A Scene I Will Not Soon Forget
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Tonight as I write, I am sitting in front of a TV tuned to CNN. Anderson Cooper is in Tacloban, Phillipines. I just watched him give his satellite phone to a young man who has been trying to find the rest of his family. With that phone, he was finally able to connect with someone, only to find out for certain what he undoubtedly expected after 5 days of searching unsuccessfully… his whole family had perished in the typhoon. That is a scene I will not soon forget.  

Even my most carefully chosen words couldn’t begin to describe the helplessness I feel as the world’s news reporters show the images and describe the scene in the aftermath of that storm. I want to be there to do something - maybe just help someone look for a loved one, put up a tarp, anything… but that’s not possible. Perhaps you feel that same way… a mix of guilt for not being able to do more, and thankfulness that our family was safe and sound.

In this moment, I am so grateful for our partnership with World Concern. They’re working with local churches in the affected area to assess the most urgent and critical needs, and they’re responding accordingly. Even though it might not feel like much, your financial support to the World Concern Typhoon Relief will truly make a difference in the lives of people who have found themselves in one of the most desperate places on earth. To give, click here.

Grace and Peace,

Matt Stockman


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  1. Sara posted on 11/13/2013 04:18 PM
    Thank you for calling attention to my beloved Philippines. It's very heartwarming to know people all over the world are tuned in and praying and giving. The situation is really overwhelming, but we are so thankful for all the help.

    [My family moved back to the Philippines from Seattle 9 years ago, but Spirit 105.3 is still my favorite station thanks to internet streaming. :)]
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