Many people have inquired if my family and those churches we are connected with were affected by Typhoon Yolanda which hit the Philippines exactly one week ago. Thankfully we were not. While I know there are many Apostolic churches on the islands that were affected, the storm did not touch Luzon or Mindanao where our churches are located. However, we are praying for the many people who were affected by this tragic storm.
In case you are reading this and learning of the storm for the first time, I have included a little information about the storm below. Please be in prayer for these people as they make efforts to survive and rebuild after this devastating storm.
Perhaps the strongest, thus deadliest, typhoon to ever hit the Philippines impacted the central region last Friday, November 8th. It proved to be a colossal disaster affecting millions of Filipinos residents. According to the Official Gazzette which is edited at the Office of the president of the Philippines, president Aquino declared a State of National Calamity, affecting Samar, Leyte, Cebu, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, and Palawan. The heaviest hit areas are shown between the orange and red lines in the Google image above.
According to The Economist, “Sustained winds were 250 kilometres (160 miles) an hour with gusts of over 300kph—like standing behind the revving engine of a jumbo jet. But it was a 5-metre (16-foot) storm surge—an intense low pressure at the storm’s centre sucking the sea level upwards—that caused the worst damage.”
As of this writing, they have listed 2,357 dead, 3,891 injured, and 77 missing according to the gov.ph website.
Certainly our heart is hurting with the friends and families who have lost loved ones or otherwise been affected by this terrible storm. Please join us in prayer for those that are grieving and rebuilding today.