A year ago, December 17, 2011, 1:30 in the morning, typhoon Sendong (international codename: Washi) brought flash floods to our region (Northern Mindanao) that killed more than 1,200 people, injured close to 2,000 and left more than 1,500 missing. According to official government data, the floods affected 102,899 families or 674,472 people in 766 villages in 52 towns and eight cities in 13 provinces. Of these, 13,090 families or 48,980 people were displaced in 45 evacuation centers.
For exactly 1 year now, we have been serving, evangelizing and discipling children and families who are living in temporary shelters. With our partner churches, our mission team has worked in 8 sites, benefiting hundreds of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
- Right after the flood, 3 families have been evacuated and lived in our house.
- Twelve (12) families from the slums of Isla de Oro were served. Food, medicine, clothes and other goods were provided weekly.
- More than 50 persons (mostly children) with Leptospirosis were visited and served.
- We formed and coordinate Protect The Children CDO (PROTECT), a network of 23 churches and ministries for the evangelization, protection and rehabilitation of children victim-survivors in all evacuation centers and tent cities.
- Thirty seven (37) pastors and church leaders were trained in Child Friendly Space (CFS) Operation and Management and Teaching Protective Behavior to Children.
- Twenty seven (27) pastors and church leaders were trained in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) and Child Protection In Emergencies (CPIE).
- Evangelism and psycho-social support sessions were conducted for 51 children at the Evacuation Center (EC) at City Central Elementary School.
- Evangelism and psycho-social support sessions were conducted for 60 high school and 12 college students at Pilgrim Christian College.
- Weekly evangelistic Bible storying, recreational and psycho-social activities were conducted for more than 400 children at the Tent City (TC) in Barangay Calaanan.
- School supplies were distributed to more than 1,300 children.
- Vitamins were distributed to more than 100 children.
- Stuff toys were distributed to more than 500 children.
- Flashlights were distributed to 300 families
- Water purifiers were distributed to 60 families
- Reading glasses were distributed to 20 adults
- Daily supply of basic medicine was provided for IDPs at the Macanhan EC
- Weekly feeding was conducted for the 60 families at the Macanhan EC
Last April, by God’s grace, our Sendong outreach took on an expanded and more intensive phase. Following are our accomplishments:
- Daily recreational and psycho-social activities were conducted for 30 + children at Macanhan EC.
- Weekly evangelistic Bible storying 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
- Seven (7) weekly small group Bible studies were conducted with a total average attendance of 100 adults in 2 sites:
- Calaanan TC 3
- Macanhan EC
- Weekly big group fellowship was conducted with an average attendance of 30 adults weekly at Macanhan EC
Then in May, alarmed by the influx of “troubled youth” from the tent cities, the Principal of P. N. Roa High School invited our PROTECT network to conduct weekly Values Instruction Classes.
- Since the beginning of the school year, our inter-church network has been teaching and preaching the Gospel and Biblical Values to 1,051 High School students.
- Just this month (December), we also started training 30 students in basic Christian doctrines and Biblical servant-leadership.
As our team continued to serve the IDPs and conduct evangelistic Bible studies and fellowships, our church planting mission began to bear fruit.
- Weekly Sunday services are conducted for the IDPs.
- A Leadership Training Program for IDPs is being pioneered.
- Three (3) pastors-in-training are being equipped through 3 weekly classroom instruction classes and on-the-job apprenticeship.
All these achievements would not be possible without faithful partners like you. You share in all the fruit that we harvest. We know that our Father God is glorified.
- Please pray for our team and families. May the Lord protect and preserve us and our loved ones as we serve, teach and proclaim His word.
- Please pray for pastors, elders and deacons to be trained and sent out from among the IDPs. May the Lord bless the victims with servant-leaders.
- Please pray for the Holy Spirit to convert and save many more IDPs. May He build Christ’s church in temporary and permanent relocation sites.
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:
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.