COVID-19 and our Philippines Ministry

The island in the Philippines where our ministry is headquartered has been on lock down since about March 30th due to the COVID-19 crisis.

 

As you can see in the above pictures, a gate has been constructed at the main road entering the subdivision where our rescue center is located. No one can enter, or leave, without valid ID and an acceptable reason. Much of the work has come to a halt and a city that is usually bustling with hundreds and hundreds of people is now mostly quiet.

The real issue that this quarantine causes for poor families in this area is hunger. Most of the people live in homes that don’t have refrigerator’s or other places to store food for long periods of time. Even if they did have those conveniences, they don’t have enough money to stock up, even during normal times. Now, with no work, they are really struggling.

Pastor Ner has told me that some families in our meal centers are only eating once a day so that they can ration food. We cannot prepare the meals and go serve at this time, however, pastor Ner can deliver bags of food to families. He has already made food available to the church members and they will be buying especially for the families in the meal centers in the next day or so.

 

They will be using the meal center money for this month to buy the food, but it’s not enough to meet the demand. With that in mind, we are going to send a special offering tomorrow that will be used to buy rice and other staple foods to make up these much needed food bags for the suffering families.

If you want to contribute to this special need, you can use this link to donate online now. Or, you can mail your gift using the address at the bottom of this email. (Due to the time-sensitive nature, if you plan to mail a check, please respond to this email and let us know. We will go ahead and send it tomorrow if we know the check is on the way.)

I know there are a lot of needs right now. I know many of you are also in need. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for prayer or help if you need us.

Blessings,
Travis