On December 16, 2021, typhoon Odette (Rai) struck the Philippines, causing widespread devastation. Former REZ pastor Duane Sarazin connected with his friend Pastor Max (Maximino Maregmen) whose church is in Barangay Guadalupe, Baybay City on Leyte island— the 2nd island hit by the typhoon—to see what help was needed and make others aware.
REZ is also offering its support to Pastor Max and his church’s relief efforts to its community. If you’d like to be part of this, please select the Donate button below.
Easter greetings from the Philippines. We have celebrated the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ with full of HOPE. I have communicated with DS Duane and they told me that your church has sent me funds for our mission here. I just came from the bank and it is there already. We received $878.50. Thank you much… it is just timely as we were again disturbed with a very scary experience with nature. Our parsonage kitchen was totally destroyed when the small creek was flooded and it broke the dike protection. Many of our neighbors were also flooded and there are more than 17 landslides that happened all over the mountainous area of the city. The rescue and retrieval operations are still on going. Our church committee on relief is already preparing for our distribution on Friday. These funds are so timely that we could share to our needy neighbors. Again, thank you and God bless us all.
In Christ, Pastor Max
JAN 24 update
Below are recent pictures sent from Pastor Max showing that donated funds are being used to purchase building materials and reconstruction is taking place.
JAN 06 update from Pastor Max
Greetings in the Great, Mighty Acts of God this new year. All praises to Him whom all blessings flow. We have been distributing rice, groceries, and other immediate need of our members and their immediate neighbors according to our capacity, but making it sure that the Love of Christ is felt. We limit the number of our recipients because of our limited resources. Thanks be to God if we could work out the idea of helping us do a greater work. This time, I suggest to consider the rehabilitation process. Rebuild their houses and assist livelihoods and work out possible income generating especially to those small-scale fisherfolks and farmers.
Below are recent pictures. The woman distributing relief is Myrna (purple blouse; Pastor Max is the man wearing the light blue shirt and hat). These are some of the damages of the fishermen’s boats that were damaged and a picture of constructing a temporary dwelling for a widow. We salvaged from torn materials from her ruined house.
JAN 11 update from Duane Sarazin
We have collected or had pledged $1175 to help Pastor Max in the Philippines with the recovery from the recent terrible typhoon storm. MANY THANKS to those who have responded thus far. He and Myrna lost their roof; and he told me that many in his congregation are literally “starving” because they lost everything…their homes and everything in them, including food. Please use the donate button above to help in relief efforts.