While politics seem to be taking first place on the news lately, people are in utter chaos in the Philippines. Devastating pictures are flying across the television set on a small number of channels. Reporters trying to share the intense emotional pain of those affected, but we have to ask, is anyone listening. With one of the most powerful, worst natural disasters on record, it appears it is not news worthy.
We have many readers from the Philippines and our hearts are utterly heart-broken for these people. The reports that I have watched personally, makes my skin crawl. People are literally fighting for their lives and their families’ survival.
The survivors are in utter desperation. No food, no water, sewage and wreckage everywhere. With unbelievable death numbers and decaying bodies lying in the streets, they have to prepare for potential sickness and disease. It is simply unimaginable and gut-wrenching to think of what these brothers and sisters are going through.
This week, I dedicate this posting to them. May we all take a moment and pray for these wonderful people, who have had their lives ripped apart by this massive storm. I ask that we all join together in prayer asking for help to arrive quickly and that God watches over each one of them; helping them to restore what was lost and fill them with incredible peace in the midst of their chaos. We love you all.
For all of those who are able, please seek your heart and give as God guides you. There are many incredible organizations that are doing everything they can to help and they will need our assistance to continue the efforts. Just a few are listed below, for your convenience. However, CNN has a wonderful, complete list located at: http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/09/world/iyw-how-to-help-typhoon-haiyan/index.html
Convoy of Hope‘s Global Disaster Response Team has shipping containers full of food and supplies on the way to the Philippines. The organization is preparing more supplies to be sent like canned goods, hygiene kits and water filtration units. You can visit Convoy of Hope’s website to donate funds to their efforts or call 1-417-823-8998.
Mercy Corps is preparing to deliver food, water, temporary shelter and other basic supplies to devastated areas throughout the Philippines. You can support the organization by donating through their website, PayPal, or by calling 1-888-747-7440.
Operation Blessing International (OBI) has deployed disaster relief teams in multiple locations following the massive devastation from Typhoon Haiyan. The organization is providing clean water and food, emergency shelter materials and medical assistance. To help the charity’s mission, you can make a contribution on their website.
Samaritan’s Purse has sent disaster relief specialists, including water and nutrition experts, to the Philippines to deliver immediate aid. They have launched the Philippines Emergency Relief fund for this disaster, which you can support online or by phone at 1-828-262-1980.
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