HAPPY NEW YEAR!
HAPPY NEW YEAR
As a family, we pray that you and your family experience ‘a living hope’ throughout the new year.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” – 1 Peter 1:3
We want to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for each individual, family, women’s mission group, business, and church that faithfully supported us through prayer and financial giving throughout 2019. Your faithful support has sustained us throughout the year and we are sincerely thankful! Each prayer offered and every financial gift given, no matter the size, has been a blessing to our family and to our ministry. Thank-you for partnering with us, Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM),and our partners, as we share God’s love to a broken world through word and deed.
As you may have already heard, the Philippines was hit by a major tropical storm on Christmas day (local Philippine time). Typhoon Ursula (International name – Phanfone) hammered the Visayas region making landfall in seven different places, including Panay Island (Northern Iloilo, Capiz, and Aklan provinces), which is the island were we live. News agencies reported sustained heavy rainfall and destructive winds gusting upwards of 200 km/h. We are thankful that our electricity and internet has been restored as of yesterday morning, but many areas are still without services, such as electricity, water, and communications.
Throughout the region there is extensive damage to homes, businesses, schools, and industries such as the fisheries and agriculture. Many structures were damaged, and in some cases, were completely destroyed. Traditional homes made of light materials (bamboo, nipa roofing, sheet metal, etc.) suffered the greatest damage as they are not built to withstand these kinds of storms. The clean-up and rehabilitation will take a long time as some rural and remote areas are reporting that it could be weeks before their electricity is restored. The immediate need is to repair and/or rebuild homes that have been damaged or destroyed. Additionally, there will be a need to help rehabilitate livelihoods that have been impacted, especially farmers who have lost their crops or their trees, and fisherfolk who have lost equipments, nets, boats, etc.
For more information on CBM’s work around the world, including the Philippines, or to donate please visit www.cbmin.org or call 1-905-821-3533.
If you are interested in becoming a Partner-in-Mission with our family, please contact Barb Keys (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-905-821-3533) at Canadian Baptist Ministries. You can also visit their website at www.cbmin.org to give online or for more information. We are only able to follow God’s leading in our lives thanks to the monthly support of generous individuals and churches.
All donations of $10.00 or more will receive a charitable tax receipt at year end.
Michael & Melanie
Kyla, Sean, Carter & Allie