Friday, October 16, 2009

Safe in God's Hands

Many of you have heard the news of the widespread disasters here in the Philippines. The needs are so many but we wanted to assure everyone God has protected our family. We are all fine and the flooding and landslides have not directly affected the municipality of Bontoc. The typhoons have, however, hit the country hard and brought great tragedies. Even as I sit and type this we are under the affects of quite possibly another typhoon.

While many have lost their lives and their homes, we have only small issues to deal with. We went 5 days without any water. Landslides damaged the source and piping. After we had used up our stored water, Thomas was carrying up a daily portion from the water tank in the yard. Fortunately we did not need to refill that tank before water was restored. We had water for 3 days but this morning, water stopped flowing again. We do not know if this is just one of the common outages or whether it will be for another long duration.

We were without electricity for 8 days, just getting power late this morning. Our internet has been in and out since the electricity was restored.

The numerous landslides have made it difficult to impossible to get in or out of Bontoc. One road has been opened, but now the 6 hour trip to Baguio is a 12-15 hour adventure. No mail is going out or coming in. Supplies are few and prices continue to climb.

We thank everyone for their prayers and ask you to continue to pray for everyone in the Philippines.


  1. You are in my prayers.

  2. Nat & Shirley WoffordOctober 16, 2009 at 10:16 PM

    We, and the entire Crossroads team, are so very very grateful! God bless you guys as you continue to minister to the Mountain Province population . . .
    We love you all,
    Shirley, Nat & Natalie

  3. You are in my thoughts and prayers daily!!

  4. Your Cornerstone family is praying for you as you serve those in great need.

  5. Glad you guys are all right, we're praying for you guys. Let us know if there is anything we can actually do.

  6. I was so relieved when I got Nat and Shirley's email comfirming that you were safe. You are in my prayers as you continue your ministry there. Love, Emerald