Typhoon Vamco is the 21st named storm to hit the Philippines this year. The archipelago typically sees 20 tropical storms and typhoons each season, the Associated Press reports. Vamco dumped record-breaking rainfall on Manila before heading to Vietnam.
Filipino believers respond to disasters quickly, offering physical help and the hope of Christ, but they’re running out of options.
“The evangelical body, headed by [the] Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, have been responding but if you have a series of calamities and disasters, you are also depleted of your resources,” Herman Moldez of Asian Access says
Super Typhoon Goni made landfall last week in the Bicol region, just south of Manila, as the strongest typhoon in recorded world history. Typhoon Vamco, known locally as Ulysses, may have been weaker but its timing was terrible.
In Bicol, “they only were able to rebuild one-percent and then came another typhoon, and it passed through the same path,” Moldez says. “It’s one typhoon after the other successively.”
In Manila and the central Luzon region, Vamco stirred troubling memories.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray Filipino believers providing relief aid can find opportunities to share Christ.