Posted by: In: Staff 17 Jan 2014 0 comments

Jing has served at Hope for the Island for 10 years. She is currently doing her DTS (Discipleship Training School) at YWAM in Manila. The following is an update from her:Jing 2013

I am always grateful to God for those of you who have been my partner in prayer in this season of my life. One of our YWAM lectures about the heart and all the issues surrounding it broke me before the Lord. I got a clearer picture of my spiritual walk and many past hurts surfaced. Although painful, God used this to show me that for a long time I was still living in the dark.

Thank God for this time of refreshing and bringing me into His light so I could shine it to this dark world. I feel like a new person as He healed these root issues.  I have lived with so many insecurities, trying to hide behind them by doing more ministry. I am grateful to have time like this to press into Him without any distractions.  I feel so free and want to shout how good is our God that He never gave up on me! I can now witness boldly about God’s goodness and love without any awkwardness because it is real in my life.
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Posted by: In: Kid's Ministry 31 Dec 2013 0 comments

God is so real to the children here. When we arrive in the villages each week, the kids are so excited to see us. They run alongside our truck calling out our names ready to give us local flowers and hugs.
Christmas programs bring much anticipation as the Ziploc Bags of Hope arrive. Your love and care in packing these blessings bring big smiles and squeals of joy. For many of them it is the first time to have a real toy and quality school supplies. They say thank you so many times to us and we tell them that many people on the other side of the world love, care and pray for them. We are so grateful for your generosity whether you physically packed a bag or donated so we could fill one. Most of these children are poor and face daily struggles because of it. Blessings even though practical and simple bring such joy and excitement for them.

As we look to the year ahead please keep these kids in prayer. Attendance varies from month to month. Some families left for other parts of the island because of political problems. Read more…

Posted by: In: JoyJoy, Mercy Ministry 30 Dec 2013 0 comments Tags:

Joyjoy is a young lady who continues to inspire us. She could so easily be discouraged by her very trying trip that was 10 hours away by land and sea where she sought medical attention. The doctor who examined her made it clear to her and her family that Image_Newshe has no hope apart from surgery for a brain tumor.

JoyJoy and her parents did not have peace that surgery was the best option. She knows very well that her hope is set in the right place. Her hope is anchored in the one who gave her life and provides strength and joy to face each challenging day.

We are blessed and inspired daily by this young girl who has her eyes and heart fixed on Jesus. As you pray for her, also ask the Lord to stir in our heart this kind of faith, hope and love that is not dependent on circumstances.

Posted by: In: Weather 28 Dec 2013 0 comments

  We ask you to continue to remember those in the Philippines who are trying to rebuild their lives. We are thankful we were able to serve them and share the gospel of Jesus Christ.



Posted by: In: Typhoon Haiyan 30 Nov 2013 0 comments Tags: , , , ,

When Typhoon Haiyan (aka – Yolanda) comes to mind or in conversation, it is always with a feeling of heartache especially in light of the extensive damage and suffering caused by a storm of such magnitude.

Suffering in general is something we want to avoid and when the time comes that it knocks on our door, we find it challenging to endure. Despair, fear and hopelessness can consume even the strongest of people. Yet somehow in the midst of these trials, there is a unique opportunity to encounter the realness of God unlike any other way.Facing these hardships brings to the surface our frailty and need, something not always recognized when life is going smooth.

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Posted by: In: Typhoon Haiyan 16 Nov 2013 0 comments Tags: , , , ,

From Elaine:

We are so very thankful for God’s hand of protection over Siargao Island. In spite of the fact that all weather maps and satellite showed them taking a strong hit, there has been no loss of life that we are aware of. Winds topped 150 km and the ocean surge was approximately 50 meters from high tide. Many throughout the Philippines are facing horrendous loss of life and property. You have shown your heart for our family and the ministry that God has entrusted them with.

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From Elaine

We are so grateful for your phone calls and emails. As parents we felt helpless as we watched the “worst storm of the year” unfold. Other storms had bypassed Hope for the Island, but this would be different. Less than 24 hours before the typhoon hit Derek was still trying to decide if he should evacuate or ride out the storm. We prayed for wisdom for our son.

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Posted by: In: Malnourished Children 23 Oct 2013 0 comments

Love requires action.

Early in 2013 Hope for the Island started feeding severely malnourished children a healthy meal per day.  We anticipated success and the results have been incredible.  We have always fed children healthy meals on our weekly outreaches because many kids are under nourished.  However, for the severely malnourished we needed to step it up and fast.

With no intervention, many of these children die each year.  The need for this outreach became clear during the follow up visits with the pregnant women who are part of our Prenatal Care program.  When visiting these villages, we started hearing stories of kids who are neglected and eventually die.  As we sought out more information, we were led to homes where we encountered these precious children in such horrific conditions.

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Posted by: In: Learning Centre, Photo 28 Sep 2013 0 comments Tags: ,

From Jing:

As head teacher, I am very much grateful to God. He has always been our strength and our teacher and knows what is best for this ministry. He is always at work and we want to be sensitive in our response so as to see fruit and growth.

God reveals Himself in simple ways to children and they have grown to understand Him as a good Father that loves them. Parents testify how happy they are with our school. Students learn academics but also about Jesus, the name above all names.  Students are applying what they have learned at school in their homes. They are taking the lead giving thanks before even a simple meal at their house. They remind their parents what God’s Word says during trials. Their parents are proud of them and God is using them mightily! Some students live in an environment that is not Christ centred. One or both parents may not be Christians or may be new in their faith. Parents testify that when their children hear someone cursing or they witness their father drunk, their response now is to pray and repeat what they have learned from their teacher and God’s Word.

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Posted by: In: Staff 26 Sep 2013 0 comments

It is hard to know where to start and how to put words to the mix of emotions I have for God’s faithful hand of guidance and provision. Serving Him is amazing! It is really an honour to have been with Hope for the Island for 10 years and 3 months. The ways I have encountered God in this ministry I will treasure in my heart forever.

Back 10 years ago, before the day I graduated from Bible School, I prayed that God would send and use me in a simple and peaceful place. God answered that prayer when Derek and Jenn invited me to help pioneer Hope for the Island.  The beginning days were filled with struggle. The ministry was birthed by faith. Each day we trusted God to meet our needs and lead us. Although it was a beautiful place it was also dark spiritually. The area God provided for Hope for the Island was known as a place of bad spirits and many people were afraid.

Many of the stories people shared discouraged me and caused me to consider leaving and not turn back. By God’s grace and strength, we persevered and it became my training ground. It was training for ministry and for all areas of my life.

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