Baptist Global Response
This Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for beauty amidst destruction, jokes and laughs to break up the scenes of destruction and a Thanksgiving dinner with missionaries, Filipinos believers and volunteers.
“Whereas, some of the other families have men at home who can help them rebuild their homes, the widows, in particular, are, I would say, in the most difficult situation,” Margaret Bricker said.
Monday, a Filipino woman in Salag, a village on Cebu Island, showed her household’s food supply to Baptist Global Response (BGR) team members. She had nothing but a quarter kilogram of lentils and a little bit of rice to feed her family of five.
The aquamarine waters around the island are pristine. Looking out from the beach, you see a tropical paradise, the kind of holiday destination found in a Lonely Planet guide. The government developed the southern part of Gibitngil Island into a Swiss Family Robinson-style vacation resort, calling it “Funtastic Island.”
Despite all the trauma Filipinos have suffered in the aftermath of the Nov. 7 typhoon, the majority of people still smile, laugh and joke.