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AND THE STORY CONTINUES: The story behind GAiN's upcoming Medical Mission to Albay.

This mission in Albay, Philippines is not just out of a whimsical decision. It dates back to November 2020 where category 5 Typhoon Goni hit the region hard. Many perished, crops were flooded, power was out, houses and businesses were destroyed. Bicol was brought back to darkness and chaos again.

Immediately after, GAiN responded by raising funds and sending truckloads of relief goods to affected families and churches situated in Legazpi and four adjacent municipalities, even up to Catanduanes. For the next month there was a weekly truckload of relief goods sent into these areas.

In January 2021 Rod Santos, Project Coordinator for Development, visited the area to find viable ways to empower the people economically. Job opportunities in garment making and farming were established shortly after which assisted 35 families. It was followed by a scholarship program that has helped 16 students in cooperation with the Tiwala Foundation. Eight houses were constructed in the island of San Miguel. To make the project holistic, tutorials for students and life skill training for adults were conducted along with the introduction of Bible truth in every session.

One particular gathering of farmers and their families has already started children’s ministry and bible studies. The goal of the project is not just to distribute relief goods but to assist locals through economic empowerment, community development and eventually the establishment of a new church and center for human development.

And here we are, just week’s away from a medical mission in the same region where we aim to provide medical help in these communities. The first week will be in Legazpi City and the second week will be in Manito, Albay. The team of volunteer doctors, nurses, missionaries and other volunteers is composed of 38 people from Australia and the Philippines.

Please pray for:

– Field partners (Emmylou, Anabel, Aboy, Nerissa, Ronnie and Tess) to find favour as they get permits and coordinate with local authorities.

– Safe travel of team members coming from Australia, Manila, Iloilo and Davao.

– Church partners as they send their volunteers.

– Good follow up strategy for local partners.

– Good weather and full capacity venues.


God’s plan of redemption includes the establishment of just societies where all people live with dignity and freedom. Thank you prayer partners for lifting this mission up in your prayers.


Rod Santos

GAiN Philippines

Project Coordinator for Development