By missionary staff
Before dawn 18 volunteers awoke in a 2-bedroom house in the Filipino city of Marawi. Two prepared breakfast, two packed lunch for everyone, and others loaded the goods into the borrowed Kia Bongo outside.
By this morning on June 9, 2017, violence had raged in and around Marawi for about two weeks, as Islamic militants affiliated with ISIS wrestled with government forces for control of the region. Thousands were displaced.
The 18 volunteers prepared to deliver relief goods to about 200 households. It was Friday in this Muslim part of the Catholic Philippines. They aimed to accomplish the work before prayers at noon.
One hundred ninety-seven households each received a malong (a multipurpose garment that can also be used as a towel, baby sling, cloth to wrap supplies in, etc.), a shirt, a sack of rice, apples, and crackers.
What a difference it made!
One displaced person said before relief came, “The gunshots didn’t kill us, but hunger, stress, and losing everything may.” This person’s family received the food they desperately needed to survive.
While in the community, the volunteers are relief workers, but they are also the church planting team of the local ministry. This crisis opens the doors of the displaced persons’ broken hearts to know and feel Jesus’ love and care.
God has looked after the workers. Indeed, “God’s work done God’s way never lacks God’s supply.”
ANM’s partner is responding in Marawi and the surrounding region to provide aid to those displaced or otherwise affected by the conflict. Thank you for supporting them! Donors have given more than $5,000 to purchase malongs, rice, and other supplies.