Typhoon-Weary Filipinos: 'Only God Can Help Us'

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TACLOBAN, Philippines -- It's been a week of desperation, anguish, and anger in the central Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

But even amidst of all the suffering, the people are turning to the Church to make it through these troubled times.

One newlywed Filipino couple, whose lives were turned upside-down by the super-typhoon, said there is no better place for them to be than at church for evening mass.

"We came to pray for our city, our families, and our children," the young bride told CBN News.

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Her husband made it clear that faith in God is all that keeps them going.

"Only God can help us," he said. "The city needs Him."

Meanwhile, international relief agencies face the daunting task of homeless survivors, like Miriam, who is hungry, thirsty, and just days away from giving birth.

She, her husband, and 1-year-old son live in a small shack in the city of Tacloban.

"We're so afraid and panicking that we don't know what to do," she said.

Roads to and from the city are almost impassable with debris, cars, and fallen trees.

As authorities continue to recover the dead, the living are desperately searching for food water and shelter. Some are still looking through the remains of destroyed homes, still searching for the remains of missing loved-ones and belongings.

"In a situation like this, nothing is fast enough," Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said. "The need is massive, the need is immediate, and you can't reach everyone."

Meanwhile, in the storm-ravaged sanctuary of Santo Niño Church, Father Oliver Mazzo encouraged his parishioners to not give up.

"Suffering comes in order for us to realize that earth is not the end of life," he said. "But there is Heaven that we hope for."

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George Thomas

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