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Luzon needs your prayers. Luzon is the name of the island where we live, which includes Metro Manila. Both Monday and Tuesday this week, schools and government offices have been canceled due to flooding caused by monsoon rains. Heavy rain began Sunday evening, letting up Monday afternoon/early evening then continuing to present without letting up for more than an hour. The water was able to recede Monday afternoon/evening, but the heavy rains beginning Monday evening have wreaked havoc. Our neighborhood and the school where Betsy teaches lie high in the mountains so the rain flowed down and away without affecting our home or Betsy's school. However, the areas where we shop, where Alex works, and the surrounding rural provinces experienced flooding. Water swelled into homes and businesses. Last we heard, the death toll was at 7, with 11 wounded and 4 missing. The state weather agency issued a red level alert because of flooding in low-lying areas and because of the amount of rain expected per hour. As the river and flood waters converge, some residents move to their roofs to avoid being trapped in their homes. Over 50 streets in the area are impassable. Pray the storm will move on. Pray for hope. Pray for comfort. Pray for provision. Pray for people to know Jesus more. "...Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them. You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you..." Psalm 32: 6-8

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