Typhoon Relief Update

We just finished the last distribution in Leyte and we are thankful to be a channel for God’s blessings to others in need.

The first week after the Korean Church Relief Team left, we spent time visiting northern Cebu and Leyte to determine the next distribution points. Northern Cebu had many isolated places that were in need of assistance and food distribution.  In Leyte from Ormoc to Baybay we saw many communities that were destroyed by the storm. Further south from Baybay the damage to houses were not as much.  In Bato where the Badjao live and where we ministered before, the church and a few houses were damaged.

Children asking for help in storm affected areas in northern Cebu.

Children asking for help in storm affected areas in northern Cebu.

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We had a difficult time at first purchasing the different supplies for the relief work. Since Cebu City has become the supply center for relief work the city itself also run out of supplies and many stores had to put limits on the amounts you could purchase. The result was that you had to go to many stores to buy all the supplies. The City even ran out of rice supplies and one could only buy expensive rice.  The shortage has also caused a rise in food prices.  But we were able to finish buy all the supplies on Saturday Nov 23.

Sunday November 24 after our church service in Barili, we brought several of the members to help us with the repacking of 2000kg of rice, 3000 cans of sardines and 4500 noodles. We thank god that we were able to prepare packs of food for 500 families that will last them 2-3 days. We thank God that we were able to finish this job rather fast with the help of many people from church.

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Repacking relief goods with the help of our church members from Barilli.

Repacking relief goods with the help of our church members from Barilli.

Then on November 26 we distributed 390 buckets with the relief food. The food was distributed in four different communities. In every community we were able to share a short message before the distribution. Some communities were more responsive than other communities. But we pray that our ministry there has opened more doors for the local pastor, Pst Richard Paul who minister in that area.

Preaching at the first relief distribution point.

Preaching at the first relief distribution point.

Our truck with relief goods.

Our truck with relief goods.

Distribution at the first relief distribution point.

Distribution at the first relief distribution point.

Preaching while others prepare the relief goods at 2nd distribution.

Preaching while others prepare the relief goods at 2nd distribution.

Distribution at 2nd distribution point.

Distribution at 2nd distribution point.

Preaching at 3rd distribution point.

Preaching at 3rd distribution point.

Distribution at 3rd Distribution point.

Distribution at 3rd Distribution point.

Distribution at 4th distribution point.

Distribution at 4th distribution point.

On December 3 we took the overnight boat to Hilongos going to Leyte. Because of the ongoing relief work as well as so many people that are rebuilding their houses, the cargo part of the ship were full of big trucks, we almost did not get on. The next morning, we visited the Badjao community in Bato, Leyte, were we distributed 105 buckets with relief goods to the Badjao.

Relief distribution at the Badjao in Leyte.

Relief distribution at the Badjao in Leyte.

Relief distribution at the Badjao.

Relief distribution at the Badjao.

 

Worship together with the Badjao after the relief distribution.

Worship together with the Badjao after the relief distribution.

After the distribution we decided to take to road trip to Tacloban, a 4 hr trip. As we traveled we notice the increase of storm related destruction from Baybay toward Ormoc City where the destruction was great. The road from Ormoc City to Tacloban was almost the rout that the eye of the cylone followed and we saw village after village completely destroyed by the storm. We were especially surprised and saddened when we saw the damage of houses around Paulo, maybe even greater than the damage in Tacloban. Even many concrete structures couldn’t stand the ferocity of the storm. A month after the storm and in most of the villages they haven’t been able to restart building house because there is still too much debris.

Coconut plantations where families have harvested for 2 or 3 generations totally destroyed.

Coconut plantations where families have harvested for 2 or 3 generations totally destroyed.

 

Huge trees were completely uprooted.

Huge trees were completely uprooted.

 

Even many concrete buildings could not withstand the wrath of the storm

Even many concrete buildings could not withstand the wrath of the storm

 

Even many concrete buildings could not withstand the wrath of the storm

Even many concrete buildings could not withstand the wrath of the storm

 

Even a month after the storm the still could not rebuild because so much debris still could not be removed.

Even a month after the storm the still could not rebuild because so much debris still could not be removed.

Now the hardest task lays ahead, that of rebuilding.  The need for rebuilding is great, maybe short term mission teams or church teams can commit to help rebuild a village.

Prayer Requests

  1. Pray for pastor Richard Paul as they do the follow-up after the relief distribution.
  2.  Pray for the thousands of people who lost loved ones (they still find bodies under the debris), and many more thousands who still don’t have a home to go back to.
  3. Pray for us as we seek guidance as to what role God want us to play in this situation. ex rebuild & church planting, orphanage for orphaned children are some of the things we are praying about.
  4. Pray how you can be involved, like short term building teams, short term mission teams, individual short term commitment or individual medium or long term commitment – longer than 3 months. Financial support for the relief work is much needed.
  5. Pray for our church in Barili. Pray for strength and new vision. Pray also for the different Christmas programs that we will have. Children Christmas party  December 22 , Church Christmas sevice and fellowship Dec 25, Bless the Elderly Dec 29 and our New Year Eve celebration Dec31.

God bless,

Rev. Petrus and Chunghee Vercueil

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