As most have already heard, a cyclone hit Myanmar on Saturday. Many of you are writing to ask if we have heard anything from our orphanages. The majority of the orphanages we support are in Northern Myanmar, and they have been unaffected. We have been receiving emails from them, and as far as we can tell, everyone is fine there.
We also have about 10 orphanages in Yangon (closer to the coast), and we have not heard from any of them yet. According to the news reports, the power is down in Yangon. Please keep them in your prayers! When we hear anything we will post it here.
We just got this letter from one of our Burmese friends who was not in Yangon at the time of the cyclone:
I am writing to you in the most precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
It is so sad to hear that the devastrating cyclone on last Saturday killed at least 4,000 people and over 100,000 people are left homeless and are without drinking water and food in Rangoon [Yangon] and Arrawaddy Delta regions, Burma. All the power lines and telecommunications are cut off. Several houses were destroyed. The area where my parents live and where I did the evangelic ministry in Rangoon [Yangon] is one of the lowest level and of the poorest living conditions. I could not contact my family thus far. I’m so concerned and worried about the family and thousands of our neighborhoods in the area. This natural disaster could be the worst within the last 50 years in Burma. I can’t help but my spirit cries and my souls groans for our people. Please do pray for our poor people in Burma.