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Prayer Request: Storm Strikes Philippines

This is Typhoon Bopha's project path as of December 4, 2012. Please keep the Philippines in your prayers! (Image courtesy of the Pacific Disaster Center's Global Hazard Atlas at weather.pdc.org.) A massive typhoon churned through the Philippines, and our country staff is asking for your prayers.

UPDATE: Our projects received rain but sustained no real damage; most of the storm's force was well south of them. However, they ask for your continued prayers:

"Please pray for these people who lost their loved ones during the typhoon. It will be hard for them to celebrate this special season because of their present situation. There are some who are still missing due to landslides. Thank you so much for your concern."

Typhoon Bopha made landfall early Tuesday morning just south of the island where most of our projects are located. Although spared a direct hit, they are experienced heavy rains.

When it first made landfall, Typhoon Bopha was considered a "super typhoon" with Category 5 strength (roughly the size and power of Hurricane Katrina). Thankfully it has since weakened to a Category 2 storm. Most families in this region of the Philippines live in the most basic of homes with tin roofs and wood slat walls. It’s estimated that more than 50,000 have fled seeking shelter from the rains and mudslides that are common in the mountainous areas of the Philippines.

We’d appreciate your prayers for the safety of the children and their families as this storm passes. To help us respond to crises like typhoons (and smaller yet equally devastating incidents such as medical emergencies) One Child Matters relies on the Children’s Crisis Fund. Your donations enable us to move quickly in times of need. If you’d like to help, visit www.onechildmatters.org/ccf to make a donation online.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. We will provide updates as we are able.

Reader Comments (2)

What does it look like at Cebu? That is where my little Mary Rose lives. Praying the Lord's protection on their family and their community.

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDave Probus

Hi, Dave. We are waiting for an update from them. Last night they were hunkering down and expecting torrential rains. Cebu is a little more accustomed to storms -- the islands the typhoon hit directly don't typically see as much severe weather, however, which is why we're seeing reports of significant damage. We are hoping for a Cebu update, soon. Thanks for praying with us!

December 4, 2012 | Registered CommenterOne Child Matters

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