Navigators Face Devastating Storm in the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms in recorded history, has left thousands of people in the Philippines hungry or homeless. Some news reports say that approximately 2,000 have died. That number is likely to rise. 

 
Many people in the Navigator ministry in the Philippines have been affected by the storm. (There are no American Navigator staff working in the country.) The International Executive Team is requesting ongoing prayer for our brothers and sisters there. Starting today, and in the coming weeks, we will post updates to this website about the situation. 
 
As of November 13, Navigator country leaders are organizing the evacuation of Navigator staff and associates who live and work in the hardest hit regions. Navigators in less affected parts of the country will provide housing for these evacuees. It may not be possible for these evacuated families to return to their devastated towns and cities for months. 
 
Sadly, two Navigator alumni learned that they each had six relatives die in the storm. One Navigator and his elderly mother-in-law managed to get out of Tacloban, the worst-hit city, on a military plane. However, Navigator staff report that he was forced to leave his wife and children behind at the airport. Please pray that this family will be reunited quickly and safely. Most, if not all, communication systems are down in the area, a factor that will make it harder for people to be reunited.
 
Other members of the Navigator family near Tacloban are living in makeshift shelters after their houses were destroyed. Several Navigator teams are traveling into the area to help with rescue efforts. They will also deliver food, medicine and water to residents of these ruined cities. Please pray for the safety of these teams as they serve those around them in the name of Jesus.
 
If you would like to make a donation to assist the Navigators in the Philippines, please click here. That will take you to the “Philippine Navs Assistance” account. The International Executive Team will administrate the finances for this assistance effort. 
 
If you have any questions, please contact Glenn McMahan, International Communications Specialist, at this address: glenn.ilc.communications@gmail.com. Thank you for your prayers and support!
 

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