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Thursday noon, Nov 21  from YWAM Philippines

From Douglas Donithan in TANAUAN / ORMOC - Generators are needed, water pump to drain water. There are no vehicles to transport food and aid to remote places. Can anyone get truck here to deliver supplies and teams? Many places outside of cities get no aid.

From Michael Casey in Dulag, EASTERN LEYTE - YWAM Mindanao Response Team arrived Leyte on Monday. Staying in a Bible school building in a place called Dulag. Will go to Burauen and other places located before Tacloban. No access of communication in these places - if they want to update us they need to travel for 3 hours. We will know their updates when they come back to Surigao. Thank you and blessings!

Baguio Team is looking for chain saws for continued rescue and clearing work. So far, eleven stores in Cebu and zero/wala/awan/nada.

Becoming difficult to find generators in Cebu now, also.

Where our YWAM teams are working:

TACLOBAN: YWAM Antipolo SOE, RescueNet, YWAM Antipolo DTS (Nov 24)
ORMOC / TANAUAN: Crisis Relief Int'l, Douglas Donithan, YWAM Cebu (Nov 23)
BUSUANGA / CORON: YWAM Palawan (Nov 26)

Note: These teams move around and new ones come in regularly.


Thursday evening, Nov 21 from YWAM Philippines
Tacloban info and Ormoc update

SITUATION: There are 4,196 families (19,874 individuals) in 30 evacuation centers in Tacloban. 9 evacuation centers were already closed, which is good news. Tomorrow, the YWAM team expects a large solar power system to arrive and smaller ones for the team. This is expected to charge multiple phones in key locations in the city. Sunday, 20 volunteers are expected to arrive with generator and film shooting equipment. The team plans to set up two charging stations with evangelism to as many as 50 persons at a time. By Tuesday, they plan to begin evangelistic film showings in the evenings in at least 15 of the 30 evacuation centers. During relief operations, the team recovered 26 fatalities, and another 300 in conjunction with government rescue teams. Tonight, the team hosts three photographers from an international media team (including National Geographic). Tomorrow, the team travels to Ormoc to replenish their food supply and connect to the internet (and upload photos). This advance team will return to Manila on Dec 7.

Bring your own food. No cooking and no electricity. There is water for bath and laundry. Drinking water is filled at the AFP purifier every few days. Bring sleeping gear for the floor. Phone batteries are charged at the legislative building when they turn on their generator. There are apples and bananas for sale at the bus terminal. Bring your own cellphone load - no prepaid cards available. No banks, no ATMs. Two gasoline stations open sometimes. Tacloban airport is open; buses to Tacloban from Catbalogan, Ormoc, and Liloan, less than PHP200. Local trikes are few, PHP50 to PHP150 each. City curfew 8pm to 5am. Police everywhere. Groceries and internet are available in Catbalogan or Ormoc. (from Mitch)

Douglas Donithan writes "The house is flooded, the pump is for pumping water out not in. Just finished with ministry. Our house has no roof on it and its raining all night so water comes in. Pouring rain here now. I never saw such destruction."


Wednesday evening, November 20 from YWAM Philippines

1) Tacloban airport open to commercial traffic
2) YWAM relief focus areas are shaping up to be:
- Estancia, (extreme northeast Panay Island)
- Bogo (northern Cebu) and Bantayan Island
- Tacloban
- Ormoc
- Possibly Palompon and Tanauan (Leyte)
- Possibly Coron Island (northern Palawan)
3) I counted 12 to 15 YWAM-related teams involved
4) Church networks are excellent for news about needs
5) In Iloilo, neighbors come to help with cooking for the YWAM teams coming in to help, since there are only two staff now.

Staff and team from YWAM Korea focus on Estancia, most affected town in northeast Panay island. Needs are food, water, medicines (kids have fever, colds, diarrhea), and building materials. Local officials request builders from outside the area to help encourage locals get started - the
locals are overwhelmed from losing all and being faced with enormous piles of debris. Difficult to reach affected nearby islands since boats were destroyed in the storm. Fishermen needs new boats to resume livelihood. Great news - carpentry team from China trying to come. Also, only two staff on Iloilo base but neighbors come to help with cooking for the teams coming in. Contact Lucy Eun Bok Cho at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Palawan team plans to do relief work in Coron Island from Nov 30 to Dec 3. Contact Barbie Calo

"Stand Up Tacloban" signs are appearing in the city. Metro Manila Development Authority crews are doing massive and rapid cleanup. Airport open to commercial traffic. Security is good. No electricity, no groceries, and sometimes no water. Can be carried from a distant pump. YWAM team given responsibility for retrieving fatalities in certain parts of the city. Team from YWAM Antipolo arrives Sunday with generator and some supplies, will stay one week. The present team of five departs Tacloban Dec 7. Team from YWAM Hawaii comes Dec 6-20.

ORMOC has one or two teams from YWAM's Crisis Relief Int'l.

RescueNet is in Leyte, see their website for more information.

Teams from VHIC (YWAM-related), the YWAM Mexico DTS, YWAM Baguio and YWAM Cebu are traveling regularly to the northern end of Cebu to the towns of Bogo and Bantayan Island. Church networks are especially good for local contact, information, and local volunteers.

We are hearing more and more requests for building materials. This may indicate that the situation is beginning to turn from immediate emergency assistance to the task of rebuilding homes and communities. This will still take months.

YWAM Balut Team (From: Chona Ariaga) We traveled the relief goods by bus then by boat. We traveled 18 hours. Aklan province has no electricity until now. Praise God the water supply went back the day before we arrived. The people there was so blessed when they received the relief goods. They were encouraged when they saw us came, the team from Manila. Some even cried when they received the blessings from the Lord. We  handed out bags of groceries to 244 families in 10 remote villages. As we're giving away goods, many of them cried because we were the first team who came to attend to their needs. We encouraged, shared God's word and prayed for them. We helped them cut and clean some of uprooted trees that blocked the way and fell on some houses using a bolo (machete). The main problem now is how they will rebuild their houses. From where are they going to start? As we came back in Manila, our hearts were heavy seeing them homeless. At night it was raining. So they need to make a temporary roof (which would still allow the rain to pass through). So we are coming back this coming November 25 until 30. It’s easier to go back now since the airports are back to their operation. We will come back to help them rebuild their house and give them more relief goods. We are praying to bring chain saw, if we can buy one or if there is somebody here in Manila that can lend us. The trees that are uprooted can be made into lumbers. We are also planning to reach Roxas and  Capiz province that are also part of the Panay Island. 


Monday, Nov 18 evening from YWAM Philippines
BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE _ A BIG SHOUT-OUT TO YWAM MEXICO's DTS TEAM!! They came for outreach - and ended up in Disaster Relief after the Bohol Earthquake, then Disaster relief again following Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. We love you!

AND ANOTHER SHOUT-OUT TO YWAM CEBU!! Does everyone realize that our YWAM family in Cebu is in their FOURTH WEEK of Disaster Relief? They were assisting in Bohol Earthquake work for 2-3 weeks before Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda hit. 

HIGHLIGHTS: 1) Panay / YWAM Iloilo - focus on Estancia 2) Ormoc City - 2 teams back in Cebu with report 3) YWAM Cebu - several teams in transit to/from affected areas 4) YWAM Mindanao team brings two vehicles to Eastern Leyte tomorrow 5) Manila SOE team distributes relief, assists locating and retrieving fatalities 6) ALL IN NEED OF MORE WORKERS

PANAY - (from Lucy of YWAM Iloilo) encouraging to see how YWAMer and our friends work together for Philippines! and I am ready to trip to Estancia tomorrow. I've been there yesterday, it is worst, worst, worst, worst in panay.. I and Andrea(our staff) will go and stay with the team from Korea until Friday for fixing roofless church, giving relief food, encouraging people, researching small islands where no one visits yet and having children ministry etc and I am very thankful to our Brgy. friends who willing to help packing up, though we are two staff, but we have many friends and Pastors group in Iloilo helps us. Praise the Lord!^^ Pray for our safe trip and meaningful time!

ORMOC - (from Lucille in YWAM Cebu) Crisis Relief Int'l together with 2 of our staff came back from Ormoc City this afternoon. The place was badly devastated by the super typhoon and very few relief reach there. The team was able to minister to 33 Pastors with their presence and encourage the church members with the 1,000 relief goods they brought that ease their hunger. There are 20 more people from CRI who are are coming tomorrow. Sean, the leader of the team felt that the Lord is leading them to focus in Ormoc City for their time here in the Philippines. He said, the place is very strategic for a YWAM base.

CEBU - YWAM Cebu has 7 teams either coming or going to affected areas. RescueNet, Crisis Relief Int'l (CRI), YWAM Mexico DTS, Vision Helps Int'l Care (VHIC), YWAM Baguio, Korea, and Mercy Works are there now, and teams from Korea, Hawaii, Singapore, and Pennsylvania are coming within a few weeks. Vision Help International together with the Mexican DTS outreach team and the base staff packed 1,000 relief goods, sacks of rice, hygiene kits and water jugs in Mandaue Assembly of God today. They will head for Northern Cebu tomorrow.
It's good to have Danny Visitacion our friend from Mercy works dropped by this morning to partner with us.
A surprised visit from the FCM staff from YWAM ATC was an encouragement. Thank Ate Rose Galano and Rose Parcon.
We just found out yesterday that there are a lot evacuees here in Cebu from Samar and Leyte. They are staying in 4 different evacuation Centers here. We will be doing feeding program next week and share the love of Jesus.
Please continue to pray for us as serve the people from different organizations/nations in our base. We are a full house. Praise God for His grace.
The Lord is building a church with out walls. Disaster brought the people of God together. Every tongue, every tribe, every nation is bringing glory to God as we unite ourselves to serve people in need and who needs a lot of comfort in tnis time of calamity.

MINDANAO - Their team heads to Eastern Leyte with two vehicles of relief goods.

TACLOBAN - (from Mitch Metzger, YWAM Antipolo SOE) Sunday, male team members assisted with the grim task of locating fatalities and loading them on vehicles to be taken for burial. Heartbreakingly, victims included the old, small children, and a pregnant mother. The female team members located a house that may serve as a long-term base of operations. On Monday, Sarah Jane, Shyne, and five other volunteers were overwhelmed by their assigned task - distributing an entire dump truck load of relief goods in San Jose, Tacloban. Thousands of packages and only seven volunteers. The people asked for water, water, water. The wells are dirty and there is no city water yet. The men on the team continued with retrieval of bodies - more than 300. There was frustration as arriving relief workers were eager to help in all ways, but organizers seemed to have difficulty... organizing. (PS - John edited Mitch's comments on that point a little bit/lot) 


Sunday, Nov 17 morning from YWAM Philippines
Highlights: 1) Tacloban team needs vehicle, water purifier, small generator 2) YWAM Iloilo urgently needs people to help facilitate teams

****TACLOBAN: (from Mitch and SOE team) - We have large safe housing at Ritz Tower near legislative building. Water plentiful but has to be carried by bucket from across the street. Need large purifier to avoid buying drinking water unless we contact relief suppliers for bottled water. No groceries in city to buy. Get lots of food in Catbalogan before coming in. Bring your own food. If you have a vehicle you can do a lot, but no guarantee of fuel in Tacloban. Lots of fuel in Catbalogan, 107km from Tacloban. Best to fuel up in Catbalogan between 1am and 4am when there are no lines. Fill reserve containers of fuel as well when you get it. Some trikes in Tacloban, PHP50 per person. Mayor says lots of relief at airport but not enough people to distribute it. Can do much if we have a vehicle. Teams: Please bring vehicle. Small generator would be helpful for charging phones and night light. (Note from JP - Previous message said cell signal available, Globe is strongest. Laptop connection through Smart Bro, Globe Tattoo, or cellphone portable hotspot.) Team seeking to establish ongoing operation location for long-term. 

****ILOILO: (from Lucy Eun Bok Cho, YWAM Iloilo) Yes, absolutely, we need water purifiers. YWAM Korea mercy ministry team will arrive here next Tuesday early morning then I will bring them to Estancia where is the worst affected place in Panay for fixing houses and giving relief food etc., and YWAM Taiwan will come as soon as they get the ticket. We are are now only two staff including me, because all of our team is in Thailand for outreach and come back here on Dec 7. The ticket they have can't be refunded. We need strength and wisdom to manage, arrange and work with them! ( I am also working with Christian ministry groups here) Thank for all supporting words and prayers!

Contact Lucy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or +63919 687 9089


Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 from YWAM Cebu

Welcome back YWAM DTS Mexico team! The team from Vision Help International arrived last night and more coming tomorrow. The team from Bantayan Island arrived last night. The place is very depressed, 95% of the houses were destroyed. There is so much need in the place to rebuild houses and rebuild lives. The CRI team together with two YWAM Cebu staff arrived in Ormoc City yesterday. No food, water and electricity. The place is like a ghost town and the smell of dead bodies is everywhere. Lord have mercy! 

Many people from Samar and Leyte evacuated here in Cebu.They are in 4 different evacuation centers in the city. Starting next week we will have feeding program. We will be cooking lunch for them. Praying that this simple act of kindness will touch their hearts and lead them to Jesus.


Friday AM, Nov 15, 2013 from YWAM Philippines

****The YWAM IWT team from Cebu arrived at Bantayan Island and distributed relief packages to 200+ people. The team reports that Bantayan itself received moderate damage, but the surrounding islets were severely affected. The road from Cebu city to Northern Cebu is okay.

**** A second team from YWAM Cebu departed this morning, also for Bantayan, also with relief packages.

**** The RescueNet team left Cebu City yesterday and is now in Tacloban City. They traveled on an Australian international relief flight. No further update on them yet.

**** The CRI team from Hawaii and the VHIC team (led by John Aust) will travel by boat to Leyte Island (Palompon) Saturday, then make their way to areas on Leyte's western shore.

**** YWAM Iloilo and YWAM Balut both had teams in Aklan Province.  YWAM Iloilo is continuing to pack relief food for Aklan Province.

**** The YWAM SOE team with Mitch Metzger arrived by land at Matnog pier (southern end of Luzon Island) early this morning. The line for the ferry from Luzon to Samar Island is "walang hanggan" (endless). The team is awaiting a confirmation text from the vice-mayor of Tacloban for the "ok" to enter Tacloban. If the team is not cleared to enter, they will stay in Catbalogan for a few days. There are still reports of safety concerns in Tacloban.


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