The island of Samar is home to over 733,000 people. Typhoon Haiyan first made landfall on the southeastern tip of the island. In the Philippines, they call small towns or villages "Barangays." This is what a number of the barangays looked like a little over a week ago as we toured the southeastern portion of Samar. These barangay were once home to tens of thousands of people. Our teams are currently in country and ministering to the needs of the victims of this great disaster. We will be posting a video and more information on how you can help in the coming days.
Tim sent me this message: Here what the families are building and living in...in some cases there were 10 people living in these shelters that were built from the rubble..there is no fuel, drinking water, food or power on the east side of Samar. These people have lost everything.
Update on their return. There is no power on any of the hit islands. Everyone is trying to leave. There are very hungry people trying to leave the island. Our departure has been delayed. Looks like we will be forgoing the ferry ride from Samar over to Cebu, as too many people need off the island. Lord willing we will be taking a 20 hour bus ride instead. We know the Lord is in the details. We are confident of that, and trust Him completely. We believe we will likely be home Monday sometime, but we'll see what unfolds. Pray for us as we pray too! Thank you for praying us through this! We have a good and faithful God!
Tim Wylie & Colin Mclean
Village of Hernani
Tim's first opportunity to text me a photo. The island they were on was without power and there was no cell reception. Even the satellite phone had terrible reception. The people on that island are hungry for food and hungry to hear about Jesus. They have faced death, and now have genuine questions about eternity. Please pray for physical provision for these people. Pray as logistics and such are still quite complicated. We have a Great God! He is opening doors as always... And the men working are laboring intensely. Pray for them. I don't have any update, as there has been no real communication, but for a few sporadic minutes over a garbled sat phone convo. Tim sent me this photo, and a text that he and Colin were in Hernani (on the Island of Samar) looking for gas. The two are traveling back early to get the information brought back state side. Pray for their long travel journey. They've been traveling nonstop since early AM, and won't land in LAX until Sunday evening. But they are moving nonstop.
Thanks so much for your prayers!!!
This is the airport in Tacloban we hope to be flying into Monday evening. Please pray that the field would be open and receiving flights by then. Government Officials are estimating over 10,000 dead in Tacloban alone. Would you also pray for a mighty outpouring of God's Spirit on the Philippines and protection for our families while we are away.
The Philippines were just hit with what may be the strongest storm on record to make landfall. Typhoon Haiyan came ashore a Cat 5 with reported sustained wind speeds of 195 mph and gusts to 235 mph. The island of Samar seems to have taken the brunt of the storm. I will be leaving this Sunday with a team being led by Pastor Gerry Brown. He reports there are 7 CC Churches and Bible schools on the island of Samar. He also had family there that he lost contact with over 20 hours ago. Please pray for Pastor Gerry's family and for all that have been effected by this storm. And please pray for our team as we seek God's leading and provision.