The synergy that goes into coming together for a united purpose is invaluable.

In the recent days, we’ve seen many come from all walks of life contribute to the relief efforts ongoing to alleviate the pain and suffering of our countrymen in Leyte, Samar, Tacloban, Iloilo, Cebu and other parts of the Visayan region.

While at Victory we try our best to contribute our small part, we realize that what we do won’t even make a dent in the overall picture.

But when we all pitch in, like every brick that is placed during construction, at the end of it all, we see a cathedral or an amazing edifice not because one brick was more important than the other but because each brick was vital to seeing the whole come together.

Just wanted to say thanks to all who have pitched in and continues to do so.

The international relief efforts, big and small organizations, that help mitigate the misery.
The private businesses that have donated, shared, and contributed their resources.
The schools that allowed their students to participate in the repacking, loading and hauling.
The armed forces of the Philippines who did everything possible to help the victims.
The churches that prayed and prayed and prayed for more goods to come.
The bloggers and social networkers who have helped communicate the needs and praise reports.

(Please feel free to add to the list.)

ONE BIG THANKS!

The work is far from over but just wanted to drop a note of appreciation.

 

Pastor (Col.) Dennis Isleta with Lt. Col. Nelson Morales on our first delivery (10 tons of goods) to Tacloban via C130.

My batchmates from high school who pitched in and gathered all they could.

5300 bags repacked the first 7 hours of relief operations

Partnering with Operation Blessing. These goods (6 tons) went to Coron, Palawan and Tacloban.

Youth and children even pitched in repacking.

In the recent calamity that hit the Philippines via typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), I had a few thoughts regarding the storm that just hit us.

We don’t like storms and rightly so because of the damage it creates and the loss of lives that it potentially brings like the recent one we’ve just experience.

But in the middle of the storms of life, there are unseen opportunities that we might miss out on if we’re not aware.

1. OPPORTUNITY TO WITNESS THE POWER OF GOD.

When Jesus told the disciples to go with him to go to the other side of the lake, they were met by a “furious squall.” It was so bad that the waves broke over the boat so that it was nearly swamped.

The disciples asked Jesus, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” (Mark 4:38)

Did Jesus not care? He can’t NOT care. The Bible says He is love.

At that moment, He got up, rebuked the wind and said, “Quiet! Be still!”

It didn’t even take minutes when the supernatural turn of events happened.

“The wind died down and it was COMPLETELY calm.” (Mark 4:39).

We don’t like storms (in life), but guess what, it is an absolutely amazing opportunity to see God’s power at work.

2. OPPORTUNITY TO WALK ON WATER.

While the passage in Matthew 14 was not at a time when a furious squall was at hand, there were winds and waves.

Jesus, in the middle of the night, was walking on water moving towards the boat of the disciples.

When Peter heard the voice of Jesus saying “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”, he replied by saying, “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.”

Jesus told Peter to come and he did walk on water… for a moment.

How come? Because when he saw the winds and the waves, he was afraid and started to sink.

We often sneer at Peter’s experience and jeer at his unbelief. But because of his courage to step out of the boat, he is the only man recorded in history that actually walked on water aside from Jesus.

3. OPPORTUNITY TO TRUST GOD THAT HE IS IN CONTROL.

In the middle of the storm, Jesus was peacefully sleeping. While the disciples were panicking, Jesus was counting Z’s.

The disciples woke Jesus up and told Him, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”

Without saying a word, Jesus got up and the Bible says, “He rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.” (Luke 8:24).

After this, Jesus turned to the disciples and asked a simple question, “Where is your faith?” (Luke 8:25).

Storms rock the boat. Storms cause us to panic. Storms put us on unstable footing.

However, when storms come, it is indeed an opportunity to see who is in control because we definitely see that we obviously are not.

Storms are opportunities to witness the power of God, opportunities to walk on water, and to trust that God is in full control.

 

On Friday, November 8, typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) made landfall in the city of Tacloban, Leyte. Thousands of families have been displaced, infrastructure was in damage, and many are in need of basic goods and medical attention.

Join us at Victory as we begin relief efforts for those affected by the typhoon. Our Victory centers are now accepting donations for flood victims.

The following items are a priority for those affected:

instant noodles
canned goods
bottled water
biscuits
coffee
mats and blankets

DETAILS to participate in the relief operations here.

http://victory.org.ph/article/yolanda-relief/

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Cash and Check Donations

We also accept cash and check donations through BPI direct deposit. Please check out the info below:

Disaster Relief Operations – Peso Donations

BANK NAME: Bank of the Philippine Islands
ACCOUNT NAME: Victory Christian Fellowship
ACCOUNT NO: 0063-3205-52
TYPE OF ACCOUNT: PESO Savings Account
BANK ADDRESS: Fort Serendra Branch, Ground Floor, Serendra, BGC, Taguig City, Philippines
SWIFT CODE: BOPIPHMM

Disaster Relief Operations – Dollar Donations
BANK NAME: Bank of the Philippine Islands
ACCOUNT NAME: Victory Christian Fellowship
ACCOUNT NO: 0824-0569-27
TYPE OF ACCOUNT: DOLLAR Savings Account
BANK ADDRESS: Fort Serendra Branch, Ground Floor, Serendra, BGC, Taguig City, Philippines
SWIFT CODE: BOPIPHMM

Online donations

Victory is now accepting online donations for our relief efforts via BPI Express Online or credit card.

For detailed instructions on how to give via BPI Express Online, please visit http://victory.org.ph/give/bpi.

For detailed instructions on how to give via credit card (using our secure portal, ministryportal, and our secure payment gateway, PesoPay), please visit http://victory.org.ph/give/creditcard.

Together, let us share God’s love and be His hands and feet in these times of need. God bless you as we work together towards helping our countrymen!