Last week, we had our Missions Week at the seminary (Holy Light Theological Seminary or HLTS). We had a rummage sale and an offering box for those who would like to help. We decided to send our gifts to the Philippines to help with the Free Methodist people and friends who were affected by the Super Typhoon Haiyan. We were able to raise a little over one thousand US dollars.
What could this little amount do for such a big need in the Philippines? How can a small gift help people who went through a tragic devastation such as a Super Typhoon and are still experiencing the trauma and suffering in the aftermath of this destruction and calamity?
Last week, one of the Pastors wrote me and mentioned the need for sponsoring the Christmas gifts for the children of families who have experienced the power of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Right away, I said yes. Our gift from HLTS will be enough to sponsor 500 children and make this Christmas a little memorable and meaningful despite the sadness and suffering brought by this natural calamity.
My prayer is that God will multiply our gifts and use that small amount to bring joy and peace to the children of Tacloban City and Ormoc City. It is Missions Week here in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, but it will be Christmas soon in the Philippines. Even as I write this, a team of Pastors from the Free Methodist Church from Butuan City are going to the affected areas in Tacloban City and its vicinity and handing out gifts to the children in that area. God is great!