Posted by: In: Short Term Missionaries 12 May 2013 0 comments

I first met Zak & Kim Fast in February 2012 at a local church in Winnipeg. They were visiting that Sunday. Kim approached me after seeing a presentation I did that outlined what God was doing in the ministry on Siargao Island in the Philippines.   She asked me if we would accept volunteers to serve in the Philippines.

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Posted by: In: Van Family 26 Apr 2013 0 comments

Every time we step out of the Philippines, we face that season with the same heart as we do in ministry.  That is, trusting God and living each day by faith!  At every turn we are faced with a situation to rejoice and enjoy blessing through His goodness, or press on in trial all the while knowing God is there to sustain and grow us.   We are thankful for the challenges we face that stretch us and turn our eyes to Christ.  Our kids are also learning this.

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Posted by: In: Malnourished Children 29 Mar 2013 0 comments

Mercy Ministry keeps us very busy at Hope for the Island. It is one of the ministries that God has used to bring many to saving faith in Jesus Christ. It can look different each day as we encounter those who need a touch from God.

We have a Danish intern couple, Simon and Stephanie at Hope for the Island. They arrived in February and will minister alongside our Hope team for a six month period. They have a heart for the Lord and their passion for kids shone through immediately. This has definitely been an answer to prayer about the need for more full time staff who are willing to carry the load in existing ministries and expand our Mercy Ministry.

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Posted by: In: Van Family 22 Mar 2013 0 comments

Derek, Jenn, Brison and Makana will be in Winnipeg this summer. They are here for a short time. We want to maximize their time as well give the opportunity for friends and family to see them. Please keep your calendar open for an opportunity to see and hear from them at our Fundraiser Evening.  We will be contacting you to give you additional information.

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Posted by: In: Van Family 02 Mar 2013 0 comments

Derek recently turned 38. His birthday celebration was delayed a week when he was stranded in Surigao City because of bad weather and big waves. When he returned, the weather cleared on Sunday for our staff to have a special bonding time with the Surfer Youth Group around the northern tip of our island. A fun day was planned with lots of eating, which is always a blessing during rainy season when food is scarce. The guys all enjoyed time in and out of the surf.

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Posted by: In: Children, Photo 23 Feb 2013 0 comments Tags: , , ,

Jenny is from Australia and she visited Hope for the Island a few years ago as part of a team that brought water purification units.  She recently returned to visit and gave of herself in a new and exciting way for us!

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Posted by: In: Kid's Ministry 16 Feb 2013 0 comments

Every year it is a heartbreaking reality that those families we minister to may experience the death of a loved one. It can be due to a variety of illnesses or diseases.

One particular girl named Indy in Kid’s Ministry asked for prayer for her mother Narda. One of our Hope for the Island staff followed up and was shocked when she visited their home and saw how thin the woman had become.  This woman and her husband chop and sell fire wood. The rain and bad weather has made it difficult to get wood and then dry it. In addition to this, the mother claims that she has only slept a few hours in the last three months.  

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Dennis Derkach is a Hope for the Island Canada board member and shares about his most recent trip to the Philippines.

They say the third time is a charm but I count it a huge blessing. God gave me the opportunity to go to Hope for the Island for the third time in three years. Each visit I am amazed how God is prospering the ministry in all areas.

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Posted by: In: Mercy Ministry 01 Jan 2013 0 comments

When we allow God to burden our hearts and obey what matters most to Him, it seems as though our fast forward life slows to a pace where everything comes into perspective. It becomes very clear that we are in His presence and fulfilling the very thing we were created for. Although we minister week in and week out at Hope for the Island, we too can get comfortable and caught up in routine. Taking our Christmas break to go serve the victims of super typhoon Bopha was the best way to celebrate everything that our Savior represents. It was an end to the year that all of our staff will never forget! As we sat sharing testimonies from our outreach this morning the tears freely flowed. We all wish we didn’t have to leave.

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Posted by: In: Mercy Ministry 27 Dec 2012 0 comments

Our planned outreach to typhoon affected areas was delayed two days, due to yet another typhoon. “Quinta” hammered us on Christmas day. Although it was not as destructive and strong as “Bopha” that wreaked havoc in Mindanao, we in Siargao got hit harder. The eye was closer and north of us so the winds came straight at us and violently shook our windows and roof. Thankfully, the only damage we had was to trees and the thatch roofing on our small buildings.

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