Pastor Francisco "Jun" Romawac Jr.
This past month was very
different and difficult for us. We experienced the super typhoon
Yolanda which brought widespread misery and destruction to the
people of Eastern Visayas. But we still praise His holy name!
In spite of what happened, my wife Nel and I maintained our joy
by adopting God's perspective regarding this trial. We yield to
the working of His Holy Spirit in our lives so that these difficulties
will not overwhelm us.
We gathered together to praise and thank God for sparing us from
any harm. We offered a prayer of thanksgiving to God specifically
for extending our lives. I cannot explain the damage that was
done nor the fear and trauma brought about by such a storm.
My wife Nel who was in Leyte at the time was literally in the
centre of the storm, with the strong winds slapping her in the
face and the heavy downpour of the rain. She survived by climbing
to the top of the wall of her auntie's house - the other walls
were ruined and there was no longer any roof overhead. When she
looked around, all she could see was the rapidly rising waters.
Houses were destroyed and the trees were no longer standing erect.
Our house, including our personal belongings, is gone. One of
Nel's nephews and a niece died in the storm.
I was in the church building with my sister, Vanessa and another
family who had fled there for safety. We stayed in the bathroom
as the walls swayed. Not only was the parsonage destroyed, but
the church was too - all that was left was the flooring and the
canopy. The homes of our church members and their personal belongings
were also gone, including their livelihoods. Please pray for strength
and comfort for all of us.
Right now we are sleeping in my father-in-law's house - half of
his house remained standing. In spite of all that happened, we
are thankful God preserved His people. Praise be to God!
Typhoon Yolanda hit our mission
work in Lawaan in the eastern part of Samar. I saw with my own
eyes branches lying and one lifting the roof and making a big
hole. The coconut tree was uprooted and hit the side of our church.
One family brought their children to the church for shelter.
This storm was the strongest we have ever experienced in this
place. The roofs are totally gone, agriculture was totally destroyed.
When the storm hit, my wife and I were in separate places. Of
course, we were worried about one another. But by the mercies
of God she was okay.
Houses were destroyed, our personal belongings, is gone.
I thank the Lord because after the typhoon, people realized they
need a Savior and hope. This is a great opportunity and privilege
for me to share the hope that is in Christ alone.