Well, Marissa was looking for excitement and adventure on her mission and she got both this weekend! The largest typhoon of the year hit the Philippines on Saturday and torrential rains continued through Monday. We did not receive a letter from Marissa yesterday due to flooding and power outages caused by Typhoon Usagi--see Fox News article below. Marissa is serving in Santa Rita which is about 28 miles from Subic, the most severely affected area according to the article.
Marissa's mission president posted on Facebook yesterday that he had contacted all of the missionaries and everyone was safe. He posted again today saying that missionaries would be encouraged to email tomorrow after their district meetings and I am very interested to read about Marissa's experience. I am so grateful for the technology that allows President Querido to communicate with the families of his missionaries in such a timely manner. Not so many years ago, families would have waited anxiously for days to receive communication from their missionaries that all was well. Chris mentioned that 30+ years ago when he was on his mission, his family probably would not have even known about a typhoon on the other side of the world! Ha...so true! I guess technology can be a blessing and a curse!
While I am go glad that Marissa and all of the other missionaries are safe, my heart goes out to the Filippino people who have lost everything during this storm....many had so little to begin with. I know the missionaries will have many service opportunities in Usagi's aftermath and hope that the people will feel the love of their Savior through the service that will be rendered so willingly. Be so grateful for your many blessings and keep these sweet, humble people in your prayers!
Monsoon rains worsened by Typhoon Usagi pounded the Philippines for the third day on Monday, causing floods and landslides that left six people dead and others stranded on rooftops, officials said.
Sept. 22, 2013 -- Flooding in the fields near Olongapo City
Flooding at the market
|Sept. 23, 2013 -- The APs and office elders cleaned the muddy driveway of the mission office and home due to the worst flooding ever in Olongapo.|
I think they need bigger buckets!