As the world knows by now Super Typhoon Haiyan landed in the Philippines and has done much destruction. With 9.3 Million effected and at least 600,000 homeless the death toll will raise (Red Cross estimating at 10,000) if there is no relief.
Currently Youth With A Mission locally and internationally is headed to the effected areas to bring life saving relief. Cebu (my former home for 8 years) has become a hub for relief not just for YWAM but the world coming to help out in this disaster.
I (Dustin) will be headed to Cebu to help organize and network with other churches and NGOs so we can effectively reach people in the hard hit areas. . Please read on to see what we will be doing.
Most Powerful Storm Recorded. When the typhoon hit I (Dustin) was in General Santos City (Mindanao) teaching in their DTS. I knew that the center of the Philippines was going to get hard and also Manila would be somewhat effected. With my family living south of Manila my first concern was my family. But even after a little scare of trying to call Haydee and not getting through, my family was safe.
But the sad truth is that our story is not the same for other families in the disaster zone. There are still people looking for love ones and friends and others who lost their whole family. And with the survivors of this storm there is no food, no clean water, no where to go, and hope is dropping. Desperation is in high gear. Their cry is being heard and the world is trying their best to respond.
YWAM International are sending teams from all around the world. With in the next few days we will have times from the States, Mexico, Netherlands, and Australia coming in to help. We also have teams from around the Philippines entering into this zone to bring help.
A lot as fallen on YWAM Cebu since this has happened. They have become a hub for relief for those of us in YWAM. I will be going there to help out any way I can to get these teams stocked and out into the effected areas. Also we will be doing our best to try to network with churches and other NGOs so we can be strategic in our response.
Please keep the Philippines in your prayers. The next few weeks are vital, but it will take years to rebuild.
Donations for Typhoon Haiyan Relief
I would like you to pray if you are to give during this time.
Personally, I have 2 ways you can give.
You can give to YWAM Philippines. We have local teams going out and your gift and help them give much needed supplies to the effected.
You can also give through YWAM International..
Thank you for taking the time to pray for the Philippines and considering if God would lead you to give.
We are moving into greater anointing and authority than we’ve ever seen before. However, we’ve already seen attempts to limit our freedom to minister. These will continue, especially in seasons of persecution. God has already given us the pattern to continue to move as freely as possible in carrying out His work. That’s why we need to remain true to our calling.
Some want to define us as a “non-government organization” (NGO) or a “non-profit organization” (NPO). It may be easier when speaking to government officials or bankers to use those terms. But these should not define us. For one thing, both terms begin with “non.” That’s not who we are. But we, as YWAMers, are a spiritual movement of followers of Jesus Christ of the Holy Bible.
Who and What is YWAM?
1. We are the waves...
· According to the vision God showed me in June of 1956,
· Obeying and completing the Great Commission of Jesus.
2. YWAM is called to be constantly...
3. As followers of Jesus Christ, in an all-volunteer, faith-missionary movement, YWAM includes...
· People of every nationality, tribe, ethnicity (people groups),
and language groups,
· All generations, but with youth as the majority.
4. Therefore, as long as YWAM has these elements and is...
· Led and anointed by the Holy Spirit;
· Continuing to be God-fearing, remaining close to Jesus as Lord;
· Praising and worshiping Him;
· Advancing in the “alls” and “everys” of the Great Commission implicit in the covenantal vision of the “waves” which calls us to always innovate and co-create with God in fresh ways for the accomplishment of His purposes;
· Doing all as a scriptural-based movement, fulfilling all of His commands, with priestly intercession, and the five-fold ministry gifts operating among us;
· While building His kingdom, planting good seed that grows into mature followers of Jesus, and spiritually alive, lasting institutions, that are linked to the YWAM movement spiritually, relationally and with the same vision and values of YWAM, but are not related legally, as each entity must “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s but to God the things that are God’s.” These include institutions such as schools for children, YWAM bases, UofN campuses, churches, families, healthcare clinics, ships, and more that serve to transform both individuals and societies in every one of the 4k Omega Zones of geography and in all the social & demographic spheres and groups through servant leadership.
As long as we remain faithful to these and to God’s Word, YWAM has a bright, fruitful, and growing future with God.
YWAM is and continues to be a global family of diverse ministries that are united in Jesus Christ with the same covenant, vision and values, as we are bonded together to Him and to one another,worshiping and learning together.
Jesus is Winning! We also win if we stay close to Jesus, and do, be and teach the above.
“Of the increase of His government and of peace, there will be no end... The zeal of The Lord of Hosts will do this” Isaiah 9:7 (ESV).
Loren Cunningham (September/October, 2013)
P.S. You probably noticed that many nouns, verbs and adjectives above are in BOLD. I want to challenge you to make a serious study of the Scripture regarding these concepts, either through the exact words or through implication. We need these foundational understandings from the Bible for all of YWAM in the days ahead. Discover them; live them; then teach them and YWAM will live!
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