On October 15, before our team serving in the Philippines returned home, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Bohol, Philippines. We are so grateful that Bob Kauflin and his team all got back to the U.S. safely! Nevertheless, the damage in the Philippines is significant.
We have an opportunity to help with the relief efforts in the Philippines through Brian Baluca and Pete Valdez, pastors of Sovereign Grace Church in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. Both Brian and Pete have been to our Pastors Conference and have been instrumental in hosting Lynn Baird and Tony Walsh when they have taught and ministered in Bohol. Brian, Pete, and their church are taking supplies, help, and the gospel to people all over the island of Bohol. The needs there are significant: food, drinking water, and basic needs, not to mention the challenge of rebuilding or repairing homes and buildings.
We can have a direct impact by donating to a disaster relief fund set up by Sovereign Grace Church in Pasadena, California, which will be sent to Sovereign Grace Church in Tagbilaran City. The church in Bohol has already been meeting needs around them with their limited means, and our giving can provide a much-needed infusion of funds to further their ability to help. Please consider giving to this vital need!
God has given Sovereign Grace many opportunities for partnership with churches in the Philippines, largely because Sovereign Grace pastors like Lynn Baird and Tony Walsh have been faithful to go and minister there over the last 10 years. They have built relationships with Brian, Pete, and other pastors, including Cornelio Ebo, who pastors a church in Cebu, attended our Pastors College, and took primary responsibility for organizing the WorshipGod Conference that was just held in Cebu. (Read Bob Kauflin’s summary of that conference and the other worship events in the Philippines for more details.) Supporting the disaster relief efforts in Bohol is one way we can serve our brothers and sisters in the Philippines.
Donations can be sent to Sovereign Grace Church, Pasadena, via their online giving (marked Disaster Relief).