The church building in Sagbayan was totally destroyed by the eqrthquake.
Today, James and I toured the island of Bohol where a 7.2 earthquake struck in October. The devastation was so great that nearly every building was significantly impacted. We visited the area of Sagbayan where even today, 70 percent of the members of the churches we visited are living outside due to the severity of the damage sustained to their homes. Less than a month after the earthquake, super-storm Yolanda struck the island and caused further damage to already hurting people of Bohol. We were moved by how God is working in the churches to rebuild. The people of the Philippines are resilient, but, the ones we’ve met, are also strong in their faith. They know that the Lord will provide for them a new church building and the necessary resources to rebuild their homes and lives. I see this expressed in Psalm 42:7-8, All Your waves and billows have gone over me. The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me—a prayer to the God of my life.
This is the rainy season in the Philippines and, we observed the planting of the new rice crop.
And Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. The Lord blessed him. Gen. 26:12. It is a time of new beginnings. Please keep the people of Bohol in prayer. Pray that the Lord will use these great disasters to return a hundredfold for His Kingdom.
Tomorrow, we head into one of the most affected areas of typhoon Yolanda. Pray for safe travels and wisdom. Lord bless each of you for partnering with James and me in the service of our Heavenly Father.
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