Thank You for all Your Prayers and Assistance

July 9, 2011

Dear friends and prayer partners,

Thank you for all your prayers and assistance to our members and attenders who were hit by the flash flood on the night of June 28, 2011. Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity. For sure that means a lot already for the families who are trying to recover from their loss and the trauma caused by the flood.

We took turns in going to the flooded place to bring food and help in any way. Cathy also did some shopping for their immediate needs. The members gave some gifts and relief stuff – cash, clothing, kitchen wares, etc.

Our deacon and I went to their place again Sunday afternoon (July 3) after church to bring some stuff – mats, blankets, pillows, towels, mosquito nets, etc. – which they said they need. They told us that some of them were sleeping on towels the previous nights. Hopefully with some financial assistance you're going to send we could buy some mattress and extra blankets to keep them warm in the coming days.

The cleaning of the house is not yet done. Besides, the rain keeps on coming almost every night, causing them to worry at times. Anyway, one of the church members who live closest to them has hosted some of the children and women in their place. This church member has been blessed with a hut by their house and so it was just perfect for some flood victims to have some privacy. The church member also offered to lend one of their cars to the families flooded to be used during the aftermath of the flood.

I could see that the brethren in the church are responding so well in terms of helping the affected families. Our denomination and the UCRCP in San Carlos City in Pangasinan have sent cash already to help the family. We'll keep you updated of the situation here. Another friend from the US also sent us some assistance for the families. Thank you so much once again for taking the time to pray and gather some help for our church and our church members. I really appreciate your effort.

The families are actually planning to move to a safer place and they are thinking of buying a lot, where they could build a new house. Just several nights ago the river near their place overflowed because of heavy rain and the water has reached their floor again. They're having some trauma, especially when it's raining hard or there's a thunderstorm which is normal in Davao City at this time of the year.

Thank you so much for your concern and assistance. May the Lord continue to bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you!

By His grace,

Pastor Vic Bernales


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