Serving Hundreds of Flood Victims-Survivors in Mindanao

Almost 5 months after Tropical Storm Washi (local name Sendong) brought death and devastation in our region (Northern Mindanao), more than 100,000 people are still homeless. They live in evacuation centers (EC) and tent cities (TC).

For almost 5 months now, we have been serving, evangelizing and discipling children and families who are living in temporary shelters. With our partner churches, we are working in 5 sites, benefiting hundreds of IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons).

  • Right after the flood, 3 families have been evacuated and stayed in our house.
  • Twelve (12) families from the slums of Isla de Oro were served. Food, medicine, clothes and other relief goods were provided weekly.
  • More than 50 persons (mostly children) with Leptospirosis were visited and served.
  • Thirty seven (37) pastors and church leaders were trained in Child Friendly Space (CFS) Operation and Management and Protective Behavior for Children.
  • Twenty seven (27) pastors and church leaders were trained in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) and Child Protection In Emergencies (CPIE).
  • Psycho-social support sessions were conducted for 51 children at City Central evacuation center.
  • Psycho-social support sessions were conducted for 60 high school and 12 college students at Pilgrim Christian College.
  • Weekly recreational, psycho-social and spiritual development activities were conducted for 400 children at Calaanan Tent City.
  • School supplies were distributed to over 700 children.
  • Vitamins were distributed to 35 children.

Last month (April), by God’s grace, the mission took on an expanded and more intensive phase. Following were our accomplishments:

  • Daily recreational and psycho-social activities were conducted for 30 + children at Macanhan EC.
  • Weekly spiritual and psycho-social support activities were conducted in 5 sites:
    • Calaanan TC 1 > More than 60 children
    • Calaanan TC 2 > More than 60 children
    • Calaanan TC 4 > More than 60 children > More than 60 parents
    • Canitoan EC > More than 60 children > More than 60 parents
    • Macanhan EC > More than 30 parents
  • Three (3) small group Bible studies were started at Calaanan TC 4.
  • Daily supply of medicine is provided for evacuees at the Macanhan EC.
  • Sixty (60) water purifiers were distributed to families at the Macanhan EC.
  • More than 200 stuff toys were distributed to children at Calaanan TC 4 and Macanhan EC.
  • Three hundred (300) flashlights were distributed to families at the Calaanan TC 2 and 4.
  • More than 600 school packs were distributed at the Calaanan TC 2 and 4.
  • Weekly feeding is conducted for the 60 families at the Macanhan EC

For our next steps, we aim to accomplish the following:

  • The establishment of small groups
  • Deworming of children
  • Distribution of vitamins for children
  • Move children’s activities from TC 1 to the permanent housing site

All these victories and achievements would not be possible without our faithful partners. They  share in all the fruit that we harvest. And we know that our Father God is glorified.

Please remember to pray for us, especially for the victims-survivors. May the Holy Spirit sustain the faithful teaching and preaching of God’s word, and may He draw many to Christ, the only Savior.

Help us reach flood victims-survivors with God’s love and word by sending a financial donation to our mission’s bank account:

Account Name: Open Eyes Mission
Account Number: 870055054
Bank Name: Banco De Oro Universal Bank
Branch: SM City Cagayan de Oro
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Canned goods, clothes, toys, school supplies and other in-kind donations can be shipped to:

Open Eyes Mission
c/o Pastor Glem Melo
Blk 31 Lot 32 Daisy Street
Camella Hm, U Balulang
Cagayan de Oro City
9000 Philippines

Contact Numbers:

+ 63-88-3095008
+ 63-88-8588187
+ 63-920-9133231
E-mail: openeyesmission@gmail.com

For more information about the grave devastations caused by Washi/Sendong and our “relief to rehabilitation to church planting” program for the victim-survivors, please read our Sendong Door ® page here.

Thank you very much.

Pastor Glem

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About Glem Melo

I am a believer and follower of Christ, happily married, and have 3 wonderful kids. I am the founder and CEO of Open Eyes Mission, under the care of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) Chicago Metro Presbytery, pastoral intern at Faith Church in Dyer, Indiana, and studying Master of Divinity at Mid-America Reformed Seminary. The Bible teaches that God is real, man is sinful, hell is real, and Jesus is our only hope of salvation. I believe these truths with all of my heart, and I hope to help others learn of them as well. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16) May God give you grace and peace. Glimar "Glem" Melo www.glemmelo.com www.openeyesmission.org
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One Response to Serving Hundreds of Flood Victims-Survivors in Mindanao

  1. Reblogged this on Glimar | Glem | Melo and commented:

    Please remember to pray for us, especially for the flood victims-survivors. May the Holy Spirit sustain the faithful teaching and preaching of God’s word, and may He draw many to Christ, the only Savior.

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