Hundreds killed in the Philippines storms; believers mobilize.

By March 1, 2005

Philippines (MNN)–The Philippines is hit by about 20 typhoons and storms every year.

This year was no exception, but the storms were devastating. Typhoons named “Unding,” “Violeta” and “Yoyong” and the tropical storm “Winnie” hit parts of the Philippines between November and December.

The storms left behind landslides, flooding and disease. Recent reports indicate 753 were killed, and 345 were missing. Tens of thousands of people had evacuated their homes and schools and government offices remain closed.

While South Asia and the tsunami continues to be the focus of most relief agencies, Food For the Hungry is in the Philippines, partnering with the local churches in the Quezon province.

This includes: a soup kitchen, food and clothing distributions, Bible distributions, medicines, Christian counseling and post-flood cleaning supplies.

As the team meets physical needs, it opens the door to meet spiritual needs. Pray for the strengthening and encouragement of families. With almost 50 percent of the population living below the poverty line, recovery will be slow and difficult.

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