Asia / Pacific
One of our churches in mainland China had a very special way to celebrate on Christmas Eve.
Some disciples in one of their ministry groups went out to the main streets, inviting some friends with them who love singing songs. They sang international Christmas songs, especially for children.
October 2009 saw around 300 disciples meet together in Melbourne for the annual conference with representatives from the Australian churches of Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra as well as from New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and the Hampton Roads Church (Virginia, USA). The overwhelming unity between the Australian and South Pacific churches is definitely a sign of the continuing growth and mutual encouragement happening in this side of the world.
Disciples around the world are helping the Metro Manila Christian Church of the International Churches of Christ in which all 2400 disciples were affected by the two typhoons they suffered last week. Here is an update on some of the support they are receiving.
The Lord spared most cities in the Philippines from the destructive rampage of Typhoon Pepeng as it veers course at the last minute. God truly answers the prayers of the saints!
Here are the triumphs and needs of the disciples.
A monstrous typhoon floods Manila and strikes Vietnam and Cambodia. A 7.6 earthquake struck the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, killing 496 people. A tsunami devastates the island of Samoa.
Thanks to the prayers of people around the world, Typhoon Parma (Pepeng) weakened and changed course last night lessening its effect on Manila where 10,000 are still evacuated from their homes. Many disciples have been praying and fasting around the world.
Moer prayers and help are needed. See www.hopeww.org
Koko Enrile explains how many of the missing disciples have been located. Still, with relief operations just beginning, another typhoon (Pepeng) is now bearing down on the Philippines. Please be praying for these brave disciples.
Also pray for the people suffering in the wake of the tsunami in Samoa and the earthquake in Indonesia.
240 are dead, 375,000 evacuated and 2 million people affected by Typhoon Ketsana and another one is on the way. 78 disciples are missing from the Metro Manila Christian Church. Koko Enrile, congregational evangelist, files his second video report courtesy of ICOC Hot News.
Typhoon Ketsana is slamming into Vietnam and headed for Laos. Churches and individuals are urged to pray and to send financial help as soon as possible. www.hopeww.org
Koko Enrile, lead evangelist of the Metro Manila Christian Church, describes the typhoon disaster and how you can help: 7 missing, many still on their roofs, no power, and one pair of disciples saved 50 lives pulling neighbors out of the floodwaters!
Dozens Die in Phillipines Flooding
Cesar Lopez sent this skype message...
Dear Friends and Family,
Metro Manila was hit by a major typhoon that has caused the worst flood in the history of Manila according to news reports. Koko's house (to left) is under water as well as other families. Please keep them in prayer.