Conflict in Mindanao

May 25, 2017

Jonathan Wilson (Exec. Director, OperationSAFE), Author

I am currently in Manila, waiting for a flight for Mindanao. The president of the Philippines declared martial law on Mindanao where I was supposed to do training starting May 24th. Below is updated information regarding pushing through with the training.

1. After consulting with the leaders in Mindanao they want me to conduct training in Davao and bring the trainees there instead of risking taking me closer to the fighting. (About 5 hours away) Pray for my journey and the training from Saturday until Tuesday.

2. The fighting between rebel groups that align themselves with ISIS and the army has continued the last three days in Marawi, one of the larger cities in Mindanao. Civilians are fleeing the violence toward Iligan. Pray for peace, for a catholic priest and parishioners who were captured and are being used as human shields, and for around 20,000 fleeing to find safety.

3. We have expanded our response to include 7 trainees from Iligan where Nazarene pastors are conducting assessments of the needs of the refugees now. Pray for wisdom and courage for Christian churches to reach out in compassion to largely Muslim refugees.

4. We have immediate need of $4,000 to cover the expansion of the work to meet the current crisis. Pray for our partners the Philippine Children’s Ministry Network who coordinate everything behind the scenes (Ate Fe, Ate Sally, Garicel) and the local network in Mindanao who are already tackling an earthquake response in Surigao. Pray that God would cover ever need of His servants.

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