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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