“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor”.
After the Devastating effect of Typhoon Lando in Aurora Province, Medical Ambassadors Philippines (MAP) and Care Caravan committed to pray and extended relief distribution to Sitio Singawan, Umiray Aurora, MAP’s ministry area for 3 years now. 1100 food packs were provided by Care Caravan, MAP staff delivered and distributed goods. Also, there were clothes and packs of rice donated by Mrs. Jo Solis Soberano, MAP’s BOT Secretary and Mrs. Adoracion Darlucio, former MAP Staff. Vice Mayor of Dingalan provided us a closed van to transport the relief goods from Manila to Umiray.
At 4AM, the team of Ptr. Ray, Tess, Nathan, Melvin, Ptr. Lito and Kuya Ernie of CGM started rolling with their vehicle. The most affected road was in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija where in riprap of side bridge eroded. Landslide covered the rice fields and vegetable plantation, some parts of the highway was broken and still flooded and the remnant of houses washed away by the landslide were still visible. 2 P.M we were at the junction of the bulging Umiray River and Pacific Ocean.
The relief goods were transferred to the waiting 7 motorized bangcas to bring it to the mountain where the Dumagat Village was located. 7 P.M we were in a convoy of bancas traversing the strong current uphill the Umiray River. We stopped at the riverbank of Singawan were people in the community were waiting for us. Everyone helped and the goods were brought to the school site by a carabao driven wooden sledge. When everything is in place, we were treated with a hot dinner, dead tired, we spent the night in a school room. Once again the spirit of “Filipino Bayanihan” was strongly alive.
As early as 7AM the next day, the team was preparing the distribution of the relief goods. Most of the village people were in a big classroom where we started the orientation, shared the gospel and lead them in prayer. After which, people lined up in the hallway with their food stubs to claim the goods. People as far as the Sitio Pulang Bato, Dugyan, Pinamaypayan and Singawan bravely beat the heavy rain and muddy trail came to receive a portion of the relief goods.
The event was tiring but rewarding, as we saw the smiles of the village people upon receiving the blessings from the Lord. I personally ministered to the pastors who came and challenged them to continue the task of reaching out people for the Lord in spite of their situation.
After our late lunch, we decided to travel back to Umiray for safety as the water continuously rise because of the heavy rains. Though nervous, we bravely swade the bulging water and strong current of the river until we reached the ferry station safe and sound. After debriefing and merienda in Umiray, we headed back to Manila. The air-conditioned vehicle made our trip a bit comfortable. We reached Manila by 3 A.M Sunday morning.
In all these, we are thankful that the name of the Lord was magnified through this ministry of “touching lives in Jesus’ name”.
All glory to Him alone!
Ptr.Ray and Tess Calupig