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Immediate relief to earthquake-affected area

Philippines | OM International

Debrief after earthquakeAn earthquake of 7.2 magnitude hit Cebu at 8:12 on Tuesday, 15 October, where the OM Philippines-Cebu Ministries team is based. The epic centre of the earthquake was in neighbouring Bohol Island, but most of the casualties are from Cebu. To date, 158 people have been pronounced dead and still more are missing.

Having recently concluded a workshop conducted by Wesley Relief Society from Singapore on church response to disaster and crisis, OM team members immediately contacted two participants from Bohol to survey the extent of damage in the area.

“Our people were one of the first to respond [to the crisis],” said Sally Ababa, team leader of OM Philippines-Cebu Ministries. “The ID card we issued [participants] during our crisis relief training proved to be helpful as they used it to get permission to go into places no one has gone yet. They mobilised different ministerial and pastoral associations in the area and were able to get hold of village officials and other government units. The greatest need at the moment is water, food, medicine and temporary shelter.”

Under the leadership of OMer Gerry Rizon from OM Philippines-Cebu Ministries and Pastor Jun Tubo of Ubay Bohol, the Bohol Crisis Response Team left last week to provide water and food in four areas of Bohol: Sagbayan, Loon, Clarin and Bali-lihan. As food supplies on Bohol Island are running out, goods will be sourced elsewhere.

Time is of essence now. The team appreciates your fervent prayers.

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Photos Philippines

Philippines :: The STEP OUT Philippines team was humbled by the love they received from people who barely knew them, yet who welcomed them with all their hearts.
Philippines :: The team also learnt to appreciate every little detail of the outreach, from the food they ate, to the different methods of transportation used, to the smiles they were greeted with everywhere
Philippines :: Three young people from UK, one from Switzerland and two from Taiwan wanted their comfort zones challenged during two-weeks outreach in the Philippines.
Philippines :: The STEP OUT Philippines team ministered to families of street children who were fixing their homes devastated by typhoons and participated in programmes organised by Sunrise Alliance Church and Youth Life Ministries in Manila.
Philippines :: During the two-week outreach, STEP OUT Philippines participants were able to minister to tribal people in the mountains of Ifugao.
Philippines :: Sally Ababa joined OM in 1997 and is the field leader of OM Philippines. Her desire is to see theology and faith lived out and experienced by the masses – those who are needy, underprivileged, exploited and marginalised – and her quest to know God more led her to full-time ministry. Although based in Cebu, Philippines, she can regularly be found at the OM Philippines office in Manila. She is also leader of OM East Asia Pacific’s Mercy Ministries and provides training and support to fields involved in mercy ministries, where possible.
Philippines :: OM Philippines team members were encouraged by the stories of victims and relief workers–and their words of thanks–over the past few weeks as a result of the relief distribution.
Philippines :: From the start, it was decided that recipients would get to choose what items they wanted. To facilitate this, a “bazaar” was set up and family representatives were given 10 minutes to choose which clothing they needed.
Philippines :: A child in Poblacion, Medellin waits for her parents as new clothes are selected from the bazaar set up by OM Philippines. The distribution of these relief goods is still ongoing.
Philippines :: A tribal family in Almeira, Naval called the Mamanwa receive new clothes from OM Philippines. Team members found the view from their village incredible.


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