Here are my favorite collection of photographs I took when we visited my family and friends in the Philippines two months after the typhoon.
I was not there when it happened but I will never forget the agony of waiting to hear my family. It took many days. When I finally hear my brother’s voice to inform me that they were all okay, I couldn’t compose myself, I was overjoyed.
Blessings to those who are relentlessly moving on despite what they’ve been through.
To my Aunt Nelly, who are not found, we will always remember you. You raised two beautiful children and are great parents to your grand-babies.
My heart is full of gratitude to countries, organizations, volunteers, missionaries, neighbors, brothers and sisters, even strangers who become friends who reached out to give help.
What would life be if we are living alone? How can one survive amidst turmoil?
Truly, life is not about ourselves. It was proven during that time. Help was pouring out.
God created us for a reason and that is to please Him no matter what situation we are/were in.
Thank you greatly for serving my fellow Filipinos that time of need. Your work won’t go in vain.
Matthew 25:40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me
If you have the desire in your heart to help here are few organizations in the Philippines you can check out:
1) Center for Change is a community where orphans and children at risk get to be housed, clothed, educated and cared for. Each child lives in a house with a House parent who care for the children in a home environment. Check their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Center-for-Change-Leyte-Philippines/558752047533556?sk=info or this website: http://www.globaldevelopment.org.au/
2) Arms of Love Children’s Home is a ministry that provide long-term care for orphaned, abandoned, and abused children in a family environment. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/52362210938/ or website: www.armsoflove.org
2 Corinthians 9:7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Proverbs 23:18 Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Isaiah 55:12 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Click here if you like to see images of devastation After the Super Typhoon Haiyan: https://www.flickr.com/photos/chellegeisel/sets/72157640611689965/
P.S We can always choose to hope and believe even after an unthinkable disaster. It was sad but being able to spend time with the family and see the people moving on was a great visit and inspiring, most importantly you witness God’s grace which is enough for them to be able to accept the change and get their life back on track.