Pray for Mosul’s Christians Fleeing in Terror

People who fled from the violence in Mosul walk inside the Khazer refugee camp on the outskirts of the Kurdish city of Arbil. Hundreds of Christian families abandoned homes in Mosul to jihadist gunmen as they fled an ultimatum threatening their community’s centuries-old presence in the northern Iraqi city. Reuters

People who fled from the violence in Mosul walk inside the Khazer refugee camp on the outskirts of the Kurdish city of Arbil. Hundreds of Christian families abandoned homes in Mosul to jihadist gunmen as they fled an ultimatum threatening their community’s centuries-old presence in the northern Iraqi city. Reuters

By Pastor Glem Melo

“Terrified Christians flee Iraq after having their doors marked by ISIS.”

Bushra (centre right) rests with her husband and family members in the shadow of a building in Iraq's Kurdistan region. They walked from their farm near Mosul to a checkpoint near the Kurdistan region's Erbil city. The family fled with almost no belongings. (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)

Bushra (centre right) rests with her husband and family members in the shadow of a building in Iraq’s Kurdistan region. They walked from their farm near Mosul to a checkpoint near the Kurdistan region’s Erbil city. The family fled with almost no belongings. UNCHR

So Australia’s ABC News Online announces the desperate plight of our Christian brothers and sisters in Mosul. The brief report reads,

ISIS militants have imposed Sharia law on the city of Mosul, where Christians have lived since not long after the death of Christ. Last week the fundamentalists gave people 24 hours to leave Mosul or convert to Islam and pay a tax. ISIS militants have been going around Mosul marking the doors of Christian homes red. Some reports suggest that, with the alternative being death, the last Christians have now left the city. But that’s impossible to confirm.

Refugees of the Islamic State’s self-imposed sharia rest at a local shelter. Haidar Hamdani. AFP

Refugees of the Islamic State’s self-imposed sharia rest at a local shelter. AFP/Haidar Hamdani

Most Mosul Christians fled to the autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports,

The exodus from Mosul, which began earlier this week, follows massive displacement this year in the western Iraqi governorate of Anbar, where fighting since January has forced some half-a-million people to flee the province or seek shelter in safer areas. Local authorities say that as a result of the new outflows from Mosul a further 300,000 additional people have arrived in the past days.

Iraq refugees were seen fleeing Mosul on Thursday en route to the self-ruled northern Kurdish region, as they walk past an area in Irbil, Iraq, 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Baghdad. AP

Iraq refugees were seen fleeing Mosul on Thursday en route to the self-ruled northern Kurdish region, as they walk past an area in Irbil, Iraq, 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Baghdad. AP

Please pray for our Christian brothers and sisters from Mosul. Ask the Lord to move His people worldwide to provide for their needs, especially that of the children.

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Time, Space and Gospel-Feast Preaching

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By Pastor Glem Melo

I heard a great sermon preached last Sunday. It was most definitely a Gospel feast.

IMG_0954I said that to the pastor after the service. Then I went looking for his dear wife and told her, “Whatever it was that you have been doing to give him abundant peace and space and time, keep doing that.”

It does take abundant peace, space and time to be able to dig out Gospel treasures from a passage of Scripture, and serve a feast of God’s life-giving word each Lord’s Day. Therefore, pastors’ wives, pastors’ children, church elders, deacons and members, give your preacher just that. It’s one of the greatest service that you can render to Christ and His cause in a world where peace, space and time are rare commodities.

Sufferings Because of Philippine Typhoons Continue

Typhoon victims stand outside their homes damaged by Typhoon Rammasun (locally named Glenda) in a village of sea gypsies, also known as Badjaos, in Batangas city, south of Manila, July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Typhoon victims stand outside their homes damaged by Typhoon Rammasun (locally named Glenda) in a village of sea gypsies, also known as Badjaos, in Batangas city, south of Manila, July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

By Pastor Glem Melo

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A family in Lipa, Batangas rebuild their house after it was blown away by the strong winds of Typhoon Glenda. (Rappler.com)

Jay Hallowell, missionary of OMF International, posted the following on Facebook:

“Life is not yet back to normal for many after Typhoon Glenda/Rammasun… Some still have no electricity. Others are only getting electricity for part of the day… Damage reports from the networks of churches with which we work are still trickling in. There are many opportunities for good works and good words… Please pray for our Lord to strengthen His people here for these works and words.”

A woman hangs newly laundered clothes at a damaged house after Typhoon Rammasun battered the town for two days, in Rosario, Cavite city, south of Manila July 18, 2014. REUTERS

A woman hangs newly laundered clothes at a damaged house after Typhoon Rammasun battered the town for two days, in Rosario, Cavite city, south of Manila July 18, 2014. REUTERS

The death toll nears 100. Quezon province is reported to be the worst hit area. We continue to communicate and plan ways to help victims. Please continue praying for our suffering people, especially for local pastors and workers who are reaching out and ministering God’s love to affected families and children in word and in deed.

New Philippine Tropical Storm Update

Track of Tropical Storm Matmo (Henry)

Track of Tropical Storm Matmo (Henry)

By Pastor Glem Melo

We thank the Lord that the new Tropical Storm Matmo (Henry) has moved eastward and is not going to make a landfall in the Philippines. But please do keep praying for our country. Thousands are still struggling and suffering in the aftermath of typhoon Rammasun (Glenda). The death toll is now at least 64. And the southwest monsoon enhanced by Matmo is causing added problems and miseries to affected areas.

Rammasun chinaLet us also remember to pray for Rammasun-affected areas in China. Accuweather.com reports,

Rammasun brought widespread winds of over 100 mph and caused wind damage to the Leizhou Peninsula. Damaging winds will also be possible across southern Guangdong and Guangxi Provinces Friday night in China as well as northern Vietnam late Friday night into Saturday. Flooding rain, mudslides and coastal storm surge will also be risks associated with Rammasun.

In wrath, may the Lord remember mercy (Habakkuk 3:2).

[Updated] Typhoon Rammasun’s Aftermath

Fishing boats are pictured amid heavy winds and rain brought by Typhoon Rammasun as it hit the town of Imus

By Pastor Glem Melo

  • 7 areas placed under a state of calamity: the provinces of Bataan, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Cavite, the city of Muntinlupa and Gumaca town in Quezon
  • Death toll is at least 51
  • 4 missing
  • More than 1 million individuals or 1,006,360 people were affected
  • Tens of thousands lost their homes and livelihood
  • Hundreds of thousands without power
  • 525,791 persons in evacuation centers
  • New tropical storm Matmo (Henry) is forecast to hit the country on Saturday
Children take a break inside an evacuation center after strong winds brought by Typhoon Rammasun battered the coastal bay of Baseco compound, metro Manila July 16, 2014.  REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Children take a break inside an evacuation center after strong winds brought by Typhoon Rammasun battered the coastal bay of Baseco compound, metro Manila July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

We are in consultation with pastors and ministry leaders on the field. Please pray as we plan to help and serve our suffering people.

“We remember also all who suffer from physical dangers, temptation, doubts, illness of mind or body, financial distress and especially those who are near death. May the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ your Son refresh them in their trials and give them the grace to bear the difficulties you send them for their good. Give also to us the grace to share in their suffering and provide for their needs as we are able. Comfort, we pray, all widows and orphans and be to them a father.” – Prayers for Church and Family Life (United Reformed Churches in North America)

Pray for the Philippines

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Typhoon Rammasun is now packed with maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 185 kph.

Typhoon aftermath in Polangui, Albay. Photo from www.facebook.com

Typhoon aftermath in Polangui, Albay. Photo from http://www.facebook.com

By Pastor Glem Melo

Once again, our beloved nation needs the prayers of Christian brothers and sisters worldwide. Please do so.

As I write, the northern and some central provinces of our country is being battered by a typhoon that is equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane. Three (3) province have already been placed under a state of calamity: Albay, Camarines del Norte, and Camarines del Sur. The typhoon is blowing off roofs, toppling trees and electric poles, and flooding villages. In Albay alone, more than 320,000 have been evacuated.

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Signal No. 3 has been hoisted in 18 provinces, 4 islands and Metro Manila

The Weather Channel reports,

Typhoon Rammasun (also known as Glenda in the Philippines) has undergone a last-minute spike in intensity while making its first landfall in the Philippines Tuesday. The typhoon will continue to move west across that island nation through Wednesday, bringing a dangerous combination of damaging winds, flooding rainfall, and storm surge.

Rammasun is the strongest typhoon to landfall in the Philippines since Super Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the central Philippines eight months ago. The eyewall of Rammasun is staying north of the area devastated from Super Typhoon Haiyan, including the city of Tacloban… Over 2,100 people, many of whom still living in tents after Haiyan, were evacuated to the Tacloban Astrodome, given the wind forecast.

In Legazpi, the provincial capital of Albay, storm chaser James Reynolds posted the following on Twitter:

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According to netizens who filmed its onslaught, the typhoon was “as mad as hell”. You can view their videos here.

Please pray for the Philippines.

Expanding our Network of Mission Partners

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Prayer Breakfast in Virginia Beach

By Pastor Glem Melo

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With the officers of the Foreign Missions Committee of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC)

Recently, I have been privileged to share on the vision, accomplishments and ministry expansion plans of Open Eyes Mission to a prayer group in Virginia Beach, VA, U.S.A.

So far, I have visited and conducted meetings with pastors and leaders in 16 churches and 9 ministry organizations in 8 American states. My goal is to establish contact, visit and meet with the leaders of at least 4 more churches and 2 more ministry organizations.

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With ministers of the United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA) in the East Coast of the United States.

Please pray for my continuing efforts to promote missions, and mobilize churches, ministries and individuals to pray, support and be active contributors in advancing the cause of Bible Training, Church Planting and Mercy Ministries from Mindanao (Philippines) to the Middle East for God’s glory and kingdom.

For more pictures of my official visit and meetings with pastors and leaders in the United States, please view our mission’s Facebook albums here.

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