As you are probably aware, Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines last week. According to UNICEF 1.7 million children are believed to be living in the typhoon’s path and more than 10,000 men, women, and children are feared dead. Thousands of children and families are displaced and need help.
Compassion is an important charity organization to me, as longtime readers of this blog know. What you might not know is that one of our family’s Compassion children lives in the Philippines with her family. It is funny how deeply a child’s simple crayon scribbled drawings and wobbly letters on a piece of paper can carve them right into your heart, isn’t it?
My family has been waiting anxiously for any news about Joanna and her family, which understandably will be slow to come as communications are down and there are more urgent needs and higher priorities, such as providing food, shelter, water, and medical care to those who need it.
I’m thankful that there are so many great organizations already in place in this part of the world, that there are those who answer the calls for help when needed. However, as I pray from the comfort and safety of my home, for our Compassion child and her family, and for everyone in the Philippines affected by this devastating storm, it doesn’t seem like I’m doing enough.