Sunday, November 10, 2013

Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan

Well, it's never fun to write a post like this. For any who were wondering, we had no damage where we lived, just some rain.
We live on the large island in the southern part of the Philippines.  The typhoon went through the central part.
But, there has been major devastation across a wide area in the Visayas Region of the Philippines. Many people have been killed, and many are still unaccounted for. They now estimate that perhaps 10,000 people have died in one city alone.

It is believed that Yolanda may be the strongest typhoon ever recorded. There is now a huge amount of clean-up, rebuilding of buildings and rebuilding of lives that has to take place.

Sometimes it's hard for me to wrap my mind around it--- it just seems like we go from one natural disaster to the next here. It wasn't even a month ago that the Philippines was hit with a huge earthquake that killed many people and destroyed multiple buildings, including some churches that were hundreds of years old. And, it was less than a year ago that typhoon Pablo plowed through Mindanao.
People are still trying to recover from Typhoon Pablo. And Yolanda was much worse.

We were in a location that was almost unaffected, just lots of rain. But so many people in other areas lost so much.

We continue to pray for those who are now trying to cope in the disaster areas, and for those who are going in and trying to bring help where it is most needed.
Please pray for the Philippines, for those affected, and for our missionaries and many others who have been helping and will continue to help those in need in the aftermath of this huge storm.

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