Updates on Floods in Philippines

Posted: December 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

These children have received gifts of food and clothing after losing everything in the floods.

December 23, 2011 Emergency Update: All of us at FCM have been overwhelmed with compassion for 200 of the 605 children that we sponsor in the Philippines. The head of the national disaster agency, Benito Ramos, said 1,002 people were killed and dozens more remained unaccounted for on Mindanao island after the landslides, flash floods, and falling logs triggered by typhoon Washi. Most of Washi’s casualties were in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, with more than 275,000 people homeless, many now sheltering in dozens of evacuation areas.

In the combined areas of Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro, we have more than 200 sponsored children. Hardest hit are the kids in Iligan City.  All the 123 sponsored kids and their families are affected to some degree.  Those along the riverside were hit the hardest.  The word we have now is that all of them on the riverside lost everything except what they were wearing.  They need food and water and clothing now.  They will be needing help to rebuild homes and help with school needs – supplies, uniforms, shoes, even underwear.  84 families in our local pastor’s church were affected.  26 of them lost their homes.

In Cagayan de Oro area: the report from one of our pastors there is that all 5 families of her sponsored kids lost everything. In other areas of the city, the devastation is terrible.

FCM has daily been investigating and verifying specific needs as we can. From day one of this tragedy, we have send funds to our pastors who oversee the children and their families. We are believing and trusting God for the $100,000 prayed for by Pastor Jonas Bohlin of Fullness in Christ Church, Fort Worth, TX.

Would you like to help us meet this need? Perhaps you have funds available to you that represent God’s blessings in your life. Consider making an Emergency Year’s End Donation.” We believe this to be good soil for the planting of your seeds for your future prosperity. If you can help, pray and send your money to Ministry to Children.

December 21, 2011 Emergency Update: Bev and I arrived back home Monday afternoon from a weekend of intense ministry in Portland (Corpus Christi), TX.  We have been awed, stunned and a bit overwhelmed by all the email reports of this disaster.  FaceBook and other social media have supplied pictures and narrative of the circumstances.

Our subscribers, sponsors and friends of our ministry have responded in prayers and donations.  We are grateful for both. Please keep praying for the children and for us as we make decisions.  Pray that people will make year end gifts like never before.  I have been hearing from God to ask about people giving “First Fruits” offerings from their blessings in 2011.  Can you join with us?

In a meeting last night with our church elders, our pastor prayed that we would receive $100,000 for this relief and restoration effort for our children, their families and our pastors.  My heart jumped with joy and faith as he said that.  Would you please pray with us that this goal will be quickly reached?

Would you like to help us meet this need?  If you can help, send your money to Ministry to Children.

December 20, 2011 Update: Hundreds of pictures of this horrible disaster keep surfacing. Please keep praying for the survivors and their families. Some pastors have had to spend the Christmas gift monies we sent to meet absolute emergency needs.  Pray with us that somehow God will provide a Christmas Gift even yet to each of our sponsored children and their pastor.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your prompt generosity.  It is amazing to us that our subscribers love our sponsored children and their families so much.  Because of you, they are seeing God’s love in action.

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See photos and more information on Kathy Bohlin’s blog
Kathy’s Blog — All God’s Children

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