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Pray for Recovery in the Philippines

November 14, 2013 by Open Doors in General

*Representative photo used to protect identity.

Open Doors USA is urging prayers for the victims and families of the super typhoon that killed thousands of people in the central Philippines. Thousands more are missing and injured. An estimated 9 million have been seriously affected, with many of them made homeless, by Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded.

“I urge all Christians in the West to pray for the victims of this horrific typhoon which has devastated many areas of the Philippines,” says Open Doors USA President/CEO Dr. David Curry. “Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the victims. Pray that relief products such as medicine, food and water get to those who are suffering.”

Open Doors’ work in the southern Philippines – especially in Zamboanga in Mindanao province – over the years includes providing relief products and refuge for victims of an on-going conflict between government troops and Muslim rebels, training of church leaders, social-economic programs and literacy and discipleship ministries. Although the work of Open Doors has not been directly affected by the typhoon, our office in Manila has joined the effort to help those affected.

Father God, our hearts break as we hear of the sorrow and grief suffered by so many in the Philippines. We ask today that You provide provisions for them, provide comfort for them, and in the midst of their pain, draw them to Yourself. Father, we know that even in the midst of tragedy Your hand is at work. Although it is difficult to see the good, we know that Your Word is true and we praise Your Name in all things. Together we say, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles.” (2 Cor 1:3-4a). Father, may those who are without hope, find hope through Your son Jesus Christ, our comforter and our redeemer, Amen.

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