Missions News & Stories

I am very excited about your desire to push for finishing the task! I want to have a part in this effort!! Praying that the task will soon be done!! Until there is a witness for Christ in every nation.

— Jean P.

After recent scandals, I have become skeptical of the native missionary movement. I have been supporting native missionaries for decades now, but these scandals have really burnt my trust. Thank you for addressing trust and accountability in Prayerline letter.

— Jann F., IL

We give thanks to our loving, compassionate, Sovereign God for your ministries. Thank you!

— Rick and Debra R., WI

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you, for such wonderful weekly articles. I look forward to each one, as it helps me to view beyond my own thoughts/circumstances enabling transformed and focused prayers outwardly to what God is doing around the world. It helps me to think outside of my little, local box, to see as God sees that there is more at stake than my problems. These articles and this ministry are a simple grace that is calling us to pray together as one body in Jesus Christ. Again thank you!

— Mark M., FL

God’s Joy and Blessings as we remember what Jesus did for us, new Life in Him.

— Jim and Lorraine H., WI

Thank you for all you do in helping us share in the needs of our brothers and sisters in God’s Kingdom! You are precious! Never forget the value of being the facilitating Hand of Jesus!

— Dale and Nancy D., NY

Thank you for all of your hard work in all of the hardest situations around the world, and thank you for making us aware so we can pray and help support your efforts. May God bless your efforts abundantly!

— David S., OR

Thank you for sending us the newsletters from the various ministries Christian Aid supports with its thrilling testimonies and their needs for us to pray for them.

— Keith and Carla H., CA

God bless you for being a great agent in the Hand of God to build His Kingdom!

— Doug R., GA

God bless your efforts on His behalf!

— Larry W., SD

May God richly bless your wonderful efforts on His behalf. Keep up the great work!

— Gary and Cheryl M., FL

Your work is superlative!

— Jacqueline B., IL

God bless you as you continue helping these hurting people! We serve a GREAT GOD.

Ryan and Cynthia S., WI

Thank you! We so appreciate your ministry.

— Bob and Tina R., OH

I pray daily using the prayer calendar. God bless you. As a former missionary kid, I commend you to God and to others for this wonderful work.

— Daniel S., TN

May the Lord bless you in all you do.

— David M., NY

God bless you and keep you safe. Praying for the needs of this ministry.

— Jerah C., PA

Just wanted to thank you this is such a great cause and so informative God bless you all keep up the great work so amazing

— Joey S.

May God continue to anoint and direct Christian Aid in co-laboring with His people in many far away and remote places.

— Dennis N., PA

I want to express my sincere thank you for being a bridge between concerned followers of Christ and the needs of the church worldwide. I have prayed for this many times, and now I can be a part of the lives of so many accross the globe.

— Debbie P., FL

Praying our Precious Lord Christ will richly BLESS you all. Love you lots and many thanks for your little notes.

— Sister Gertrude C., MI

Thank you for what you do, for the cause of Christ. Thank you for all your letters and the monthly prayer requests, and the magazine. My tears are pouring for the refugee families. I praise God for you.

— Gloria M., WA

Praise God for Christian Aid Mission. It is such a blessing to read and hear of how God is working in you all and through you all.

Bobby S., VA

May the Lord’s direction and wisdom be multiplied.

Lena B., NY

What a blessing to see all the awesome places you go to “live for the Lord.” God bless you!

Jennifer B., NH

I will be praying for you all in HIS ministry of the gospel & trusting God to multiply the little I can give and accomplish all His purposes, in Jesus’ Name!

Karen W., CA

I’m thankful for the tremendous work your mission does.

— Sue B., TN

I appreciate your monthly prayerline and pray for these groups/individuals each day. I also just finished reading the Reformation for Missions and it was a real eye-opener and definitely should be the new model for missions in this century. Thank you, and God bless all you are doing.

— Fredrica S., TN

I am thankful that I can give some of my money from cake ball sales to Christian Aid to help needy kids! God bless!

— Corinne L. (11), NH

Your most recent message was very motivating. We are alive, today, for such a time as this. We love you so much! Thank you for the honor of allowing us to help our brethren!

Dawn M., MA

May God continue to use you in blessing our brethren in need around the world. Our prayers are that all gifts received be multiplied. God bless!!

Jorge & Julie P., PR

I wanted to send a word of encouragement and say thanks to you for sending me email updates about what is going on with Christians oversees. God bless you and your ministry.

Veronica D., CA

All things work together for good as GOD give us the strength to help one another. To GOD be the glory.

— Elenita C., CA

It's truly a testimony of the Lord's sovereignty that He can take such a horrific situation and use it to grow His kingdom - I am deeply grieved for the families who lost their loved ones in Syria. I am praying that their deaths would send a wake of God's glory through that area - that millions would be saved and meet Him. Though I am far away and feel as though I can do very little, I just wanted to write some one and say that my heart aches for these lives lost, the pain that their families are enduring. I am on the opposite side of the world but I care. These eleven daises are in my kitchen today reminding me of the beauty of these martyrs. Many blessings to your ministry and all that you do for the Kingdom.

Kylie D.,

Keep up your good work! Thanks for all your research on these missions!

Mildred S., MA

More POWER, JOY, and GUIDANCE to you all—All praise to our precious Jesus!

— Martha P., TN

Thanks and God bless you and your staff for the wonderful work you do. I know God has a Huge and Special plan for your organization In the near future. I pray that plan involves you being able to reach more people around the world than ever before. I want to say thank you for letting my wife and I be a part of your outreach and we look forward to hearing great things Our Lord Jesus CHRIST Has been doing in your ministry. God Bless you Sincerely, in the Love of CHRIST , Amen.


We uphold Christian Aid Mission in daily prayer and the people of Iraq & the Middle East. May God grant you funds and personnel to meet needs. God's richest blessings!

— Daniel and Donna S., TN

I really like the addition of the scripture in the Prayerline!

Robert and Karen K., PA

Blessings to you for your work in the Lord in this coming New Year.

Richard and Evangeline W., TX

I thank the Lord for the continued work of Christian Aid Mission.

Alfred R., NY

Just finished reading the book Reformation in Foreign Missions and was truly amazed at what we can do with a different point of view. One that makes so much more sense.

Julie R., OH

I'm sending you a check for $5000 which I'd like you to use however you feel that the Lord is leading whether for administration or otherwise. I am a treasurer myself and know how hard it is to get gifts for telephones, electricity and insurance, none of which can be seen but without which you cannot operate. I've been one of your supporters for years and am always amazed at how much you do. I wish you well and the Lord's blessing.

— James S., FL

Thank you for your informative letter and other materials- it has helped more than you know.

Fern B., TX

I keep praying that God will provide jobs for all who give to Christian Aid- important for completing God’s work on earth.

Virginia D., CA

Thank you for your wonderful mission!

Judy E., MN

Praise God for the wonderful things you are doing for others. I pray for your strength and protection in Jesus name. I look forward to assisting in the future. God bless you.

Dorothy H., OH

I give thanks to God for you and pray for the ministry.

Marina O., IL

Your ministry worldwide continues to be so God-directed and blessed. The need is sooo great and I am glad I can be a small part of it.

Alice S., IA

Praying for all the needs of your Prayerline—we count it a privilege to pray with brothers/sisters – continue on your good works in His name!!

Kim F., PA

Your work inspires me! God bless.

Jacob L., VA

We appreciate you and are glad to be a part of your ministry. God bless.

— George and Beatrice W., VA

My prayers can reach and do more than I can. Here is my little offering; it is all I can do. God bless.

Elaine O., NY

We pray continually for this ministry!

Pastor and Mrs. Kenneth D., NC

Thank you for all your work for the Lord!

Eleanor A., NC

Thank you for your ministry. May God bless and prosper your mission.

Paula S., TX

God bless your work

Ricky F., FL

I appreciate the work you are doing and pray God will continue using you to build His Kingdom.

Kristel K., PA

God bless you for your service to our KING!

Susan M., CA

May God bless everyone involved in this charity. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Khalil R., PA

I have been very impressed with the work that you are doing throughout the world. Keep up the good work.

Dick D., OR

Dorothy’s book was amazing to read—her endurance by God’s grace, and the depth of both evil (gov’t persecutors) and love (of God) revealed. Important reading for comfy Americans. I will be ordering more copies to give away. Also, I hope to get Dr. Freddie’s book when it is out. Re: support for missionary à missionary must be Biblical. Thanks for all your work for our Lord Jesus.

— Barbara S., PA

Thank you for allowing us to serve with you.

Timothy and Catherine G., NY

You have some of the best information about what's happening in Iraq and how we can pray.

Teresa B., MN

May all the needs of the ministries all over the world be met.

Gloria A., CT

We love the new Prayerline. We keep it and a map of the world on the kitchen table with our Bible and use it every morning.

Melinda K., MI

I pray it is well with all. God bless and keep you in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Shirley B., KY

We appreciate all you do to make it possible for us to participate in the furtherance of the cause of Christ, both in evangelism and in meeting the physical needs of our fellow believers in the Majority World.

Bob and Donna J., NC

I thank God in the name of Jesus Christ for your work in Christ to bring the Gospel to the world. Thank you and God bless.

Gregg C., NY

May the God of the universe who is IN CONTROL provide for all your needs.

Thomas B., NY

I am 79 and my wife will be 81 yrs. old soon. I take time with the Prayerline you send me. I lay my hand on each separate need and I ask Father God to supply each need in Jesus’ Name until I go through all of the 30 individual needs.

Mr. D. Robert C., MA

Thank you for being Jesus’ hands, feet, voice and ears to serve these children in need of Christ’s love.

Mickey & Elyse, WI

I received your magazine recently and got fully absorbed in the stories therein. God bless you as you lead in this ministry.

Vergie T., NC

This ministry is so very dear to our hearts. We pray that Jesus will continue to bless you. We love you. Come again Lord Jesus!

— Mary Anne & Bruce C., ME

I thank God for the work you are doing!

Cynthia S., WI

Thank you for helping me find the truth. You have brought me to the Lord.

Levi S., CA

It is a privilege to sow with Christian Aid to harvest souls unto the Kingdom of our God! My prayers and blessings to you all for your faithfulness these many years! May you all be watchful stewards persevering to the end!

Janet H., VT

We pray God’s rich blessing every morning for each need and the ministry that works so hard. Thank you for the service you give.

Darrel and Sonia H., IN

I continue to pray for you and the people that are being reached for Christ.

Larry B., VA

God bless all those who serve in the Christian Aid ministry around the world!

Sheila B., CA

I send Blessings to my brothers and sisters in the Lord for all you do to further the Kingdom of God and advance His Kingdom. May the Lord empower Christian Aid’s staff both here and abroad with an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in gifts for the service of our King! Hallelujah!

Janet H., VT

Thanks for supporting indigenous missionaries – it is a privilege to pray for them!

Chris and Kim F., PA

Thank you for these beloved ones, Lord God, who are a light of Christ in dark places, who minister your name, sharing your compassionate loving kindness with the lonely, the downtrodden, the desperate and despairing, the widows and orphans…. the hopeless. Thank you, O God, for lavishing your grace upon your ministers of your word as they share the Bread of Life – the abundance of Living Water with those so hungry and thirsty for righteousness. May they know your love and promises in Christ (Eph 1)

Debra H., WI

For the past three years my income has been off by 40%. There have been many difficult times and some serious problems. Yet, He has helped me through it all. He is going to help me this time too, because He cannot lie! It’s not that I’m a great man of faith, He’s just a GREAT GOD!!!

Thank you for all you do to spread Jesus! I am so thankful to be a part of something greater.

Sarah M., VA

I thank and praise our Father in Heaven for my brothers and sisters that go before me. May the work and provision of my hands also be established & accomplish purpose of God’s plan. Thanks for using me to be a part of God’s work through your ministries.

Janet V., FL

In a time as this all the world needs the word of God preached. Thank you Christian Aid.

David and M.E. M., MS

Praise God for your ministry and the faithfulness of the missionaries!

Karen C., TN

I was so encouraged to find your website and learn that you are specifically supporting Christian refugees in addition to those of other faiths.

Carolyn T., TN

Appreciate you. God bless you workers.

Freda F., OH

Thank you for faithfully sending the monthly prayer needs. God bless you.

Ruth and Fred K., NY

May God bless all of your work with the children. Thank you!

Fidelis Bible Class, MD

Praise God for your good work. To God be the glory!

Thomas and Therese N., CA

We pray for effective witness & work. May God reward you.

Shirley G., PA

I am using my Prayerline brochure and am blessed by the knowledge of all your ministries. All praise to God, our Heavenly Father and to Jesus our Savior and Redeemer!

Sonya M., PA

I appreciate everyone at Christian Aid - Thank you for being there so I can be of service to Lord Jesus. You provide a wonderful opportunity to be a part of God's worldwide family. God Bless you Everyone.

Penny S.

Thank you for the Prayerline to share with “my” ladies and my sister! I greatly appreciate it.

Ellen B., GA

God bless you for helping Christians!

Ellen J., TN

I appreciate your ministry so much and tell everyone with whom I have opportunity, sharing the news and old prayer letters. Thanks for your ministry to the King!

Carolyn S., FL

May the Lord richly bless your ministry.

Carol W., OH

God bless your activities! It is a blessing. God is love!

Yohannes Y., MD

I deeply appreciate the work you are doing. God’s blessings and favor be upon all of you.

In Him, Ruth F., PA

Thank you, It's an honor to help these desperate people in places like the Middle East. Thanks for getting the help to the people who will help them.

Michelle P., ME

Thank you, for becoming a way for us with little to help.

Carolyn S., FL

Thank you for being Christ's Hand extended and a faithful ministry through which we can give to these in Jesus name.

Nancy D., NY

Keep fighting the good fight!

Mary Lou G., NY

I learned the principles of indigenous missions while in Bible College in 1978 from a 3rd generation missionary. I also questioned fellow students from Peru and India and learned from their conclusions about foreign missionaries. I gained a lot from these people and I agree with your Reformation book totally.

— Willie L., IN

Thanks so much to those out there helping out our brothers and sisters. The kingdom of God is expanding and the workers are truly inspiring!

— Joel R., UK

I pray for all your projects, and also each day for Dorothy Sun and the China division.

— Evelyn T., VA

How we praise the Lord for the way He is supplying the needs in Burma! Thank you for your ministry and faithfulness. The Lord answers prayer! We believe the funds will arrive safely.

— Jean P., CA

Thank you so much for the book. In hope of others adopting Christian Aid’s method of reaching more people for Christ my copy was passed on to a deacon of my church.

— Ola V., MD

Praying for the Lord to show them His Salvation.

John P.G., Singapore

I wish I were able to send more, but I do pray daily for your important ministry.

Joy F., FL

You’re doing a great job! Keep it up!

Dick and Virginia K., IA

God bless your ministry, supporters, and all you come into contact with.

Joe and Barbara B.

Thank you for the monthly Prayerline calendar. I join you in prayer!

Deborah B., GA

“What’s Happening?” is a high point for me each month. Thanks!

Stanley M., FL

I continue to treasure my partnership with Christian Aid and the privilege of praying for one another. I praise God that He is working! “What’s Happening” is so dynamic. The ministries of our brothers and sisters truly teach me as I think of their dedication to God in very hard places.

Tammy D., PA

Really enjoyed the latest magazine! Please add this monthly donation to my others. God bless each of you at the office.

Linda G., OR

I lived in the Middle East for 5 years and have Syrian friends. My heart breaks over this unthinkable tragedy. I am praying! Please keep the info coming so we can pray effectively! Thanks for what you do!

Karen R., VA

God bless you all! I praise Him for your commitment and integrity.

Lois H., OK

Thank you for making it possible for me to reach a country I’ve never been to. You do what I cannot do. I cannot go there, I cannot speak their language, I cannot reach their souls.

Karen V., PR

Thank you so much for all that you do.

Jerry F., SC

My prayer is that each request would be met. Wish I had more to give. The need is great everywhere. I’m trying to concentrate on the Middle East and Africa – a few other places as well.

Myra B., CA

I am grateful to the Lord to you guys for your commitment with the gospel.

Luis D., NJ

We are praying for the wonderful work you are doing.

Peter M., FL

I praise God for your world wide ministry. We have the great privilege of praying and giving to the Great Commission of our Lord through missionaries in many countries that are Muslim and closed to Christian missionaries.

Michael S., WI

Bless you all in the great work you do. I’m staying in prayer for many lost peoples.

Lisa A., CA

Thank you for your labors for Jesus. We thank The LORD for his blessings from Heaven and we are thankful that we can be involved.

Cleveland Christian Chapel, OH

Sent with prayers: Multiply Lord as with the fish and loaves. Be glorified Lord – Amen.

Joel B., OH

I have been blessed by your ministry for the last 40 years. Thanks. Keep up the good work

Stuart M., AR

My son did a bake sale fundraiser for this as a school project, we hope that this speaks of God's love to these refugees.

Karla R., PA

Thanks again for your service to Christ and His Kingdom.

Robert R., OH

May God continue to direct, guide, provide, protect and bless those who submit and surrender to doing his work throughout the world! And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17

Alisa B., KY

May God continue to richly bless you and your organization as you labor for the extension of His Kingdom.

Jonathan and Sara S., GA

Merry Christmas! Hello folks- God bless all of you and CAM in the coming year!

Stephanie R., NY

Merry Christmas to all! May God continue to bless the wonderful work you do.

Elizabeth C., MD

Thank you for all your correspondence. God bless you as you reach out to those who would be invisible were it not for you. God bless this work, and every knee will bow.

Debbie P., FL

We wish you a most wonderful Christmas celebrating our dear Savior’s birth!

Ron and Natalie T., MD

Dear folks at Christian Aid, We want to THANK YOU for all you are doing taking the Gospel of Christ out there!

Greg and Terri B., WV

Praying for the missionaries around the world. God bless!!!

Anna Y., NY

Merry Christmas and a very blessed new year and thanks so much for your prayers for the Philippine ministries and for me and my loved ones.

Araceli A., CA

A very happy, joyous, blessed Christmas to all of my Christian Aid family Thank you for your loving, prayerful concern for my family.

Edith G., CA

Thank you for all your hard work & faithfulness in reaching out to those in need with love & hope. I pray that God will continue to richly bless you for the committed investments into HIS Kingdom.

Jan V., FL

Thank you for your faith-filled work you are doing in the love, power and name of Jesus Christ! Your light is brightly penetrating the darkest places of the world. May God richly bless each of you!

Anne K., WA

We appreciate Christian Aid Mission so much. We pray daily for the financial needs of the indigenous church. Needs keep us on our knees!

David S., IL

I often wonder how you who work at CAM are doing financially. You seldom ask for help directly.

Dot D., CO

We bless and praise the Lord for the great work Christian Aid is doing.

Jason and Inbarani S., KY

God bless you for all you are doing in Jesus’ Name. Thank you for your prayers.

Bruce and Charlene F., MA

God bless you for all you are doing in Jesus’ Name. Thank you for your prayers.

Pastor Glen and Grace R., PA

Thankful to God for you and the blessing and privilege of this ministry.

Allison M., MI

God bless you all at CAM and especially those indigenous missionaries to whom these funds go. God increase them and His Kingdom for Christ’s glory!

Hennelore R., OH

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and have a Wonderful New Year!

Craig and Billie Jo Y., SC

Enclosed in a one-time gift most of which comes from an inheritance we received from our generous uncle, who passed away earlier this year. We pray that you can use it to glorify God by spreading the Gospel and in helping others in Jesus’ Name. We hope this donation will be an encouragement to you as well. We chose your organization because of the fruits that we have seen over the years. May God continue to richly bless you and your excellent ministry.

Jonathan and Elizabeth T., MI

Thank you for all you are doing to help indigenous missions. “God’s Kingdom Come”.

Alvin W., MI

Dear Christian Worker: I am living in an assisted living home and we have two former missionaries who hold services here and have passed out your Prayerline pamphlets and I have seriously prayed daily for these needs. Because of obligations I didn’t feel I could send money even though I wanted to do so. I asked the Lord to help me take care of these needs so I could have some extra to send. He did and I was glad to use it this way. I have been faithfully giving to support our church missionary needs but I was glad to be able to send some to these needs. I am in my 90s so my time may be short since I do have problems but I will be praying for the needs you mention as long as the Lord keeps me here, and give as I can also. It is so good to see the Lord is working among those who have not yet heard the gospel message.

Emma M., ID

Thanks for the info. There are SO MANY needs worldwide that I can't even read about all of them that I receive. But Jesus knows. And I lift them up to Him. It's so good to know that Jesus knows us all and is praying for us at the Father's side. Praise His Name!


Enclosed is a contribution. We are very pleased with your ministry and the way that you hold the recipients accountable! God bless you!

Daryl and Kristine R., KS

To my Christian Aid Family: Thank you for standing with me in prayer for my needs and for my family in this past year. We have been truly blessed. I pray that this year will be the best ever for your ministry and for each of you personally. God bless you. Love in Christ,

E. G., CA

Let us not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Gal. 6:9

Maple Grove Christian Church, VA

Thank you for serving Christ and His Church around the world. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your ministry.

Bradford K., FL

Heavenly Father please stretch out thy mighty hand on this gift, that it may be a blessing to other. In Jesus; name, Amen.

Khalil R., PA

Thank you for your prayers. It is a continued blessing to be praying over natives and peoples who are responding to the call of the Holy Spirit to come to the water of life. May Christ be exalted and even in “such a time as this”!

Janet H., VT

Thank you for your dedication to the Great Commission. Jesus is coming soon! Israel is critically important to God.

Charles S., IL

Thank your for your service to persecuted Christians.

Matthew and Alison B., MA

God bless your efforts to support these ministries and help those in need!

Scott A., CO

After hearing about Christian Aid, I’m glad that I don’t have to donate to the American missions that use most of their money supporting people who transport their American lifestyle overseas. So I hope you can continue helping missionaries that really need help.

Wayne S., SD

God bless in all that you do to further the Kingdom. My wife is from Mindanao, Philippines. We LOVE that place.

Roger and Regina B., VA

I'd rather give locally also and will never knowingly give to corrupt Western Aid organizations. May many turn to God is this extremely trying time. Stay strong in the Lord.

Sherry M., FL

God Bless this ministry for not giving in to Western practices of selfish agendas and truly bringing hope to these victims of the typhoon. May God continue to fund and bless this work.

Rachel G., FL

Please start automatic giving to the destitute elderly need in Burma. I am on social security but they need it more than I do.

Barbara S., FL

Thank you for the reports you send with your receipts. Thank you for this unique way of helping believers all over the world.

Gerald R., FL

Thank you for helping us give!

Matt and Melody A., IN

Your hard work is so greatly appreciated!

Alejandro S., TX

“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

Brian W., Australia

God bless you all for doing His work.

Terri C., IL

I praise the Lord for the work you do in His Name!

Louise R., MO

What a privilege to partner with you all. God bless the Syrians!

Donald and Lisa B., WI

Thank you very much for all the updates and news letters you send me, I pray that the Lord may continue to refresh you as you dedicate your time in letting the Body of Christ know about what is taking place around the globe.

Precious C.

Thank you so much for all the helpful updates – our church prays for hotspots like these regularly and I find your news insightful and it makes me grateful to God for His many blessings. Times are changing, though and we are definitely edging closer to the Lord’s return. God bless you & your team.

Henry C., Malaysia

Thank you for what you are doing to obey the Lord’s command to make disciples of all nations. You’re always in my prayers.

Jerry S., CA

Blessed is he who considers the poor. The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. I love that verse. Trouble can be very disconcerting can't it. But to have the Lord's promise of deliverance takes the sting out of it. And it adds a blessing. Praise be to God.

Richard G., Japan

Thank you for all you do to keep me informed. May God bless you.

Charles J., NH

God bless all of you---such an exciting ministry.

Frank B., CA

I praise the Lord that He is using Christian Aid Mission to reach out to Christians in all areas of the world; and especially in places western missionaries can’t go.

Louise R., MO

I pray for this ministry every day. I look forward to the day when I can send in much more than this.

Carol T., CA

We pray for the wonderful working of the Holy Spirit from Heaven.

Church in Ohio

God bless you. You are a blessing to many.

Jeff and Diane S., HI

Thank you for your “work” in providing Prayerline so we may pray effectively.

Chris and Kim F., PA

Keep up the good work you and your teams are doing all over the world!!

Ashok J., Australia

Dear friends at Christian Aid, We continue to thank you for taking the Good News of Christ to the people.

Greg and Terri B., WV

"The Devastation is Heartbreaking"

November 11, 2013

As their nation reels from incomprehensible destruction in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, several Philippine ministries are pleading for immediate help and the steadfast prayers of Christian Aid Mission supporters.

One of the strongest storms in recorded history—with winds reaching upwards of 235 mph—slammed ashore November 8 in the central Philippines. Tens of thousands are feared dead and more than half a million are now homeless.

Entire coastal villages were swept away by giant waves reminiscent of the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. The wide swath of structural destruction across the archipelago has directly affected some 4 million Filipinos.

The city of Tacloban on the island of Leyte was hit particularly hard, where the death toll is expected to rise to thousands. Clean water and food supplies are running low and reports began to surface Monday of cases of dysentery.

A Christian Aid ministry partner expressed great concern for residents of Tacloban. “We have not yet heard from our believers there. Communication has been cut off,” he said.

Bohol Island, which suffered significant damage from an earthquake three weeks ago, was further ravaged by the typhoon. Missionaries and pastors serving in the area lost everything in the quake, and the typhoon has only added to their distress.

“Due to the strong earthquake, houses, church buildings, roads, and bridges were badly damaged. As a result, most of these believers were temporarily living in tents. Food, medicine, water, communication, and transportation are very hard for them to find,” said a ministry leader who works on the island.

He asked for urgent help for the 25 pastors who were directly affected by both the earthquake and typhoon. In addition, he reported there are “300 to 500 families from these pastors' congregations who are very much in need.”

“No complaints are heard from them for they know Jesus knows what they are going through. Still, they need our prayers for comfort,” he said.

Numerous churches and Bible schools assisted by Christian Aid have also been decimated by the typhoon.

Recovery efforts will take months, even years, and structural damage has been immense across the central Philippines. However, survival is the most pressing concern now, and water, food, and shelter are critically needed.

“The devastation on the islands is heartbreaking,” said another ministry partner. “We covet your prayers.”

Note: When you contribute through the form below, all funds will be sent to ministries in the Philippines that are associated with Helping Traditions.

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