Posted in Christmas, Help Philippines, Living in Timaru

Kindness of a House Owner in GigatownTimaru

In the spirit of Christmas, I would like to share the kindness that our landlady did for typhoon-stricken Filipinos.

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck Central Philippines on 8 November. I and my wife were very much concerned because of the destruction it brought to Northern Iloilo, particularly our town of Ajuy.

Sunday afternoon of 10 November, I got a call from the Timaru Herald. Their reporter asked about the situations back home and my plans for helping fellow Filipinos.

On 11 November 2013, the Timaru Herald published our desire to help the Philippines through fund-raising for relief goods.

Two days after, while we were busy contacting and soliciting help from friends abroad, I got a phone call from our land lady.

She told me that she read the article on the local paper and learned about what happened in the Philippines.

Then she said, “Instead of paying me for this week’s rent, I would like to donate it for your town’s relief effort.”

Her kindness surprised us. We’re so thankful for her generousity.

Our land lady’s contribution became part of early relief operations for Ajuy.

See some of the photos below:

Giving relief to Ajuy folks  (2)

Giving relief to Ajuy folks  (1)

Giving relief to Ajuy folks  (4)

Giving relief to Ajuy folks  (5)

Giving relief to Ajuy folks  (8)

Giving relief to Ajuy folks  (3)

Thank you Lord for giving us generous neighbours.

The kindness of people at Gigatown Timaru is quite amazing.

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Posted in Help Philippines, Mission

Local NZ Paper Promotes Our Concern for Philippines

We thank The Timaru Herald for publishing about our concern for the Philippines.
Please CLICK on the image below to read the news article:

The Timaru Herald  tells about fund-raising drive

LET US HELP THE PHILIPPINES RISE UP AND BUILD

Send your donation through The Hopevale Trust.

For donation details, please contact:

 

Ross Waugh
ross.waugh@waughinfrastructure.co.nz

 

Jonan Castillon
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Posted in Hope

Calm After the Storm

Sunset scene at Marbuena Island, our hometown of Ajuy, Iloilo Philippines (2011).
Sunset scene at Marbuena Island, our hometown of Ajuy, Iloilo Philippines (2011).

For whatever destruction the Typhoon Yolanda brought on our hometown of Ajuy, Iloilo province, Capiz, Panay Island, Cebu, Samar, Leyte and the many places of Visayas, Philippines, our prayers are with you all as we rise up and build again.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippines 4:7)

[note radius=”5″]This was my last year’s meditation, the day after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit our hometown and for 24 hours we had no communication nor any news about the aftermath.[/note]