We are sharing this prayer request sent today from our dear friends from the Philippines. Please pray with us in this for our adopted country. The path is well away from the village where we lived, but we know and love so many scattered all over the nation:Dear Ones,Once again our country the Philippines is being hit by a tropical storm. This time it’s named “Glenda”, internationally “Rammasun. Last Typhoon prior to this one was named “Florita.” Last year we consumed all the alphabets for the last typhoon that hit our country was name “Zoraida.” An average of 20 typhoons come through the Philippines each year.Please pray for our country and people that have yet to recover from the ravages that Typhoon Yolanda (“Haiyan’) hadwrought upon our land last November 2013.
Here’s a press release from Associated Press:MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A typhoon slammed into the northeastern Philippines late Tuesday night, flooding low-lying villages, ripping off roofs and knocking down trees and electric posts in a disaster-prone region where tens of thousands of people fled to safety ahead of the deluge from Rammasun could not be assessed until daybreak, especially in areas that lost power while being pummeled by the wind and rain. No casualties were immediately reported, though three fishermen were missing in Catanduanes province.The fast-moving typhoon made landfall in nearby Albay province while packing sustained winds of 130 kilometers (80 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 160 kph (99 mph). Heading northwest, the storm is forecast to hit Manila, the flood-prone capital of 12 million people, on Wednesday morning.Polangui Mayor Cherilie Mella Sampal estimated more than half of the 15,000 to 20,000 houses in her rice-growing town may have been damaged or blown away by the fierce wind and rain that came around nightfall.As the typhoon raged for about three hours, Sampal said she saw the wind topple electric posts and lift roofs off houses. Many fallen trees also blocked roads in her town of 80,000 people, about 10,000 of whom were moved to safety, she said.While Albay is used to calamities inflicted by storms and Mayon, the country’s most active volcano, Sampal said her townfolk were apprehensive after witnessing the massive devastation and deaths wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in the central Philippines last November.“We’re used to and prepared for calamities,” Sampal told The Associated Press by cellphone. “But when people heard that the eye of the typhoon will hit the province, they feared we may end up like the victims of Yolanda,” she said, referring to the local name of Haiyan.About 300,000 people moved to safer ground from their homes in Albay and five nearby provinces threatened by flooding, landslides and storm surges, many of them haunted by memories of last year’s disaster, officials said. Haiyan’s strong winds and tsunami-like storm surges flattened towns, leaving at least 6,300 people dead and more than 1,000 missing.Appreciate your continued prayers for our people. Thank you for standing by us.
Under His Grace,