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Super typhoon Yolanda slammed through the city of Tacloban on November 8th, 2013 causing a gigantic storm surge and leaving in its wake more than 6000 dead according to the press. The people say closer to 10,000 died. In the terror of the moment, many cried out to God to save them and they’re alive today to tell us about it.
We, Ron and Glenda, arrived a couple of months after the storm to see what could be done. Many relief organizations had already arrived but the people were numb. Everyone knew of someone or many who had perished. And their hearts were hungry to hear the good news of Jesus.
That’s when God led our son Isaac to pioneer the work. He found a house in one of the typhoon devastated areas and began to cultivate relationships with the children and the neighbours. He built the house to work as a youth center, at the same time supporting fledgling churches that sprang up as a result of repentance after the big storm.
Isaac has since moved to Cebu, but his sister Zoe and our new staff Dan and Hazel are full of vision to move ahead.
The Grass Roots Ark Center is technically open from Tuesday to Saturday, but that doesn’t stop the kids from pouring into the yard on other days and outside of hours. During the afternoon hours, there are games and sports. Later as evening comes, the kids hear how to follow Jesus. Sundays the youth are invited to different churches and often catch a ride with our staff. Some have now been baptized.
The Ark partners with YWAM Tacloban and a few of the local churches.