Prayers Needed for Flooding in Thailand

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze (Isaiah 43:1-3).

Maybe you’ve heard about the flooding that’s been happening in Thailand during the past weeks.  It’s the worst flooding that Thailand has experienced in more than 50 years.  At least 60 of the 77 provinces have been significantly impacted by flooding during the past two months.  Nearly 300 people have been killed and 8.2 million more have been affected.  The flooding is already causing a big problem for the Thai economy.

The flood waters have been moving steadily from the northern provinces toward Bangkok.  Just 40 miles north of here some areas have had water nearly 10 feet deep.  A few hours ago we received reports that flood waters are less than 25 miles from us.  Within the next few days flooding is expected to reach our part of Bangkok.  Our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) building, the homes of the LHMT director and staff, the Concordia Welfare and Education Foundation office, Concordia Into Light Lutheran Church and the Into Light Center where the English outreach program is held (and where the two long term volunteers, Robin McCoy and David Pfeifer) live are all located in this area. 

As a precaution, we’re trying to move furniture, equipment and supplies from the first floor to the second floor of each building.  Unfortunately, we aren’t able to move some items, like refrigerators, washers and dryers and large furniture pieces…not to mention cars.  

Please pray for the large number of Thai people who are suffering because of these floods.  Many have lost their jobs and their homes.  Also, please pray for God’s grace, protection and provision for all of us here during the next two weeks.  As soon as possible, we’ll post updates on the flooding.

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