A deep hunger for holiness and passionate commitment to God are both evident in the lives of residents in Tacloban, Philippines, despite economic hardships caused by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.

“I perceived that it is a crucial period now that most agencies and non-government organizations which were active in the past seven months slowed down,” said Dr. Alberton Patacsil, General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church of the Philippines, who spent three days in the area. Those who do minister in the area still help distribute relief goods that have been received, as well as educate those in Tacloban on how to use their gifts to earn money for their families. The community also holds a discipleship program for the youths where they have the freedom to express all their desires and needs to the Lord, helping them to become future leaders in the community and church. Dr. Patacsil and the ministry teams thank those who have donated and ask for your continuing prayers and support. The people are very thankful for the relief goods they have received.

Read Dr. Patacsil’s full report and view more pictures from Tacloban.