Jonathan and Thelma Nambu are associate missionaries appointed by IM in partnership with Samaritana Transformation Ministries, an organization committed to sharing and living out the gospel among women caught in prostitution. The Nambus’ ministry involves caring for and empowering women in the Philippines, as well as partnerships around the world towards prostitution-free societies.
When the eye of Typhoon Haiyan first made landfall in Eastern Samar and Tacloban in Leyte, it was the strongest recorded in storm history. In addition to the damage and death it brought, it raised the vulnerability of women and children in those areas to human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Even before the storm, Samar and Leyte were two sourcing hotspots from which women and girls were taken and made to work in bars and other prostitution venues in urban areas across the country. Now, with increased hunger, joblessness and desperation, the numbers of women at risk for exploitation in these areas had risen dramatically. Samaritana’s community immediately responded to the typhoon, raising funds to help build transitional homes for two families. Thelma and Jonathan spent a week in Tacloban to assist in debriefing survivors and first responders, to assess the situation on the ground, and to identify potential partners in the relief efforts. In Manila, their team had begun to make plans to bring trafficking awareness activities for children, youth, and adults to identified communities in Tacloban and the surrounding area. They are excited to be able to serve in this way, protecting at-risk women and children and helping prevent their exploitation.
Please pray for the Jonathan and Thelma and their work in the Philippines:
- For additional qualified and committed staff.
- For their desire to establish community-based “satellite centers.”
- For the best schooling options for their daughter, Katrinka.
- For greater financial sustainability for Samaritana.
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