On Saturday, August 24th, churches from the Southern Tagalog District put into action Christ’s command to “love your neighbor as yourself,” as they once again returned to Bacao, an area hit especially hard by last week’s monsoonal rain fall.

The Southern Tagalog District Nazarene Disaster Response team had been in the community on Thursday, August 22nd, delivering relief supplies.  Upon completion of their community assessment, it was very plain that more than food was needed.  Those in this community needed hearts, hands, and feet, willing to come alongside and help in the recovery process.

Team

Nazarene Disaster Response Team from several local churches on the Southern Tagalog District

Arrangements were made with the local government officials and early Saturday morning, a team of thirty-six ranging in age from elementary school to senior adults arrived from several of the Southern Tagalog District churches.  They arrived with their rakes, shovels, smiles, encouragement, and a willingness to get into the mud to help out their “neighbors.”  They came and wholeheartedly put actions to the word compassion!

Debris brought in by the flood waters was removed from homes.

Debris brought in by the flood waters was removed from homes.

There was much debris to be removed.

There was much debris to be removed.

Local NDR Team members worked throughout the day removing debris.

Local NDR Team members worked throughout the day removing debris.

Houses were cleaned.

Houses were cleaned.

 

Mud shoveled

Mud shoveled

Streets cleared

Streets cleared

 

Besides being a source of incredible encouragement, team members cleaned mud out of homes, removed debris brought in by the flood waters, cleaned streets and homes, and washed multiple bins of mud soaked clothing.

Many bins of mud-soaked clothes were washed

Impacting hearts through the ministry of washing clothes!

“How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed?  And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14

In the twelfth century St. Francis of Assisi said that we should, “preach the gospel at all times and when necessary, use words.”

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The gospel message came through loud and clear on Saturday as those who call themselves “Christ followers” got down in the mud and identified with those who had lost it all.  Suddenly bridges were built between hearts that opened the door to sharing the good news.

Bridges were built

Bridges were built

 

Hearts connected

Hearts connected

How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news! Romans 10:15

Blessed are the feet that came to bring good news!

Blessed are the feet that came to bring good news!

Thank you to all of those who partnered to make this project possible.  From those who were the “boots on the ground” to those who prayed and paid the price.  Nazarenes, working together around the world,  impacting lives for the Kingdom through Compassionate Ministries!

For more information see:

Nazarene Disaster Response,  Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Asia-Pacific Nazarene Disaster Response Facebook