Praying for the Philippines
Please see below for the prayer poem that Ros and I have composed: a prayer of yearning from a woman on her knees in the province of Leyte on behalf of her storm struck nation.
At extremely short notice, Sally brilliantly scoured for royalty free illustrations and turned our words into a work of art. With Colin’s help we have set it to Grieg’s beautiful Solveigh’s Song from the Peer Gynt Suite, which we recorded last March, with Andrew Whettam on the marimba, his wife Rebecca playing the cello part and Grace Lee the violin. Please do make good use of this presentation in your homes churches and fellowships.
Pointers for Prayer for the Philippines
May the Lord lead you on beyond where the music stops to pray for the whole breadth of the relief work in the Philippines, and for the work of the Spirit in the islands. Operation World makes it clear that the Philippines are awash with sects and cults that blend Christian ideas with all manner of false teachings. Most of these feature ‘highly controlling and manipulative leadership and teachings. ray for wrong teaching and emphases to be exposed and corrected, and for effective Christian ministry to the millions caught within these groups.’
May the Lord use this storm to bring depth and unity in the Church ans He did some decades ago through the earthquake in Romania. There are over 2,000 registered religious denominations, not including hundreds of unregistered cults and sects. Too often, these divisions reflect schisms, or unhealthy and authoritarian leadership patterns, the results of which have all too often been a lack of fellowship with other groups, erroneous beliefs, a syncretistic worldview and superficiality.
Through this time of intense distress and convulsion may many things change in the long term for the better.