Pray for the Philippines

The country has experienced so much this year with the nearly full eruption by Taal Volcano to the pandemic, and with which the government didn’t respond as much as they ought to do. How the government responded and has been responding now is of another and broad topic but I don’t want to dwell on that right now.

Aside from those disasters and fearmongering events, Philippines also faces threats from dozens of typhoons every year. And not much to our surprise, we already faced 4 deadly typhoons (Rolly, Siony, Toni, and Ulysses) since the end of October until this mid November.

Now, a huge part of the Luzon island is submerged in water.

There was (or currently) a rise of rage by the Filipino people for the lack of preparedness and response by the government, and a lot of the affected families are now just hoping and relying for help and rescue from their fellow countrymen. It feels like it’s up to us now because we already know that the government wouldn’t be as much of help. But of course, not all of those in the office. Help from a few sectors, movements, and politicians came, but as for the highest position in the country, well, I would like to shy away from that topic now.

As a country, we may be familiar to this kind of tragedy that comes every year but it always breaks our hearts even more because we could’ve done better after all those years of tragedies and disasters. However, in the light, we’ve built a strong sense of connection and empathy that lead to heroic act and selfless sacrifice by common people for others. As I’ve said, many Filipinos find it that it’s up to our “bayanihan” now to bring this country on its feet again.

If you want to learn more about the typhoons, you can check out the stories here:

The rains have stopped now but there are still a lot of dams that need to release water, and that’s one of the major reasons why there is still a continuing massive flood and water rising. Aside from this, COVID-19 is still spreading, which makes the evacuation centers unsafe especially for the children and the elders.

With all that said, I would like to ask for your help through prayer. We’ve been sending all our worries and cares to the Lord and I hope that even a few from all over the world might also know and see what’s happening in our country and will pray with us in this very hard times.

We could really use all the prayers for this country that we can receive.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
 where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:1-2 NIV

We’re trusting that God is for us, He has plans for this nation, and He’s working everything for the good to those who love Him. We trust that He is our present help in trouble. Our help comes from Him who made the heaven and earth.

And we believe that when we hope in Him, He will renew our strength, that He is building this nation up for His glory.

Pray with and for us. Hope for and with us.

May the Lord bless your soul.

If you want to send help through monetary donations, here are two organizations that I really trust. We’re being meticulous on where to send donations since many people are taking advantage of the situation for themselves.

You can send to our church community’s relief operations here:

You can also send to the Office of the Vice President’s Kaya Natin Movement (“Kaya Natin” = We Can):

(The OVP has been there in the rescue ops and have been coordinating with the local sectors in the places affected by the typhoon. God has blessed us with our VP who always does her best for the Filipino people, that’s why we trust her and her ops and movements.)

Whether it’s a prayer and/or a donation, I know the Lord will bless you many-fold back. Those who give, time, money, etc., will never ever lack. If you’ve read this far, thank you.

Image source: ABS-CBN

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