Will and Joanie Feuerstein have been missionaries in Manila, Philippines, since 2001. Their ministry, FACE-2-FACE, has a presence on all three main islands of the Philippines, plus a few small remote islands in the archipelago. FACE-2-FACE ministers to inmates in men’s and women’s prisons, provides educational assistance for 15 kids, regularly feeds 200 hungry kids healthy meals, and provides help for typhoon survivors in a new islands ministry.
Joanie writes, “The Lord recently stretched our vision and faith as He called us to minister to people on islands far from our home in crowded Manila. This part of our ministry began as we simply responded to desperate families needing basic aid and rescue after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.
“The results of Typhoon Haiyan continue with many people still living without help and hope. FACE-2-FACE has been assisting inmates’ families living in Iloilo Province on Panay Island. They are finding renewed hope not only in physical changes around them, but also in their new lives in Christ.
“One of the projects on a tiny isolated island off of Iloilo is helping a family of 7 rebuild their home and lives. We helped Estancia Church by building a parsonage and stairs to make hauling water easier. We also started 2 feeding programs for undernourished kids in partnership with Feed My Starving Children at this church and a nearby school.
“On another out-of-the-way island, Isla Gigante Norte, we relocated and are nearly finished building Asluman Church after its complete collapse. Asluman Church will be an evacuation center for people to find safety in during future typhoons.
“FACE-2-FACE repaired a school in Iloilo that was ripped apart during the typhoon. We asked the principal if we could share about the Lord after the repairs are done and the students are back in school. She gave her permission. We will give 600 Gospel bracelets for the students and teachers. We would like to nurture an ongoing relationship with this rural school.
“‘Building Communities of Believers’ is FACE-2-FACE’s theme for 2015. Whether in the prisons or on the islands, the Gospel message is the only reason we exist. Please pray that all of these survivors will find hope in Jesus.”