Finally in May we received a third update about the situation in Iligan and Cagayan de Oro.
Five months (Dec.,2011- May, 2012) after typhoon Washi struck, many of the victims in both the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro were already resettled to their new residences which were awarded to them by the government and non-government organizations. However, most of the victims are still living/staying in tent cities. Most of the people affected (especially those staying in tent cities) have not fully recovered from the trauma that they experienced. By God’s grace, since help from Good Samaritans are still pouring in, we are also doing our part by distributing the goods to the victims.
The Iligan brethren are conducting regular follow up with the victims who are now attending church services and bible studies. Every Sunday after the worship service, the victims join bible studies being conducted by the elders. These victims, almost 40 of them eat lunch with the elders and some other brethren every Sunday. In addition to the regular feeding that the typhoon victims receive every Sunday, the Iligan and Cagayan de Oro brethern (in cooperation with a group of Christian Doctors), conducted a free medical-dental clinic last April 21, 2012 in one of the evacuation centers in Iligan. During the free clinic, the recipients were given free snacks while waiting for their turn to be examined by the Doctors. The victims, just like the previous free clinics conducted, were witnessed to before they received free medical and dental treatment. There were more than 450 recipients during this free medical-dental clinic.
Cagayan de Oro City:
The Cagayan de Oro brethern also conducted a feeding session for the victims in one of the evacuation centers in the city. Just like the previous feeding sessions, the Gospel was shared to the people before food was distributed. The recipients during the feeding session were approximately 356 people- including children.
Livelihood project, Housing Assistance and Distribution of Bibles:
In Cagayan de Oro City, three families were recipients to shelter/housing assistance. The assistances were very small, but enough to repair their houses destroyed by the typhoon. The assistance was given to augment the funds they have for the repair of their houses.
One of the families also received a financial assistance for livelihood. A second hand motorbike with carriage was purchased and is now being used as source of income to support his family’s needs.
With regards to assistance for the victims’ spiritual needs, bibles were purchased and some were already distributed. By God’s grace many of the victims (from both Iligan and Cagayan de Oro) are now attending bible studies and church worship services. In fact, many of the victims attended the ministry’s conference held last April 28-My 1, 2012 (Pictures Attached). Praise the Lord.
Assistances in cash and in kind are still pouring in. Some are used clothes, canned goods and school supplies for kids. We hope to distribute these relief goods and the remaining funds before the start of classes come June, 2012.