Philippines Churches Being Rebuilt
In the wake of super-typhoon Haiyan – which devastated much of the Philippines on November 8, 2013 – Filipino believers are emerging victoriously and the church is experiencing wonderful growth.
Just outside Tacloban City in Tanaunan the church has grown from 70 members to over 400 attendees (including 100 children) since the typhoon. In a church just outside of Roxas City, membership has exploded from 60 to 350 in the last few months.
“Relief efforts opened the door for the gospel and rebuilding is strengthening the church. The members are highly motivated,” shares Bill Snider, AGWM area director for Southeast Asia.
Final estimates following Haiyan found 140 AG churches at least severely damaged and 55 of them were completely destroyed. Almost all the churches that were destroyed were constructed of wood or bamboo.
AG World Missions is helping congregations rebuild with steel-framed structures. AGWM provides the frame and the metal roof equipped to withstand high winds. Local congregations bear the cost of the church’s foundation and walls.
Steel to rebuild a smaller church costs $8,000. Medium and larger churches cost $11,000 or $16,000. A number of American AG churches have contributed enough to sponsor rebuilding one church. Those wishing to help can find more information and watch a video report by clicking here.