It’s often easy to be distracted or disinterested in disasters and human misery when we are not personally connected. The Philippines are one of Australia’s close neighbors and yet they are so distant and their culture so removed from ours, we really have little thought about them, as we go about our daily struggles to survive our own culture.
Yet Australia has close ties to the Philippines. We have a large population of Filipino people living here along with 3rd and 4th generations who have a Filipino back ground. I am blessed to know and count many as friends – both in the cyber world and as face to face friendships.
My bro also travels on a regular basis to the Philippines and is to marry his fiance there in March next year. She is a beautiful girl with a really kind and gentle heart – which is so typical of that culture. At the moment we don’t know if he is there or here in Australia – but we have strong reason to believe he was on his way there the night before the typhoon hit.
Historically this area has suffered 19 / 20 typhoons a year, with the majority of them blowing out at sea and thankfully only some hitting land. It’s debatable whether or not the one that hit in 1991 is worse then this – and its debatable whether its happened because of climate change or not. And sadly I have been involved in a number of conversations where people have had the attitude See I told you so, its happening. |
This disaster is not the time nor place to politically grandstand on debatable issues. What is not up for debate is the need for our prayers for this nation and the needs for us to truly consider how we may help on a practical basis. Whether it be physical, financial or spiritual they need our help.
A friend of mine who comes from the Philippines suggested to me that this org is a great one to financially support to help over there. http://www.convoyofhope.org/go/headlines/entry/help_headed_to_philippines/
The media have been reporting civil unrest in many places where people who are normally law abiding – have resorted to looting to remain alive. A Red Cross Convey was mobbed, over turned and looted before it got into one of the more worst hit areas.
Father, I pray that you will cause peace to settle over this island. Keep disease at bay and grant wisdom for all so that the best response can be put into action. Cause provision for all who are in need. Bring about a miracle of weather and hold back the winds and the rain allowing response teams to be unhindered. In Jesus name I pray.