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 Dec. 01 Monday from YWAM Philippines

More of our teams are beginning to help typhoon victims by distributing tools and helping rebuild homes and schools. However, since commerce and income sources were also devastated, people are still dependent on basic relief supplies for survival. This will continue for quite some time, until agriculture and commerce is re-established. Bodies are still being recovered, and there is still a large number of missing. There is less typhoon-related critical medical work, and more of the normal chronic cases. Ormoc still has some functional commerce, and will remain an important part of the "lifeline" in Leyte.

We still appreciate your continuing support of YWAM's relief work in the Visayan Islands as we continue to help others rebuild their lives, both physically and spiritually.

AKLAN: A team from YWAM Balut is distributing relief packages and helping rebuild homes.

ESTANCIA, ILOILO PROV.: A second team from YWAM Korea is assisting people with rebuilding homes, and YWAM Tuen Mun has distributed relief packages and a large amount of donated new clothing.

BANTAYAN ISLAND: The IWT Philippines team of four is assisting islanders with rebuilding their homes. Tools and building materials (nails and corrugated roofing) needed!

ORMOC: Crisis Response Int'l has two teams rotating out/in this week, 7 people involved in water purification and rebuilding. MercyWorks from YWAM Texas has also ministered here.

TACLOBAN: Teams continue their cellphone charging centers, evangelism, and assisting with relief distribution and cleanup. This weekend all teams except the original "trailblazing" team (Antipolo SOE) rotated out. The SOE team departs on Dec 7, and is planning for continued YWAM ministry in Tacloban. They are close to closing a deal on a rental house in Tacloban for the next four months. They also get use of a free multi-cab vehicle for as long as we need it beginning in January. They expect a Hawaii team (10) Dec 6-10; Manila team (5-7) Dec 15-21; Manila team (19) Jan-Mar; Finland team (10) Feb.

TANAUAN: Impact Nations has a team of two here. RescueNet also operated an emergency medical field center immediately after the crisis began.

DULAG: Twenty eight people from YWAM Mindanao heads up to eastern Leyte on Dec 5 with a 40-ft container of relief supplies and building materials. They will focus their efforts on Dulag, a town severely damaged but which so far has received little aid.

Saturday, Nov. 30 from YWAM Cebu

The Mexican team left after two months of outreach here in the Philippines. They have been a big blessing. They helped with the earthquake relief in Bohol and the Typhoon Haiyan relief in Northern Cebu. Two of the team members; (DTS Students) Erin and Lisa decided to stay for two weeks more to continue to help the the relief work. They will leave for Ormoc this morning to join the Crisis Response Int'l team. They are bringing the pump and the hose for the team in Tacloban. Please remember them in your prayers. 
Tom Maxwell and VJ Macapobre will be back from Tacloban this afternoon. 

David and James from Impact nations are in Tanauan, Leyte with their water filters. 

We have a team from PLMC Singapore here. They are helping our base ministry in the slums, prison and in the hospital while we are busy with the relief work and hosting teams.They are a great blessing.

Friday evening, Nov 29 from YWAM Philippines

The first batch of Tool Kits arrived today and the YWAM team began distributing them to those whose homes were destroyed so that rebuilding could begin.

In Tacloban, thousands of people were in the residential areas salvaging usable material and hauling debris out to the streets for disposal. Morale is high in downtown Tacloban, while those outside the city center play the waiting game. The team is also searching for permanent housing to serve as a continuing base for work after Dec 7. This week, 28 people will depart and one will be arriving, leaving the Tacloban team with 7 people until more teams arrive in mid-December.

In other areas, basic relief distribution and reconstruction of houses and schools continues. RescueNet and Crisis Response Int'l, both YWAM International-related, are still involved in medical work and deployment of water purifiers.


Thursday morning, Nov 28 from YWAM Philippines
***The first batch of 200 hammers and 200 saws is on it's way to Tacloban today. Lingling Plaza says, " I had contact with one evacuation center with 41 families who are all waiting for tool kits so they can begin rebuilding their houses." A tool kit will be 1 hammer, 1 saw, 1 crowbar, 1 measuring tape, and 3kg/6lbs of nails. Cost is about US$15 each. There is a lot of scrap lumber from wrecked house available to use for rebuilding. See information below if you would like to donate.

***YWAM Mindanao is preparing to make another relief distribution trip to Eastern Leyte in early December. Contact them at  < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > for more info.

****YWAM Cebu received a container full of relief supplies on Tuesday. They will be organizing and preparing these for distribution. The team is
making continuous trips to Bantayan Island for relief and reconstruction.

***While waiting for the tool kits, the Tacloban team is helping local residents rebuild houses, and in some cases demolish those that
cannot be repaired. The team continues the regular distribution of relief packages, and has begun operating cellphone charging stations at
key locations. This keeps local people in contact with friends and family, and creates a social activity to reestablish a sense of community. The 
team evangelizes during this time, as does film showings in the evacuation centers in the evenings.

DONATION INFO: If you would like to donate toward tool kits, or for general typhoon relief work, you may go to, click on the donate tab, and designate your gift for "YWAM Philippine tool kits" or for "YWAM Cebu typhoon relief". Or, you may send a wire transfer to:
Youth With A Mission (YWAM)
Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI) - Navotas Branch 
US Dollar Savings: 4654-0010-01 SWIFT CODE: BOPIPHMM
YWAM's street address: 2439 Yangco St., Gagalangin, Tondo, Manila

Canadian donors may give through YWAM's Project Funding Office in BC.  The internet link is
Be sure to designate the gift for: 


Tuesday evening, Nov 26 from YWAM Philippines
It is 18 days since Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the central Phlippines. Teams arriving on the scene still use the words "unimaginable" and "shocking" to describe the damage. Relief work overs the entire spectrum - rebuilding efforts have begun in some areas, while others still need food and water just to survive.

TACLOBAN - Lingling Plaza described the highway from Ormoc to Tacloban: you see houses destroyed on the side of the road, and families
pleading desperately for assistance as they watch truck after truck of relief goods drive by on their way to Tacloban. The call now is for HAMMERS and SAWS to equip residents of the evacuation centers to begin rebuilding their homes. The goal: outfit 4000 families with "building kits" of hammers, saw, crowbar, and nails. Lumber from their former houses is plentiful, they just need tools to make use of it. A kit is about $15 or $20. The problem is, the materials need to be found and shipped in from other cities. Generators and chainsaws just arrived, so the team will begin to 
focus on their cell phone charging centers, film showings in the evacuation centers, and distribution of building kits.

from ESTANCIA, Northern Iloilo-SFI (Serving Friends International from YWAM Korea) will begin to repair roofless classrooms at Estancia Central Elementary school. SFI is also recruiting from Carpentry School (U of N). YWAM ILOILO's work in Estancia is going well with local people.
Repair has begun on the roofless church and the solar panel is working well at the daycare center. I thank God for the joy and strength to live for Him. (Lucy Eun Bok Cho)

from CEBU CITY - The past few days, YWAM Cebu has had 11 teams that have come/gone/stayed/slept/are still there. The base continues to
be a staging and preparation area for relief teams.


Friday evening, Nov 22 from YWAM Philippines
Our best count is there are now 124 people on 14 YWAM-related teams working in typhoon rescue and relief. Seven more teams with 35 people will join the work within the next week.

YWAM MINDANAO TEAM (Eastern Leyte): pdate from Michael: Distributed goods for 1200 families in four barangays along the east coast of Leyte and did wound care too. Assisted with recovery of victims in Tacloban. Right now the team is on its way back to MIndanao for rest and to replenish supplies before returning to Leyte on December 7. Just so shocked -the amount of destruction and loss of life is unimaginable.

YWAM ILOILO TEAM (Northern Panay/Estancia):  Korean team just departed to return home. Another team expected by next week.

YWAM CEBU FRONTIER MISSIONS TEAM: is travelling to Ormoc and Tacloban tomorrow (Saturday) to work with Douglas Donathan, whose house still floods when it rains, but who goes out and ministers anyway.

YWAM CEBU: is presently facilitating 10 teams, a total of 84 people, who travel in/out/through the base as they come and go to the affected 

YWAM ANTIPOLO SOE (in Tacloban) Report from Mitch:Today our 6 solar powered lights and cell chargers arrived! We can charge 10 flashlights and up to 60 cell phones for our team. We are expecting 35 to 40 YWAMers to arrive this weekend. We also received a case of medicines, slippers, and 15 water filters! All of this was freely donated. On Sunday, our two generators arrive. One was purchased with donated money and the other generator was given to us. We have two plans: provide power to charge large numbers of cell phones in key points of the city and provide power for our evangelistic film showings every evening in the evacuation centers. We plan to reach 10 of the 30 centers in the city, thats 2000 families or 15,000 individuals. On a much more sober note, Mitch recovered 6 fatalities from the rubble. Five of them were one family. The mother was still holding one of her two kids in her arms.

Other teams involved: YWAM Korea, Crisis Reponse International, RescueNet US, RescueNet SIngapore, Mercy Works, YWAM Baguio, YWAM Mexico, Vision Help International Care, YWAM Palawan

Note: While keeping these teams in prayer, take time to give thanks to the Lord for His many wonderful blessings that we enjoy and
too often take for granted. And let your family know how much you love 
them and how much they mean to you. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 07:53