On Saturday, June 23, we left at 2 AM and drove 2 hours south to ride a ferry to Dumaguete. People and vehicles of varied sizes (motorcycle to 18 wheelers) rode. After eating breakfast at Jollibee's (Filipino McDonald's-type restaurant), we took a very rough 3 hour van ride north to La Libertad. We were to visit a tent city that was created because residents had been displaced by a 6.7 magnitude earthquake and resulting rockslide that buried their village in February. A mountainside destroyed the village and the church. The location essentially is a mass grave as most who perished could not be found. We met a 28 year old man who lost 2 children, his wife, both parents, and a grandmother in the catastrophe. Two of his children survived. Caring for his 3 year old daughter makes working nearly impossible. We spent some time encouraging this young man and we were able to pray with him and leaving a love offering.
|Boarding the mother ship. This is the ferry we took to Negros.|
|I took this shot off the stern. This is the view to east of Cebu as we were|
leaving for Negros. None of us noticed the cross reflection of the sun
on the Philippines Sea. I thought this was stunning shot!
|I had hotcakes and coffee at Jolibee|
|The team minus Steve Beevers at the Port of Dumaguete|
|These bridge near the epicenter is still out. The other bridges have been "repaired"|
for one lane of traffic at a time. It was a rough trip physically.
|La Libertad land slide. The back side of these mountain sheared of just|
as the front side did. A church was destroyed on the back of the mountain
and a village on the front.
|Martial law is in place by the Philippine Army to keep order in the tent city.|
|Survivors have set up a make shift market place|
|The man in yellow lost 6 family members in the disaster|
|People are resilient and have begun growing small gardens next to their tents|
|We went away sad that we could not do more to help the people here.|