DBC partnered with Victory in Grace to help provide relief to Philippines. Here is the latest report: Note: Pictures are on our websites Photo Album.
We are happy to report that the first load of supplies and generators has been successfully delivered to Tacloban City. It was a grueling, 30-hour drive each way, but our team made it there and back safely and with very little detours or problems. The team consisted of Dr. Edwin Tan, Pastor Matt Wolff, and Pastor Edwin Samson, along with five other pastors from the Manila area that serve under Dr. Tan. They crossed over onto the island of Samar by way of a 2-hour ferry ride, then drove the rest of the way into Tacloban, Leyte Island. Pastor Matt said that as they got closer to the city the devastation got worse and worse. He said it was like nothing he had ever seen in his life. Very few roads were actually open or usable, and there is a military-enforced curfew at night.
The stench of death is still quite prevalent, even though 21 days have passed since the typhoon hit. The locals are saying that the reported death toll of 5,000 is probably not even half the number of actual lives lost. There is still no electricity anywhere in this area, so campfires can be seen all around at night. Dr. Tan arranged for about 20 pastors from in and around the region to come and meet at a church in Tacloban City, as it would have been impossible to get trucks full of supplies to each area safely. The church had a gated courtyard, so they were able to pull the vehicles in and close the gate to safely unload. With no real lodging available, the team unloaded and divided up the supplies, and then got back on the road in just under 8 hours.
The people were overjoyed to receive the supplies! Each pastor who came would be able to deliver a good amount of supplies to the desperate people in their towns. They were each given a small generator as well and were thrilled to be able to return home and provide electricity to people who have been without power for almost a month. Words cannot express their gratitude; and in true Filipino graciousness, they told our team not to worry about returning right away with more. They said, "Go help others. We can make it on this for a good month or so." These towns that were wiped out are fairly modern cities, much like Baliwag or Angeles City where Pastor Matt and Pastor Edwin are from. It's amazing how valuable a simple tarp and mosquito net become in such unimaginable conditions.
The plan for this week is to head down to the Bohol region with generators and supplies. That is the area that was hit by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake three weeks before the typhoon came through. They did not get the worst of the storm, but the devastation from the earthquake has made surviving the effects of the typhoon extremely difficult. It will be another long, hard trip, so please be in prayer for our team.
To date, over $25,000.00 has been raised, with more people still responding. Funding this relief effort has only been possible through your generous gifts, and we want to relay the overwhelming thankfulness our team saw in the people there in the Philippines.
We will keep you posted as the next delivery of supplies gets underway.
Thank you for your prayers and support!
2013 Philippines Shoebox Project
September 14, 2013
We are excited about this years Philippines Shoebox Project. We are looking forward to working with Pastor Edwin Samson and Dayspring Bible Baptist Church in the Philippines.
Deadline to fill the shoeboxes is Sept 29,2013.
Can't fill a box but would like to help? Please contact us about making a donation, even a small gift will help in a big way!
VBS 2013 Pics and Video HERE
June 28, 2013
We had a great VBS! Thanks to all those that helped and supported this great outreach. Over 200 attended our VBS this year. Check out the cool and fun video below.