mission team visited the
Taal Volcano eruption
evacuees last January 24 to distribute the food items donated by the students and employees of PH Christian School in Manila and Antipolo. Though the road is not fully passable during that time but the authorities allowed us to enter some roads covered by ashfalls. Along the way, our hearts were aching for the people waving their hands trying to stop us asking for food.
Meeting the children at the evacuation was also heartbreaking for us. Sadness and fear are still obvious in their faces. Their stories how they managed to get to the evacuation areas and how the event changed their lives was indeed very touching. Leaving everything behind and not knowing what will happen to them each day. The government supply of food and water is not enough. They were provided blankets but no pillows and mats. The evacuation center is crowded and uncomfortable. Their health is at stake that they would be needing medicines and vitamins too. We know what we brought them can only help for a day or two and they needed more. So we prayed for them and ask God for His provisions and blessings.
We finished our distribution before dark time. Leaving the evacuation center, we notice a box of bread and noodles undistributed. Despite the rain (with ashes) we took the steep path where the waving people were (we saw earlier). An old woman told us that she was praying hard since morning for food and she would not go home without something for her little children and so she stayed until dark time for anyone that God would use to answer her prayers. What a faith!