“Her family is trapped in their house with no food.”
“She was sent to the hospital and had a miscarriage. She was 6 months along.”
“Within 15 minutes the area was flooded. It resulted in forced evacuation.”
As it’s stated in the news worldwide, the Philippines is going through one of its worst tropical depressions. I’ve always heard about Typhoon Ondoy from 2009 and all the devastation it left behind. Apparently this current situation is worse. It has been raining nonstop for 11 days and it didn’t hit me until this past Tuesday when my family’s driver said their roof blew off and the rain was beating down hard. Soon afterwards update and prayer texts came in from people all over and posts on Facebook and Twitter flooded my computer screen.
I’ve seen and read the two sides of this calamity. There’s the funny “only in the Philippines” side of photos of Filipinos diving into muddy water as their swimming pool and water bottles being tied to pets so they can float. Then there’s the serious grabe side of stories of families being trapped in their homes and pictures of 12+ meters of flooding water. Whatever the side may be, the one thing I take notice is the unity of Filipinos. Times like these are when Filipinos really come together to help each other out. Malls are being used as refugee areas and organizations and churches are taking in food, clothing, and other necessities for those who lost/are losing their possessions.
By God’s grace my family and our home is safe with electricity and all. We had the opportunity to medically assist the evacuees at Blue Ridge. I swear, you really don’t realize what’s happening until you visually witness it first hand. Near the barangay at the basketball court there is more than 50 people of all ages (6 months to 80 years old) with their valuables stocked and piled high. Some were sleeping in wet clothes on cardboard boxes. My mom is a huge blessing since she is a nurse; she used her God given skills and knowledge to assist more than 30 people. What’s even better is seeing my family pray for each patient after they were seen. Even through this troubling time God is working!!!
These kids really put a smile on my face. As they were bearing uncomfortable situations, they came up to me and of all things asked questions about me- my life, family, and school. Mind you, I don’t speak much Tagalog which they knew, but the conversations that we had were smiling ones. I could not sense a hint of worry or scare. They were just there with their friends making the best out of the situation.
So now everyone is praying hard that this rain will move out fast and soon. It’s still off and on and when it’s on it’s so strong it makes my hair stand up especially knowing that there are people out there in the middle of it. Apparently there’s a second typhoon coming our way, too. But knowing that God is in control and watching over this country is calming. Jehovah Jireh. He will provide. Please continue to pray for the Philippines and for its people. The Filipinos above are just a small percentage of those who need help. #PrayforthePhilippines
“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the seawere hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.” Psalm 107: 28-31