Pray for Mindanao

zamboanga 1 - CopyBy Pastor Glem Melo

  • Despite of truce announcements, heavy armed clashes continue between government forces and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Zamboanga City.
  • Rebels continue to hold at least 100 hostages.
  • At least 52 people have been killed and 56 wounded.
  • A total of 62,329 have been displaced.

Zambonga-evacuation

Please pray.

1. Christians are caught in the crossfire. Open Doors reports:

The rebels attacked a community that was 550 yards away from a church that ministered to Sama and Tausug believers from a Muslim background. Seven communities had reportedly been besieged and about 800 people evacuated and sought refuge in the grandstands. But believers from a Muslim background belonging to the Sama tribe remained trapped in the towns of Rio Hondo, Arena Blanco, Mampang, and Talon-Talon. Reports from the ground indicated that the believers were held hostage by the MNLF, if not stranded. “They have gone without food for two days now,” said a local source, a Christian worker in the area, unnamed for security reasons. “MNLF has held hostage a local church.” Open Doors heard of two out of 10 Sama believers and their families evacuating safely out of Rio Hondo, a coastal village south of Zamboanga City. In the meantime, Tausug believers in Sta. Catalina, a nearby village, were also displaced, while a number of Muslim Background Believers were hurt from stray bullets and shrapnel.

Ask the Lord to protect them and use them as light and witnesses to rebels and their fellow victims.

2. Churches and ministries in the area are serving the refugees. Basic needs are lacking. Please pray that the Lord would provide relief goods and other necessities.

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About Glem Melo

I am a believer and follower of Christ, happily married, and have 3 wonderful kids. I am the founder and CEO of Open Eyes Mission, under the care of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) Chicago Metro Presbytery, pastoral intern at Faith Church in Dyer, Indiana, and studying Master of Divinity at Mid-America Reformed Seminary. The Bible teaches that God is real, man is sinful, hell is real, and Jesus is our only hope of salvation. I believe these truths with all of my heart, and I hope to help others learn of them as well. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16) May God give you grace and peace. Glimar "Glem" Melo www.glemmelo.com www.openeyesmission.org
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2 Responses to Pray for Mindanao

  1. Reblogged this on Glimar | Glem | Melo and commented:

    Heavy armed clashes continue in Zamboanga. Christians are caught in the crossfire. Please pray.

  2. Reblogged this on KAGAY-AN REFORMED CHURCH and commented:
    Heavy armed clashes continue in Zamboanga. Christians are caught in the crossfire. Please pray.

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