Gerd Bartel visited us in Davao City and helped us during the Fifth Wave of our Relief Operations in Compostela Valley. He was accompanied by his son-in-law, Darnell Barkman. Darnell and Christina, along with their two sons, Cody and Makai, serve with Mennonite Church Canada Witness in planting Peace Church Philippines which is located in Global City, Manila.
The Fifth Wave is the last of PBCI’s five relief operation trips to the typhoon devastated areas. During that time we handed out 2,500 family packs to three distribution areas pointed by our relief mapping system and verified by our advanced scouts as most needy communities.
Gerd and Darnell accompanied our volunteers and helped in the actual distribution of relief goods under heavy tropical rains.
After the relief mission trip, we went for a rest and recreation trip at the Paradise Island Beach Resort in Davao City.
Again, we’re inviting our Canadian friends to spend their vacation here in Mindanao and join our Peace and Reconciliation Field Exposure Program (PAR FEP).