Pray for the Philippines as it lies in the path of a potentially devastating typhoon — Haiyan (locally called Yolanda).
The Washington Post says that it is now among the most intense storms to form on the planet in modern records. “The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) estimates maximum sustained winds are 190 mph, a marked increase from even Wednesday, when it reached Category 5 intensity, the top of the scale for tropical cyclones (i.e. hurricanes and typhoons),” it reported today. (Click here to see the complete article.)
Early today, Dan and Tori Beaver, Grace Brethren missionaries who serve with First Love International on the picturesque island of Boracay, wrote on Facebook: “It looks ominous, coming right at Boracay Island. Pray with us, that many will be protected. Lift up the Ati families who live in huts. Pray for all the First Love missionaries and staff on Boracay.”
Earlier they posted: “Pray for the believers who have light material houses. Pray for the Ati who have little vulnerable huts. Pray for our First Love buildings. Please pray that many will be saved spiritually and physically in the First Love Ministry Center and Agape School building where the local officials have declared it a shelter for many to run to. We expect hundreds in our strong building, a refuge for many poor families. Thank you for praying. This is the biggest typhoon in decades, coming for Boracay Island.”
Pray also for Grace Brethren National Ministry Partners in the Philippines, including Rey and Alma Paz, who are church planters there.