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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Posted by: In: Weather 16 Dec 2012 0 comments Tags:

As many of you know, we in the Philippines have just endured one of the strongest typhoons to date. Typhoon Bopha (locally known as Pablo) was on track to wipe out our island. This category 4 typhoon came with 220+ km/hr. winds and rain with huge ocean surges.

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Posted by: In: Short Term Missionaries 08 Dec 2012 0 comments Tags: , ,

Charlene Derkach is a Hope for the Island Canada Board Member and shares her reflections on a mission trip to Hope.

In September God once again provided a way for me to journey across the world from Canada and be a part of the amazing move of His Spirit at Hope for the Island. I am moved to tears once again as I arrive at Hope and sense immediately His Presence Love and Peace. So wonderful to see familiar faces that are now my extended family – Derek & Jenn, Brison & Makana, Let, Jing, Joan, Cristina, Cora, Nermilyn and Kenneth. My stay is always too short as it has been the last 2 times as well being only 2 weeks on the island. But what an amazing 2 weeks! My servant heart wanted only to be immersed in life at Hope for the Island and be the best extension of Him that I could be.

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Posted by: In: Short Term Missionaries 29 Nov 2012 0 comments

It was an early start as are most events that are part of Hope for the Island. We arrived at a local village by 7:30. It was a rainy day but our Hope team showed no signs of the dreariness that surrounded us. Derek and Jenn dropped us off and went to the boat dock to pick up the medical team arriving from another island. They did not like to ride boats and this weather would create large waves that would rock the boat they were arriving on from Surigao City. The next day would be an early morning repeat in Burgos, the neighboring village of Hope for the Island. Over a two day period 505 men, women and children were blessed with a consultation and medicine if needed.

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Posted by: In: Short Term Missionaries 22 Nov 2012 0 comments

It is 2 a.m. I seem to be the only one still not sleeping with the exception of the cabin crew and pilots.   As I look around me in the dim light of the airplane at the bobbing heads in awkward positions I reflect on my 11th trip to the Philippines.

It was clear that I needed a rest.  Although I was very involved in the planning stages and preparation for the Harvest Mission team, dear friends and Hope Board Members, Dennis & Charlene took leadership of the team while here. What a joy to see their passion in action!  When my husband Brian left with the team for Canada I took the time I had longed for and needed with family. My ministry work came second for the first time in years. 

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

At 10 o’clock one morning a motorcycle pulled onto the Hope property. A middle aged man and his nephew got off. The man used a simple walking stick.

Both were seeking medical assistance for something called Hubag. It is an infectious boil that is common in the tropics. Christina pulled out the first aid supplies used for Mercy Ministry. These supplies arrive in boxes from Canada and are vital for times such as these as well as well as use as an everyday first aid kit. Simple cuts can become infected to the point of causing death if left unattended in the tropics. An erupting boil can surface overnight without even a cut or sore. Contaminated water, parasites or disease within the body has to have an outlet.

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Posted by: In: Organic Farm 18 Oct 2012 0 comments

Since the day our farmers joined Hope for the Island we have been praying for them. For months we have been laying seeds of truth in the hearts of our farmer workers. We have been praying that they would get to know Christ and make a decision to make Him Lord and Savior. One of the six farmers, Edang was already a Christian when he joined our team. The others were originally accepted to come on as farm staff even though they were not Christians. 

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Posted by: In: Testimonies 11 Oct 2012 0 comments

Hi my name is Kenneth.  I’m a local surfer from the town of Burgos.  I have a broken family.  My mother and father both left me when I was young.  I grew up with my grandma.  Being abandoned made me angry and confused.  When I turned 15 years old I got into alcohol and drugs as a way to forget what my parents did to me.  It helped for a while to push away my pain and have fun but I still felt empty inside and longed for more.  I never knew what love was because it was never taught or shown to me.  Whenever I see a child who has parents and a good family I feel jealous and makes me hurt.  When I was 20 years old I attended the youth ministry at Hope for the Island just for fun.  I listen to what they are sharing but not get too close to anyone.  I just attend to have fun and joke around.  Then Hope for the Island had visitors from Hawaii.  All the youth were invited to attend for a camp and games.  There is one guy on the team that spend time with us.  He asked me if I knew that Jesus loved me.  I just looked at him but didn’t answer because I didn’t know what to say or what that means. 

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Posted by: In: Testimonies 04 Oct 2012 0 comments

I am Jennifer David but everyone calls me “Jing”. I’ve been working at Hope for the Island for over nine years already. I was part of pioneering the ministry of HOPE. Back then life was very hard and not really enjoyable. Being the very first worker was challenging physically, emotionally and spiritually. Learning to work with foreigners (Derek and Jenn) was a new experience for me. Also there were so many attacks as we tried to open the Word of God in a place with many spiritual strongholds. In those days I thought I would not make it.

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