NEWS FROM OUR ASIA/PACIFIC MINISTRIES
The Japan Advent Christian Conference held its annual meeting on November 4, 2019 at Uenoshiba Church in Sakai City, Osaka. Below is a photo of their delegates:
Philippines – Earthquakes hit the island of Mindanao on October 16, 29, 31 and November 2. Thankfully, as far as we know, no Advent Christian church or member was harmed.
Oro Bible College Director Nely Gamayon wrote to us that two OBC staff members (Minda Lipanta and Regelyn Dilag) were at a Cagayan de Oro mall on October 16 having dinner on the top floor with the returning interns when the earthquake (four magnitude) shook the city. The mall was immediately closed and customers were ushered outside via the emergency exit. Praise God all were safe.
On October 29, the OBC board of directors was about to begin their meeting when again there was an earthquake. They quickly evacuated the building and waited for the quaking to stop. The electrical connections of the OBC administration building are old and earthquakes can cause the electrical installations to move, creating fires. Thank God this did not occur and there was no damage.
The areas most affected were in Cotabato and Davao del Sur. Buildings were badly damaged and declared not fit for occupancy. Some hospitals, hotels and government buildings were destroyed in Davao and Cotabato.
Those who were affected by the earthquakes need help with food and basic necessities. They are now displaced and staying in tents because their homes were destroyed. Please pray for them.
India – We have been asking for prayer in the International Prayer Network for months now for the water situation in Chennai and, in particular, the YJM staff who live on the Compound at Guindy. India Consultant Ernie Schache reports that over the past couple of weeks, several low-pressure troughs formed over the Bay of Bengal and brought light-to-medium rainfall for short periods on several occasions – nothing like monsoon rains, but sufficient to raise the water-table level. This is one of the very few times in the last 70 years or more that the well on the compound has been dry. After three meters of water (steady rain for about five hours), the deep bore-well was again able to pump continuously. Praise and thank the Lord for his answers to our prayers! The steady rain on Wednesday morning could mean that the monsoon rains have arrived – please pray that this will be the case and that Chennai’s 11 million residents will soon be able to just turn on a tap to get water.
Myanmar – In response to donations recently sent to help with orphan care, Pastor Joseph, Conference President of the Advent Christian Conference of Myanmar, writes:
We [four ministry leaders who lead the AC Conference in Myanmar] wish to acknowledge with thanks your thoughtful donation to us through International Missions Director Jeff Walsh. Words cannot express our thanks and gratefulness for all who have extended their help to us, for which we have nothing to give you in return, but pray that God will bless you abundantly and keep you in his loving care.
We so appreciate each and every gift you offer up. It is your gift that will change the lives of Myanmar.