Sunday, September 27, 2009

Typhoon Ondoy

On Saturday, Typhoon Ondoy (international name Ketsana) swept through the Philippines. Although this has not been our first experience with a typhoon, this was by far the closest typhoon and most severe. We lost power for a couple of hours, our Internet for almost 24 hours, and our water pressure diminished to barely over a trickle. There were winds of 50-60 mph and constant rain. The news outlets said a months worth of rain was dumped in just 12 hours. The reports at the time of this post say that there are 52 dead and over 300,000 displaced. The area where we are at, the province of Bulacan/Pampanga, has been placed under a "state of calamity." Thankfully, our home and the church did not receive much damage. There were some leaks in the roof but no flooding. However, there were many of our church members whose homes suffered flooding. The damage ranges from ankle to waist deep in water. Please be sure to keep them in your prayers. In spite of this, many of them still managed to make it to church on Sunday. With a smile on our faces, the first song we sang Sunday morning was "A Shelter in the Time of Storm." As Christians, we know that our joy does not depend on our circumstances. We have Jesus as our rock in a weary land.

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-

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