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Typhoon Ondoy
by: Bro. Jojo Balatbat
date posted: 10/13/2009 7:46:01 AM

Last Sunday (Oct. 4, 2009) a emergency meeting transpired due to typhoon “Ondoy”.  Pastor Shane called the Board and Pastoral Staff  meeting  to pool out resources to extend help to our countrymen.  Pastor Shane is broken hearted when he learned of the sufferings of our countrymen and other countries like Samoa (earthquake) and Indonesia (tsunami). 

Pastor Ma. Eden Roasa will be circulating a solicitation letter to help our country.  For the most part families of Rolim members and Pampanga will be the main recipient.  Pastor Rina Laya listed the names of Rolim members’ relatives affected by the typhoon. Though we would like to help everyone, our resources are limited.  Majority of our help will be forwarded to Pastor Dr. Raymund Tuvera and Dr. Grace Tuvera.  They will be organizing a medical mission.

A garage sale will also be organized after collecting goods that will be selected from donations coming from Rolim members, friends, and visitors.  Everyone is encouraged to be proactive and donate goods.  The primary goal is to send financial aid to all the victims, since goods in kind will reach them a bit later due to shipping time.

Sister Marlyn Balatbat also askedthe help of her employer Novopharm and relayed it to Pastor Shane Torres and sister Luisa Dava.  In collaboration with sister Aida Roque’s employer, Dr. Gupta, requirements and procedures to ship Novopharm’s medical goods to our country is being worked out.  Pastor Tuvera will be the recipient doctor of the shipment.  Let us all pray that this will be a success.  It is now time for Rolim to go out our comfort zone and extend our helping hands to our beloved countrymen.

God’s grace is at hand, since a friend of Pastor Shane by the name of Jesse Carlos handed over to Rolim his monetary donation for Ondoy victims.  Even a co-worker of bro. Jojo expressed his desire to donate.  Rolim leadership will also hand in their donations.

As of this writing another super typhoon “Pepeng”  passed by Philippines and affected Pangasinan (Rosales, Dagupan (31 barangays)),  Nueva Ecija, Benguet and Baguio.  About half of the towns in Pangasinan were flooded.  Farmers were also greatly affected by the flood.  In La Trinidad, Benguet forty (40) people died due to landslides and about 100 are missing.  In Baguio City also five people died due to landslides.  A lot of evacuation centers including Dagupan Astrodome, needs food, water and medicines.  Problems also arosed due to unfair distribution of relief goods.  Some barangays were not reached while others got their share several times.

Let us all continue to prayer for our country.




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