October 1, 2009
Global Day of Prayer
"Prayer does not change the purpose of God. But prayer does change the action of God." Chuck Smith
Friends and Prayer coordinators from the South East Asia region as well as the Pacific has requested that urgent prayer be mobilized for the situation in these regions due to devastating - and unconnected - earthquakes and tsunamis.
Lena Wan (SEAPC) reports: I just got news from a friend that the Philippines is bracing themselves for another storm expected to hit Sat, 3 October, 4am (GMT+8), knows as Typhoon Pama. It could develop into a Super Typhoon. If it does hit, it will also move onto Central Vietnam, which is in the same line as Typhoon Ketsana. Pray that God will weaken the storm and divert it to the sea.
These are the places currently flooded and trying to make sense of the damages: Central Vientam, Southern Laos, Northern Thailand, Central and NE Cambodia (provinces bordering Laos and Vietnam).
Yesterday evening, a 7.6 Richter earthquake hit Padang, Indonesia. Many lives were lost and massive damage done. Roads have been cut off due to the damage, making delivery of relief supplies difficult.
· Pray for God to open the way for people to be helped.
· Pray for God’s mercy and compassion to rise within the Christians, so that we will offer prayer and help.
The story below “Ondoy Aftermath” was sent by Ronnie Magpayo (Prayer coordinator, Philippines) 2 days ago. Operation Blessing Philippines, outreach arm of CBN Philippines, has appealed for help as well, along with many, many other NGOs.
Tropical storm Ondoy (international code name Ketsana) that hit the Phillipines Saturday (26 September) brought 85-100 kph of gustiness and 455 millimeters (or more than a month's amount) of rain in just 24 hours that caused flooding in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces of Rizal, Bulacan and Laguna. As of 29 September 240 (and counting) were killed because of the storm, 32 missing, and more than 400,000 displaced staying in evacuation centers – many without food, drinking water and electricity for 3 days.
The affected areas are Metro Manila, Rizal, Laguna, Batangas, Cavite, Bulacan, Quezon, Central Luzon and Cagayan Valley. An initial estimate of damage on infrastructure is P400M, and on agriculture P820M. The worst hit area because of flooding is Metro Manila with 80 percent submerged in water on Saturday and Sunday. Thousands are displaced in Quezon City, Marikina, Cainta, Montalban and San Mateo. Landslide killed dozens in San Mateo.
The flood in Metro Manila was the worst in four decades and it spared neither rich nor poor. Many of the flooded areas are middle class villages like Provident in Marikina, Greenheights in Cainta and Northview in Quezon City. People stayed for hours on their rooftops to save their lives. Rescuers came late because of lack of rescue facilities and poor coordination of the Philippine Navy and the National Disaster Coordinating Council that is headed by the presidential aspirant and Secretary of Defense Gilbert Teodoro.