The Philippines can’t catch a break. One month after twin typhoons struck the nation, Filipinos are anxiously watching the Taal Volcano, which could erupt “in hours or days” according to the nation’s volcano alert system.
If the volcano does have a major eruption, it would endanger island residents’ lives, water supplies, and power. Such a natural disaster would also disrupt ground and air travel.
The Taal Volcano already had an eruption of ash and lava on January 12. Since then, the volcano continued to spit and sputter and now is at a simmer. But researchers say the danger isn’t over and the volcano remains at a level 4 — the second-highest volcano alert level.
AMG International ministers in the Philippines through child sponsorship, media evangelism, medical care, and supporting national Christian leaders. AMG’s Bill Passons says they are monitoring the situation closely.
“We do have three projects that are…within a 20 or 30-mile radius of the volcano, so we do have some things that have been affected. Right now, most of the effect has been that we’ve had some covering of ash and other things falling from these not-so-minor but not major eruptions yet…. We have not had any major damage to anything at this point, but obviously it’s a concern and we continue to be on alert.”
AMG is also raising funds and leading recovery efforts in response to the recent typhoons.
Christmas Eve’s Typhoon Ursula cut a similar path to Super Typhoon Haiyan from 2013. Many people in Eastern Samar remember Haiyan’s wrath and now must rebuild again.
“Some people that we had helped before as far as rebuilding their houses and livelihoods, their houses were destroyed again,” Passons says. “We’re coming back and reassessing how we can help them again. So that’s ongoing, obviously.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for wisdom as the Philippines monitors the Taal Volcano and considers how to protect its people.
- Ask God to grant AMG the resources and support needed as they respond to these natural disasters.
- Pray for people in the Philippines to find comfort in Christ.