Pioneering a Permanent Operating Location for YWAM Tacloban City

by Feb 17, 20140 comments

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TACLOBAN CITY – Following the terrible destructive fury of Typhoon Haiyan-Yolanda last November 8th, 2013, that claimed 6,166 deaths, 1,785 missing, 16 million affected and 4 million people displaced, over 200 Youth With a Mission (YWAM) volunteers and her many partners have flooded the City of Tacloban with initial rescue, relief, recovery, and rebuilding of homes, evangelism, discipleship and church planting.

The YWAM Antipolo Training Center (headquartered near Metro-Manila) is providing the majority of the leadership and volunteers necessary in maintaining a temporary on-going fruitful advancement in Tacloban City until a permanent Operating Location (Op Loc) will be established.

A building and property has been located in Tacloban City to serve as staff and student housing for all future YWAM purposes such as training, evangelism, mercy ministry, church mobilisation and team housing.

The cost of the property is Philippine Peso Php: 4,500,000 which is equal to approximately USD$101,200. The 1st down payment of Php 2,500,000 (approximately USD$56,200) was paid on March 25th, 2014 when the contract was signed. Some of the money was borrowed from various sources and needs to be paid back.

The 2nd Payment of Php2,000,000 (approximately US$45,000) has the deadline of March 22, 2015. That is approximately one year from now.

Please partner with us in pioneering YWAM in Tacloban City – a strategic launching center serving the Eastern Visayas Region of the country. YWAM Tacloban will be counted as the 41st Operating Location in the Philippines since 1971.


Renovation and preparation will begin after May 10 when the current owner of the house has officially moved out and the discipleship team arrives. Liliosa Plaza will be heading the house preparation time which is expected to last a few months.


Mitch Metzger will be moving to Tacloban City on June 1 to lead the activities happening on the ground. Activities are currently based at the YWAM team house located at 146 Paterno St.

If you are interested to volunteer and help out in Tacloban please contact +63 919 450 6438 or email

If you would like to help by contributing to the purchase of YWAM Tacloban Training Base please visit Ywam Purchasing Property in Tacloban City . 

YWAM Looking for Permanent Location in Tacloban City

While waiting to confirm our future permanent housing we are focusing on the following five activities:

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Daily Evangelism

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Daily Children Ministries

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House Building: Four (4) completed so far.

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Distribution of Multiple Relief Items

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Daily Bible Studies

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Discipleship of New Believers

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Youth With A Mission International has over 1,500 Operating Locations around the world with an estimated 20,000 full-time volunteers serving in 1,500 Operating Locations. In the Philippines, we have over 285 volunteers with their families on 40 Locations.

Evangelism, Training, Mercy Ministries and Church Planting is a regular activity of YWAMers in response to the Great Commission of Mark 16:15.

The Philippines Says Thank You!


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