A catastrophe is often God’s opportunity to pour out His grace. The staggering losses sustained by the people of the Philippines during the deadly destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan are deeply disturbing from a human perspective.
But it is encouraging to recognise that there are new doors swinging open for God’s Word as a direct result of this disaster. There are opportunities for the gospel to enter and impact needy areas as the tangible display of God’s love embraces hurting, struggling people through providing relief.
Missionary pilot Steffan Pyle expresses how he has seen God using relief efforts to open hearts:
“A village I flew for was closed to the gospel in the past.