Typhoon Koppu delivered more than 39 inches of rain in some areas of northeastern part of Luzon Island, Philippines. COP sponsored children reside in several communities which have been ravaged by flooding and landslides.

The storm hit hardest in the Nueva Ecija area, where 134 COP sponsored children live. Nueva Ecija, which recovered from Typhoon Nari a little over one year ago, is at risk of experiencing mud-slides. Several other communities which rely on planting and harvesting rice have sustained flooding as well. Even metro Manila has taken on heavy rains and flooding; we expect to hear more about flooding throughout metro Manila.

We are attempting communication with Dr. Ofelia Viray, director of (Children of Promise) Grace Family Helper Project, to learn about the safety of our sponsored children and their families. The Philippines is the third largest program for Children of Promise with 612 children sponsored. Dr. Paul Maxfield, executive director of Children of Promise, is currently visiting our programs in Thailand, Bangladesh, India, and Nepal.

Let’s be in prayer for all those whose lives have been affected by this slow-moving weather system. We will post updates here and on FaceBook.

(photo courtesy of BBC)