‘SENDONG’ REPORT: From Relief to Rehabilitation to Church Planting

“Please pray for the Holy Spirit to convert and save many more flood victims-evacuees in Cagayan de Oro. May He build Christ’s church in temporary and permanent relocation sites.” – Pastor Glem Melo

New Hope

A year ago, December 17, 2011, 1:30 in the morning, typhoon Sendong (international codename: Washi) brought flash floods to our region (Northern Mindanao) that killed more than 1,200 people, injured close to 2,000 and left more than 1,500 missing. According to official government data, the floods affected 102,899 families or 674,472 people in 766 villages in 52 towns and eight cities in 13 provinces. Of these, 13,090 families or 48,980 people were displaced in 45 evacuation centers.

For exactly 1 year now, we have been serving, evangelizing and discipling children and families who are living in temporary shelters. With our partner churches, our mission team has worked in 8 sites, benefiting hundreds of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

  • Right after the flood, 3 families have been evacuated and lived in our house.
  • Twelve (12) families from the slums of Isla de Oro were served. Food, medicine, clothes and other goods were…

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About New Hope

We are a community of people who believe in and live for Jesus Christ. We embrace and proclaim the Gospel as taught in the Bible and explained in the teachings of the Reformation: Salvation is by grace alone (sola gratia) because of Jesus Christ alone (solus Christus), received through faith alone (sola fide), based on the teachings of the Bible alone (sola scriptura), all for the glory of God alone (soli Deo gloria). SALVATION IS BY GRACE ALONE, THROUGH FAITH ALONE, BECAUSE OF JESUS CHRIST ALONE, BASED ON THE TEACHINGS OF THE BIBLE ALONE, ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD ALONE.
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