MEDICAL MISSION WITH RADION INTERNATIONAL

A second post typhoon medical mission was conducted at FARM last February 17, 2014 with the help of  RADION International organization which is a Singapore based NGO.  FARM volunteers were once more quick to take their posts to serve the people.

Recipients were groups of people that were personally invited by FARM leaders to facilitate follow up. The Berean students once more served as registrars.

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Second step is getting of vital signs. FARM volunteer nurses worked with nurses from Singapore.

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People proceeded to consultation as their numbers were  flashed on the monitor. The performance of the 4 young doctors from Singapore was notably commendable as well as of our two FARM doctors.

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There was no room for impatience or a dull moment while many wait for their turn with the doctors. The FARM youth set up a live band to entertain people while    Chi Alpha leaders threw  in some surprises every now and then.

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There was a play area with an entertainer for the children.

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The FARM leaders who invited the recipients as well as the FARM pastoral staff were present to connect and chat with the adults.

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Snack time is a must in every medical mission at FARM. We served a deliciously cooked sweet rice porridge (called “wetwet” in Capiz) using manna rice supplied by   Convoy of Hope. At the exit door, each recipient was also given a take home pack of the manna rice.

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For the FARM volunteers and Singapore team, the medical mission was a great time of fellowship and serving the Lord together.

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Welcome Lounge turned into warehouse

FARM VOLUNTEERED FOR OB RELIEF WORK

FARM did not only housed the Operation Blessing staff  during their almost 2-month relief operation here in Capiz, our young people, young professionals, nurses and some doctors also volunteered their services for  medical missions and relief distribution in some if the remote places in Capiz. Every morning at least two army trucks are parked in front of the FARM building to carry the OB staff, FARM volunteers and relief goods to the target area. FARM also gave up the Welcome Lounge to provided storage for the OB relief goods.

COP GAVE TO AoG

As early as a week after Yolanda hit Roxas City, Cathedral of Praise main church in Manila sent a huge shipment of  food packs and water to help the churches in Roxas City with First Assembly as the drop off center.  It took couple of hours to unload the packs and load them to individual vehicles brought by Roxas City pastors who quickly responded to the call for them to pick up the packs. This quick disaster response action  of COP was heart warming to the people of Roxas City who along with those from all 16 towns of Capiz province were badly hit by the typhoon Yolanda.

Medical MIssion at full swing (2)

MEDICAL MISSION RESULTED TO 306 OPEN FOR BIBLE STUDY

Inzo Arnaldo is where First Assembly Roxas Missions church building is located, a generally middle and lower class community with conglomerates of squatter communities along the creek at the side and at the back of the church edifice. Being a drop off center and storage place of relief goods and host for several groups doing relief work, it was wisely decided by the FARM leadership to bless their community. The targetted area included Inzo Arnaldo, Mejorada Subdivision, Dorado Subdivision, Bangbang and Mabini Streets where approximately  500 households  were reported by the local DSWD  affected by the typhoon Yolanda. The arrival of the medical team from Brazil and the food packs sent by Convoy of Hope enabled FARM to do this project.

The project was started by doing a house to house survey of the immediate surrounding villages. A courtesy call to the local village (Barangay) leaders proved the project necessary.

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Next thing done was careful planning of the flow of the medical mission and relief distribution. Doctors, nurses, counselors and volunteers for the different posts were recruited and trained. The church planting students of Berean School of MInistry,  FARM Youth, the Radiance Women and Courageous Fathers were ready  volunteers. The FARM ground hall  was set up as venue for the medical mission.

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Nov. 28, 2013 – @ 8:30 am, registration started as scheduled. People who received tickets  the previous day came eagerly but willingly complied with instructions to be in order. The Baranggay Captain himself was present to ensure peace and order throughout the medical mission.

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After registration, the people were ushered to where their vital signs were taken. The Brazilian team was joined by 10 local nurses from FARM.

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There were five attending physicians during the day – two from  the Brazilian Team  and three local doctors who are members of FARM

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The medical mission included counseling during which  people were  allowed to express their feelings when Yolanda hit the city. Then they we pointed to the Lord Jesus Christ as the   real and sufficient source of healing, restoration and provision.

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Depending on the surveyed needs, a household representative received medical assistance, food pack, 5 meters of tarpulin, a mosquito net with hygiene pack and water for infants. It was most rewarding to see the happy faces of the recipients.

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The Brazilian nurses and Filipino nurses worked together to dispense of free medicines as per doctors’ prescription.

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Altogether,  medical mission went smoothly. The volunteers gladly served the needs of the people. The atmosphere was relaxed and warm as FARM leaders  went around to  chat and connect with some people. Snacks were   served as the people wait for their turn.

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FARM Senior Pastor Rev. Rey Calusay thanked the Brazilian team led by Pastor Enoche and the army of FARM volunteers for their selfless efforts in making the mission most profitable for the people. The event closed with thanksgiving and prayer for the Inzo Arnaldo community.

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It was a full, physically demanding day for all who volunteered. But their efforts were well rewarded when the report was made that out of the 333 who sat down with the counselors, 306 indicated willingness to have Bible study in their homes.

FIRST DISASTER RESPONSE RELIEF GOODS FROM CONVOY OF HOPE

The first disaster response relief goods we received was from Convoy Hope,  a little more than a week after the typhoon. Convoy of Hope team came with food packs and drinking water for members of  Assemblies of God churches in Capiz.   It was a noisy but a joyful afternoon at FARM. In the same afternoon, AoG pastors of Capiz took home their shares of the relief goods.  In the following days FARM volunteers delivered  packs to families of FARM members. FARM   eventually became the drop off center for subsequent relief goods for Capiz churches.

LOOK WHO CLEANED UP FARM AFTER THE TYPHOON

Typhoon Yolanda left FARM building a big, wet  mess from the ground floor to the rooftop. But there were many hands, in fact more than enough hands  that  quickly did the cleaning job.  The day the typhoon arrived was the third day of the nationwide women’s conference hosted by FARM. Women from all over the Philippines and from Australia were in attendance. Even the two American missionaries who were conference guests  were quick to pick up some cleaning tools.

WATER AND CANDLES

After the typhoon there was no electric power in the city and so in some places, clean drinking water is scarce.  On one Sunday after the celebration services, water and candles were distributed. Supplies were donated by a brother residing in Manila and water from Cathedral of Praise. Jed, the oldest grandson of Pastor Rey Calusay had the experience that day in relief distribution.

FARM RESPONDS TO ROOFING NEEDS

FARM church leadership responded immediately to the roofing needs of members by giving financial assistance for them to purchase roofing materials as soon as possible. Through the help of partners and friends from the US and Australia, FARM was able to extend such financial help to members within the first week after the typhoon. Pastor Rey who was supposed to celebrate his birthday on November 10th, two days after the typhoon  also donated all his birthday  money to said cause.  

MANY FARM MEMBERS WERE ROOFLESS AFTER YOLANDA VISIT

Early the next day, FARM Pastor Rey Calusay instructed some of his men staff and young people to hit the road to check on the members’  houses. Approximately 60% of  houses of FARM members were partially or fully damaged. However, it is worth telling that FARM members generally exhibited a mature and uncomplaining attitude towards what happened. The Sunday (just two days) after the typhoon,  the greeting  was “How was your roof?” Members would answer with big smiles on their faces “Gone”.