The Philippines is known to be the target of yearly monsoons, but this recent typhoon is of a magnitude far beyond the “usual”. Rich Henderson, OC’s field leader in the Philippines recently wrote us:
“Thank you for your concern. I just returned from Davao with our team there on Thursday before the typhoon hit the central part of the Philippines on Friday morning November 8. Since the typhoon hit the central islands of the country, all of our 3 teams were not in harm’s way. As you probably have seen in the weather reports, this was predicted to be the strongest storm this year! We still do not know exactly the extent of the damage, because communication is still limited in most areas.”
Since that report the typhoon has ripped through the country on November 8-9 causing seemingly endless devastation. A missionary in one of the hardest hit areas was told not to expect electricity for a month. There are estimates of 10,000 dead, but no one really knows yet since many areas are still inaccessible. Rich Henderson sent us this video update.
Thank you for your prayers for our OC teams called Philippine Challenge. People on the OC teams are well and out of danger. Please pray for them as they try to figure out how to respond to the great need there in the Philippines.
Rich says: “We are trying to respond by meeting the needs of our ministry partners: pastors and leaders who we have helped to train to plant churches in new areas. These ministry partners have been devastated and we want to help them in their relief efforts, to reach their neighbors, their villages, their cities, and their whole country. One way we can do that is through these relief efforts. If you are interested, you can help by giving to Philippine Relief at www.onechallenge.org/GIVE.”