In often forgotten areas of the world, disasters can go unnoticed. The little relief that comes is precious, but rarely enough. World Relief (WR) have made it a point to remember those areas and people affected by disasters that seldom see attention. As one of Covenant World Relief’s trusted partners, when disasters hit, WR is ready with experience and collaboration in the area to respond in the best way. In Pakistan, heavy rains led to flooding. In the Philippines, Typhoon Washi caused many fatalities. In Nicaragua, mudslides and flooding forced many out of their homes. In Turkana, Kenya, widespread food crisis has left millions hungry. In Darfur, violence and displacement have left many without the resources they need to gain the ability to sustain themselves. Emergency food, hygiene kits, school supplies, mosquito nets, and supplemental nutrition to women and children have been the hope so many have needed to continue on. Continue Reading »
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Typhoon Ketsana hit the northern part of the Philippines including Metro Manila on September 26 bringing the worst flooding to the metropolitan area in four decades. You can see some amazing photos online from the Boston Globe here.
On October 3 super Typhoon Parma hit the northern provinces causing massive mud slides in rural areas and more flooding in Manila. Because of some very unusual weather conditions, Parma actually struck four times in a matter of a few days as it moved in a circular pattern.
More than 860 people have died as a result of the two typhoons, 130 of these have died from an infection that is spreading through the standing water. Millions have been affected and hundreds of thousands have been displaced by the flooding.
The Jesus Covenant Church in Pasig City (part of Metro Manila) is receiving relief funds from the Taiwan Covenant Church and from Covenant World Relief. Pastor Jhun Peji is heading up the relief efforts being carried out by the JCC church members. Their numbers are few but they are working tirelessly providing much needed supplies and medical care for their community. Marianelle, a young doctor in the JCC, is providing leadership for the mobile health clinics.
Within the next 48 hours Typhoon Lupit, meaning “cruel” in Tagalong, is expected to hit the far north in the Philippines, perhaps sparing Manila, but likely wreaking havoc on northern Luzon. Winds up to 120 miles per hour are expected. This will be the third major typhoon in less than four weeks. Relief organizations are reporting that their staff are exhausted and reinforcements are being brought in.
Let’s pray for those who are suffering, for those like the JCC members who are serving, and that the string of powerful typhoons will soon come to an end.
Below is a prayer request from a Covenant Missionary in Taiwan. Please remember our brothers and sisters in prayer.
Hello prayer partners,
It was just over a month ago that we requested prayer for Taiwan and
the thousands of people left homeless from the devastating floods.
Much progress has been made in clean up and many Christians have gone
to help, donated much to the relief effort and prayed often for those
hit by the tragedy.
We are now facing a similar situation from typhoon flooding in the
Philippines. The capital city of Manila and the surrounding districts
have been devastated with flooding the last three days. Pasig City, a
suburb of Manila and home to our sister church, Jesus Covenant Church
has been badly flooded and the water is staying in the low lying
areas. While the church is not flooded, many of the members houses
were flooded, some up to eight feet of water. Paster Jhun Peji’s
house is still flooded, sitting in waist deep water. The floods came
so fast that nothing could be moved and just about all of their
personal belongings have been destroyed. He and his family, are
living at the church until the water recedes. Another coworker has
taken refuge in the church also.
As you can see, we need to pray for our brothers and sisters in Pasig
City. They really need an extra measure of grace and strength in the
coming days. To my knowledge everybody from the church is safe, but
as you have probably seen in the news, many people have died. Please
pray for all of the people the Philippines effected by the flooding,
the rescue workers, the relief efforts in the coming days, and for
many Christians to step up help with clean up and share the love of
Jesus in this way.