The chainsaw was huge, but then again so was the job: helping to restore homes, lives, and hope for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
In January I traveled to the Philippines to follow-up on what Heaven’s Family has been doing since the first weeks after the disaster—which officially took over 5,000 lives and caused injury and/or loss of homes to tens of thousands of others—and help those who’ve slipped through the cracks despite massive relief efforts scattered across hundreds of square miles and dozens of islands. Survivors are rebuilding, but the process is long and slow.
I first headed north on Cebu Island, a hard-hit area neglected by many aid organizations. Thanks to generous donations to the Disaster Relief Fund from our brothers and sisters in the UK, a super-sized chainsaw was already at work, clearing felled trees and making lumber by cutting them into planks for home reconstruction. Heaven’s Family has provided funds to purchase tin roofing sheets and other materials to rebuild this small community, some of which had already begun. Let me introduce you to a few families that you are helping in the photos below…
During my visit with Molong he commented about how he was also receiving disaster relief funds from a large American television ministry most would immediately recognize. He said that he appreciated the funds, but the only thing that accompanied the check was an impersonal form letter that didn’t even have his name on it. That organization is simply too large, we concluded, to enter into a relationship with those they help. Heaven’s Family is different, he went on to say. You come; you want relationship. He liked that.
I’m thrilled to be a part of a ministry that personally touches the lives of so many. Thank you for entrusting us with that privilege.
Because of Him,
Director, Disaster Relief Fund
Of course, I cannot send a report without sharing some photos of the beautiful children I meet!