I wish you could feel the emotion in the air. The fear is tangible. The despair is palpable. The estimated death toll of 10,000 could jump—sharply. At least 660,000 people have been displaced. Many have no access to food, water or medicine. Wind gusts of up to 235 mph have completely destroyed the landscape. Rescuers have yet to reach remote parts of the coast. Among these is the town of Guiuan, with a population of 40,000 that was largely destroyed.
I am constantly getting updates of this tragedy. I constantly weep as I read reports and see images of corpses hanging from tree branches and scattered along sidewalks. Looters are raiding grocery stores and gas stations searching for food.
But love will win the day.
At a time like this, I look to the Father heart of God. I am losing sleep on this very intense trip, grieved over the destruction. At the same time, His love for this nation is overwhelming me. All I can think about is how I can make a difference and bring restoration to this beautiful people.
We are a family. This is a personal issue. When the enemy attacks one of us, he attacks all of us. We are near Manila, and this typhoon was coming for us. The team and I could have been hit. We are well, and we will not be silent. We will not cower in fear.
What matters now is answering a simple question: “What does love look like?”
The Philippines needs to see love in action—right now. This nation needs to see Jesus is alive and moving through His people. The government is shaken. The economy is shaken. But the people of God will not be shaken, and we will rise up in love to serve others, love well and be the solution.
Friend, this is an opportunity is for the international community to join hands. It’s time to start a goodness revolution. Let’s put aside our differences, manifest the unity that Jesus prayed for, and come together to pray and sacrificially give.
Would you participate? Can you take action with us?
We are on the ground right now. One hundred percent of the resources will go to the right people. My spiritual son, pastor Paul Yadao, is in relationship with key government leaders here. The Lord has strategically placed him and Destiny Ministries to directly contribute to this nation’s restoration.
God is going to transform the darkness into something that is good for the whole nation. I am 100 percent convinced that when all of this is said and done, these places will look more beautiful than they did before. That’s always how God operates. There is going to be an upgrade for the precious Filipinos. God will fulfill what He has promised for this nation.
We are all weeping and praying and loving. We are locking arms with one another. And all of us want to bring glory to a King and be able to represent heaven on earth. Please pray with us. Please pray for us. Please pray against further destruction. Please pray that the news reports would change from despair and destruction to testimonies of love and the miraculous.
A nation is hanging in the balance. Help us tip the scales.
Leif Hetland wrote this article during a ministry trip to the Philippines on a ministry trip with several members from his Global Mission Awareness team. Leif Hetland is founder and president of Global Mission Awareness. He ministers globally bringing an impartation of God’s love, healing and apostolic authority through a paradigm of kingdom family. A forerunner in modern-day missions, Leif has brought the gospel into the most spiritually dark areas of the world. More than 1 million souls have been saved through his ministry. He has written numerous books, including his best-sellers Seeing Through Heaven’s Eyes and Healing the Orphan Spirit. Leif and his wife, Jennifer, reside just outside Atlanta, Ga., where they continue to touch countless lives through their ministry.You can reach Hetland’s ministry at GlobalMissionAwareness.com.