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Dear friends,

Please take a moment to pray for this urgent request.

As you likely have heard, on Friday Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms in recorded history, decimated parts of the Philippines leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless.

RREACH is in contact with various evangelical leaders in the Philippines and today received a report from Rev. Philip Tarroja, the executive director of the Conservative Baptist Seminary-Asia. Rev. Tarroja later this month was to be officially commissioned as the national director of the Global Pastoral Trainers Congress (GPTC), set to take place in Manila in 2016.

Below is an excerpt from Rev. Tarroja’s report. Please be in prayer for Rev. Tarroja, Bishop Ef Tendero, who serves both as the national director of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches and as national chairman of the GPTC, as well as for other Philippine pastors who are ministering in spite of their own loss and heartache.

Many are still missing and unaccounted for and worse, efforts to bring the supplies (which are coming in abundance), are NOT reaching those direly needing them for reasons beyond our understanding. The Evangelical Church is badly affected as many, really countless among the victims, are our brethren. After 6 days, the situation is NOT easing up. If you are able to watch international news, you won’t miss the pathetic scenario.

I truly appreciate your fervent prayers for us, the Evangelical leadership and our country. May His unfathomable peace and comfort cover us all in this dark hour of our nation.

In His unfailing love and mercy,

Rev. Philip C Tarroja

Dr. Richard, who currently is ministering in Singapore, was scheduled to visit Manila later this month for important meetings regarding the GPTC and to commission Rev. Tarroja and the national team. That trip is now cancelled as all involved turn their focus to the recovery effort. Please continue to pray for the GPTC.

Please also pray for Dr. Richard’s time in Singapore, including the following opportunities that he has to proclaim the Lord Jesus Christ.

Nov. 14-15: Singapore Baptist Convention

Nov. 16: Evangelistic event with business leaders

Nov. 17: Teaching at a church in the morning and speaking at a Pastor’s Appreciation dinner in the evening

For His glory,
Edie Ross
Prayer Coordinator