Through Faith Promise / Grace Giving, our church supports 60+ missionary families in the Philippines. Three of those families are located in Tacloban on the island of Leyte. As you probably know, just a few days ago, the Central Philippine Islands took a horrific, direct hit from Typhoon Haiyan.
John and Christi Wynn and family are safe; their house sustained significant damage, their home was flooded, leaving their personal belongings in ruins.
David and Jill Coltrane are safe; their house was virtually destroyed.
Howard and Ginny Wynn were in Raleigh (on furlough) during the typhoon. Though Howard and Ginny are safe, they have been advised that their house in the Philippines is more than likely a total loss.
All three of these missionaries have multiple ministries on the islands (churches, youth camps, schools, etc.) which have been devastated.
IBMA is the mission board for all of the Filipino national missionaries which our church supports. We have contacted IBMA and they advised that they will be sending a list of pastors who were affected by Typhoon Haiyan to the supporting churches. This list will be made available as soon as possible.
Greg and LuAnn Lyons have reported that their families are all safe in Manila. Greg said, “The typhoon tracked west of Manila. The Lord has spared our city! All of our folks are doing well.”
I’m sure that we will continue to receive updates from all of our missionaries in the Philippines. Please continue to specifically pray for those missionaries and for the people they minister to and serve. As Howard Wynn stated, ”the Filipinos are worthy of our love and help.”
Our church is establishing a special fund to assist in the relief and rebuilding efforts. If you would like to help during this tremendous time of need, please write your checks payable to Faith Baptist Church, and make a note on the check for Philippine Typhoon Relief. If you give cash, please make a note on your envelope that you are giving to the Philippine Typhoon Relief fund.
Again, please pray for God's provision and safety for all of our missionaries serving in the Philippines.