pictures of those who have requested repairs to their humble native homes.

Most of us from the United States would not call one of these structures a home, yet these beautiful people live their entire lives in these tiny structures, raise their families and do so with smiles on their faces. 

They have asked only for the roof of many homes to be repaired so that the scorching sun and frequent rain will not cover come down upon them while they sleep and eat. 

Many homes were completely destroyed and require complete rebuilding.

Many are sleeping out in the open, exposed to the elements of a tropical island.

We hired 5 workers who are proficient in the building trade and also make use of the labor of those whose homes we are repairing or rebuilding. 

Our list today contained 31 families, there are another 120 families just in our village who need their homes repaired.

We estimate that we have enough money to rebuild between 40-50 homes.

I will post updates here so that you can follow our progress.

I had to walk away a few times to compose myself, the sight of their living conditions has broken my heart every time I walk into their village…

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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


 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.


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.


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. 


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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.


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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.


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