“Commemorating a year and 2 weeks of “word and deed” ministry to Sendong victims-survivors. As our team continues to serve and proclaim God’s word among them, please pray for the Holy Spirit to work in the hearts of many. May He build Christ’s church in temporary and permanent relocation sites.” – Pastor Glem Melo

New Hope / Open Eyes Mission

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…

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