• Arrival on Bantayan Island

    Marissa and I arrived on Bantayan Island on Monday, December 2, 2013, to begin our relief efforts for the people of the island. We are meeting with the local residents today of Pantalan to determine the homes that we will begin repairs for. We sincerely thank our family of Christian brothers and sisters at Calvary, as well as other who gave funds in providing us with a generous offering to allow us to bless so many here on the Island.

    100% of every dollar or peso that was given for the people of Bantayan Island, will be used for their benefit. We will not keep any administrative fee or expenses for ourselves. In this way we can maximize the amount of people that we can help.

    As generator power and internet allow, we will post pictures and updates on our progress in meeting the needs of the dear people of this island who were profoundly effected by Typhoon Haiyan on November 8th, 2013.

    It has been a long journey to get back to the island and people we love so dearly and we look forward to being able to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those whom we are helping. Thank you again to all of you who are praying for us and gave to make this possible.

    Pastor Rob and Marissa

  • Bantayan Ministry, Help the People of Bantayan Island, The People

    Posted on November 14th, 2013

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    You Make a Huge Difference in People’s Lives

    You Make a Huge Difference in People’s Lives

    For those of you who have given to help the people of Bantayan Island, you have now become co-laborers with us in this effort to relieve the suffering of people who have no voice to the outside world.

    Every grain of rice, new roof, piece of clothing, and bottle of fresh water, has your fingerprints upon it. As the Lord looks down upon us all, He views those who make it possible for the poor to receive the things they need to live, a part of the total work that is done.

    We do not go to the Philippines alone. Each one of you who have given anything to help the dear people who are suffering are just as much a part of the work as those who hand the resources to the people who need them.

    The Bible is very specific in that those who give, share in the success and reward from the Lord for the good work that is done to help people.

    I personally thank you with all my heart and a tear in my eye, that you took time to care about a group of people you have never met, and have chosen to love them from such a great distance.

    1 Corinthians 3:7-9 It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building (NLT)

    Matthew 9:37-38 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (NKJV)

    You are all laborers with us, no less than we who actually set foot on the island. You are just as much a part of the joy and thankfulness of the people who will receive your gifts, as those who place them in their hands.

    Pastor Rob

  • Bantayan Island Typhoon Yolanda Damage Pictures and Updates

    Bantayan Island Typhoon Yolanda Damage Pictures and Updates

    Bantayan Island has been utterly devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan, also known as “Yolanda.” Reports from government authorities tell us that up to 90% of the existing structures on the island no longer have a roof. Homes and buildings constructed of native materials are completely obliterated. These structures make up the majority of the homes for the poor fishermen who live along the shore of Bantayan Island.

    Our friend Joan Pasasadaba Nepangue, owner of Beach Placid Resort, updated us at about 11 pm that 12 of the cottages in her resort have been destroyed. We have seen pictures from the beach at Santa Fe, near the Pantalan which show substantial damage to the port offices and facilities.

    Pictures from the town of Bantayan show massive damage to structures which have existed there for over 500 years, including the beloved Bantayan Church.

    Relief efforts by the Philippine Red Cross are underway, while roads from Cebu city to Hagnaya remain blocked by fallen trees and debris.

    Banelco has informed residents that electric service will not be restored for up to four months. Residents and resorts which have generators are producing their own electricity to charge cell phones, computers and internet service to upload pictures of the massive destruction on Bantayan Island.

    We are here in the United States meeting with church leaders to seek their help in bringing back to Bantayan Island the much needed food, water, and medical supplies that are currently needed. We will arrive on Bantayan Island soon and begin helping our friends on the island to clean up and rebuild their lives.

    This web site for Bantayan Island will now begin posting pictures and updates of the conditions on the island as well as updates on families in the Barangay’s where your loved one’s live.

  • Bantayan Ministry, The People, Typhoon Watch, Weather Updates

    Posted on November 7th, 2013

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    Super Typhoon Yolanda to Make Landfall on Bantayan Island

    Super Typhoon Yolanda to Make Landfall on Bantayan Island

    As of Friday, November 8, 2013, 11:30 pm, weather authorities tell us that it is certain that Bantayan Island will suffer a direct strike by this massive Class 5, signal 4, Typhoon. Winds are expected to be close to 180 miles per hour, or approximately 230 kilometers per hour. Storm surge from the sea is […]

  • Bantayan Ministry, Blog Updates by Rob

    Posted on July 21st, 2011

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    The Blessedness of Simplicity

    The Blessedness of Simplicity

    After nearly six grueling months in the States, we have finally returned to Bantayan Island where life has taken a soft slumber reminiscent of village life in the Philippines one hundred years ago.

    The sale of our home completed, we packed up our few belongings and made the 20-hour journey to our tiny seven by ten mile island atol that is to be our new permanent home. I am writing to you today from our small rental home along the shores of Santa Fe Beach, on Bantayan Island.

    From the moment that we stepped back upon the white sands of this beloved island, we felt a surge of peace and tranquility that we have not felt since our last stay here this past January. This morning as I prepared myself to open my Macbook and write the first article since settling in, my wife walked the short distance to the open air market to purchase our daily groceries.

  • Bantayan Ministry, Blog Updates by Rob

    Posted on January 28th, 2011

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    Phase One of Bantayan Island Ministry Completed

    Phase One of Bantayan Island Ministry Completed

    Marissa and I returned to the United States on Wednesday January 26, 2011. It was incredibly difficult to leave the people who need us so very much.

    Knowing that we needed to return to the States to raise the funds necessary to help the people of the Island, we made the 10,000 mile journey back to our home to prepare to move to the island full time.

    Please pray for us as we will be listing our home for sale so that we can provide our own financial needs while on the island and not be a burden to the ministry itself.

    As the Lord leads, we will sell our home and most of our personal possessions so that we can raise the funds that we will live on while providing ministry to the people over the upcoming years.

    If the Lord is in our being on the Island full time then we are confident that we will sell our home, despite the decreasing housing market across the U.S. When I began my ministry many years ago, a similar situation presented itself. I needed to sell my home and possessions in order to fund our ministry. Despite a slow market at that time, the Lord sold our home for the asking price just 30 days after we listed it when no one else in the entire neighborhood could sell their home even at a reduced price.

  • Bantayan Ministry

    Posted on January 13th, 2011

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    Prayer of Gratitude for Your Help

    Prayer of Gratitude for Your Help

    From the beginning of our work on Bantayan Island we have received a tremendous outpouring of love and support. Many people recognize that they have the power to help make the lives of people on the Island by their support of Bantayan Island.org.

    To all of our friends who have given of their finances, their prayers and letters full of love and encouragement, Thank You!.

    Without the committed help of partners around the world, we would not be able to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ, by meeting the practical needs of the people of Bantayan Island.

    The best way to demonstrate the Love of God to someone is to help them with their needs. When James wrote his epistle detailing the need to show our faith in Jesus by good works, he said this:

    James 2:14-16 “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?”

    By putting feet to your faith, those of you who make it possible to do the work, show that you truly know Jesus and have been affected by knowing Him. There is no greater work that anyone can do than to make it possible for someone to go to a distant land and bring to them Jesus love. When we stand with the people of Bantayan Island and bring them your gifts, they are amazed and even sometimes hesitant to accept our help because they have never see such love from others before.

    On the great day when we all stand together with Jesus in the clouds and realize that our redemption is complete, gathered around us will be all the people who’s lives we have impacted and touched to make it possible for them to know Jesus and be there with us. What joy abounding it will be to us to know that when we gave to make it possible for others to go over 12,000 miles from the U.S. to Bantayan Island, our efforts have born much fruit.

  • Bantayan Ministry

    Posted on January 1st, 2011

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    A New Ministry Opportunity on Bantayan Island

    A New Ministry Opportunity on Bantayan Island

    Bantayan is a small atoll just off the coast of Cebu, about 7 by 10 miles in size with approximately 120,000 people. The island is largely unspoiled by the rest of the world. When you step foot off the ferry that brings you from Hagnaya Cebu to the port at Santa Fe on Bantayan, you feel as if you have stepped back in time at least 50-60 years.

    As a boy my parents took me to Hawaii in 1965 and I remember the island looking somewhat similar to parts of Bantayan Island. Coconut woven nipa huts line the fishing villages along powdery white sand beaches, glistening with crystal clear aquamarine waters.

    The clear water is so shallow around the area beaches of Santa Fe that you can walk out onto the soft sand bottomed coast at least 100 yards and not have water come up past your waste.

    Walking along the pristine beaches, talking to the native fishermen who still make their living by the sea, you have a sense that you are among a very unique people. Although they are extremely poor and lack even the most basic necessities of western culture, they have a wonderful joy and a smile that never departs their beautiful tanned faces.