OC’s Rich Henderson asks his teammates at Philippine Challenge to share news about the work they have been doing in the community in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan [known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines]. Thank you to those of you who have generously donated to help the many victims of the typhoon that hit the Philippines last November.
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“Greetings from the Philippines, I am Rich Henderson, the field director for OC’s ministries here in the Philippines called Philippine Challenge. PC has some great people working, and we wanted to thank you — those of you who have generously donated to help the many victims of the typhoon that hit the Philippines in early November. Lives are being changed and two of our missionaries: Wyatt Mann and James Cantoria are going to update you a little bit on some of the things that are taking place there,” says Rich.
“Hello, this is James Cantoria with PC. He has been a veteran of PC for 10 years. I’m Wyatt Mann, and I’m with PC. I’ve been here about 18 months. We just wanted to share with you a little bit about our experience in Tacloban Leyte and Samar and the struggles that are going on there. The devastation that we saw during our travels there,” says Wyatt.
James shares: “When we first came to Leyte and Samar, three weeks after the super typhoon Haiyan, I remember coming out of the airport. I felt the heaviness in my heart, seeing the devastation and the helplessness of our people. We traveled from Tacloban Leyte to this place Samar. It’s about a 3-hr drive. We saw almost the same scenario: torn houses, many people living in tents, and uprooted trees.”
“We thank you for your gifts. Through your giving, we were able to provide GI sheets [Galvalume G.I. Corrugated Sheet] for the roofing for many churches and have given relief goods for more than thousand families,” says James.
“Soon, we’re going back to the area to bring chain saws to 8 municipalities. With the chain saws, our contact pastors in the area can provide Coco Lumber [a hardwood-substitute from coconut palm trees] for the repair of their homes and churches.
“They can also help the people in the community to build their houses, too. This will give the pastors an opportunity to build relationships and have an impact in their communities. Again, we want to thank you for your generous giving,” says James.
“Yes, we want to thank you. We feel led that this is going to be an ongoing thing for a long-time. We thank you for your support and we ask that you would continue that. It is a big help for those communities,” says Wyatt.