I haven’t been a very good Compassion blogger lately. They had an awesome blogger month a little while ago that I didn’t make time to take part in and I promised myself I would make time for it this month. I couldn’t have guessed that the need this month would be so great.
Here’s the information I received from Compassion:
Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on Friday, Nov. 8 causing mass destruction. According to UNICEF around 1.7 million children are believed to be living in areas in the typhoon’s path. Currently electricity is out in major cities. According to CNN.com, nearly half a million people were forced out of their homes due to the storm. This storm has rendered thousands of children and families displaced and helpless, in need of urgent help.
Many children sponsored by Compassion live in the Philippines. Amazingly, the most recent post I saw on Facebook said that none of the Philippine Compassion children have lost their lives. Praise God!
Hopefully it is not news to anyone that this has happened. Thanks to social media, even those of us who don’t have cable or get the newspaper can keep up on the events. If you want to know what is going on, you can just Google it and get more information than one can feasibly read on the situation. I am not one to judge why natural disasters happen, but I do believe that they happen because our world is fallen and broken. When these things happen, it reminds us that our home was not supposed to be this way. We were made for something better.
It is hard for me to even imagine what the people displaced by this storm are going through. Often when these kinds of things happen I wonder why I am so blessed as to be spared. I still don’t have a good answer to that question, but I do know that I can use this opportunity to raise awareness and to give – and you can too.