Posted by: Admin | January 21, 2014

Tropical Depression Agaton

Dear Brethren, Sponsors and Friends,KMM School (10)

As many of you probably know by now, tropical depression Agaton struck the Philippines and did major damage in Butuan City on the Mindanao Island where our little school is located. There are 84 out of 86 barangay (districts) with heavy damage and loss of property. In many places, the floods have reached nearly to the roofs; houses are tied together with ropes and many people evacuated to the public and private schools, as most schools in Butuan have been used as evacuation centers. KMM School has been flooded on the first floor almost knee deep. A number of the school families have had to be evacuated out of their nearly destroyed homes to shelters, including our 3rd grade teacher Rio and her family. Our principal’s house has also suffered major damage. It seems that most of our school’s families have been affected by this flood, but we will know more details of the damage in the days to come. The greatest need at the moment is food and water supply, of which we are currently assisting. According to the media, it will take at least another week before the evacuees can leave the shelters. However, despite this heartbreaking news, the very best news of all is that there have been no casualties among our children and their families. We are very grateful to God for His intervention and trust Him for a complete recovery from the damage.

In about 30 days a team of six of us plan to make our semi-annual visit to Butuan where we plan to minister to the needs of the KMM School, the Bible School and some of the local fellowships that we have been supporting. We expect to encounter many dire needs when we arrive. We are therefore sending this appeal to the sponsors as well as to the general fellowships to consider this present situation and ask God if He would have a place for you to give to this need. If you feel to do so you can send any donations to Sonlight Ministries Missionary Fund (PO Box 1128, Mahomet, IL 61853) and designate the gift as Philippine Disaster Relief Fund. You can also donate online at When we as missionaries and School Directors visit there next month, we will hand carry these funds and distribute them as we see fit according to the needs that we will encounter. As usual, we will send a follow-up report when we return.

In the name of our Merciful God,

Mark Jantzi
George Herrig
Pavlina Davis

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