Advancing Native Missions has almost 40 native ministry partners in the Philippines, and many of these were affected by Typhoon Haiyan, also called Yolanda, which made landfall in the central Philippines on November 8, 2013. Haiyan brought winds, rain, and waves as powerful as any tropical storm that has ever made landfall anywhere in the world. Thousands died, many more thousands were displaced, infrastructure was ruined, and many lost all they owned.
ANM’s ministry partners were already present when the storm struck, ready to provide for victims’ immediate and long-term needs. Donors here in the US have given generously, and ANM has been able to send tens of thousands of dollars and many shipments of supplies to our partners. As a result, native Filipino relief teams have taken food, money, medicine, medical care, blankets, and other supplies to those in need around the region.They have also taken the ultimate response to such a tragedy: the hope of the Gospel.
We are pleased to serve such dedicated servants of the Lord, many of whom suffered their own losses. Because of their local knowledge and relationships, they have been especially effective in their relief efforts, particularly in remote areas far from the centers of international aid. Because they are working in their home islands and towns, they will continue to serve as long as there are needs, which will be many months or years.
One of our core values at ANM is relationship. We strive to develop and maintain genuine and personal relationships with both donors and native ministry partners. So when our partners experience a tragedy, we suffer with them. Thank you for your partnership in this work.
“This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” – 2 Corinthians 9:12