Two weeks ago I wrote about how Iris Ministries combine humanitarian relief with supernatural healing in their response to super-typhoon Bopha that has created an urgent humanitarian situation in Mindanao, Philippines. After I had written my blog post, I discovered that one of the members of the response team, Christian Jung, has an excellent blog together with his family where he publishes information and pictures from the operation. In the midst of their aid distribution, the team shares words of knowledge, heal the blind and experience a multiplication miracle! Here’s some of what Christian writes:
Montevista, Philippines Wednesday, December 19, 2012 . Distribution in Barangay Kamansi and Concepcion
Yesterday our team traveled over treacherous roads along cliff faces with armed military escorts to Barangay Kamansi where we distributed aid to 125 families. 40 children prayed to receive Jesus in that place. Over 15 sick people came to us for prayer. All of them were instantaneously healed, including a blind woman. Then we traveled to Barangay Concepcion where distributed aid to another 50 families. We continue to pour out the love of Jesus to these precious people who have lost so much. Love always looks like something. We capped off the day sharing stories of miracles at a conservative Baptist Bible College. Love to you all!
Nabunturan, Philippines Friday, December 21, 2012 . Distribution in Compostela and Nabunturan
Just arrived back in Davao City from the Compostela Valley. Wow! I stand amazed at how God can use our little lives to carry the Father’s heart to the poor and the broken. Today our Iris Relief Philippines 1st Response team did a food distribution in Compostela. A church building that was still standing was packed with 193 families waiting to receive relief. We had words of knowledge for 25 people… who ALL received a healing touch from Jesus. Then the miracles of God worked through our hands confirmed the message of Christ as 230 people entered a personal, hand-holding relationship with Him this morning.
Mati, Philippines Wednesday, December 26, 2012 . Rice Paddies and Evacuation Centers
Our team made it to Mati this morning where we will pray for the sick and hand out gift bags in the two hospitals where they have brought the injured victims of Typhoon Bopha. Now we are heading north along the coast of Davao Oriental until we can go no further as a bridge is out. We’ve heard there are many Muslims in that area. Jesus’ love is so strong for these people!
Handed out gift bags and toys today in rice paddies and an evacuation center. Shared the love of Jesus with many beautiful people and prayed for the sick. One woman had a growth completely disappear! We heard horrific stories in the evacuation center of people watching their own children die before their very eyes during the typhoon. We hope that somehow, our team has been able to bring a glimmer of hope in these dark times. Tomorrow morning we will give out gift bags in one more evacuation center. Love you all so much! Thank you for your prayers and support!
On the day that much of the world celebrates the birth of Jesus, we witnessed firsthand the Prince of Peace enter the lives of over 200 typhoon victims who have been gripped by fear at two more evacuation centers in Mati, Mindanao. At the last place we visited, we only had 40 more gift bags to hand out, yet there were 46 families. We asked God to multiply the gift bags so there would be enough for everyone. As we handed them out, one by one we counted out all 46 that were given to each family and had 4 gift bags left over. God turned our 40 gift bags into 50 before our very eyes. We love to see multiplication miracles. There is always enough!