The 700 Club Asia Hosts visited Community of Hope Beneficiaries 

PALANOG, TACLOBAN CITY – Along with the Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines (OB)The 700 Club Asia hosts Sonjia Calit-Kakilala and Erick Totañes braved the long hours and miles of travel by land and air to reach the beneficiaries of OB’s Community of Hope (COH) at the heart of Tacloban City on April 25-26.

Warm smiles welcomed the team as they set foot at the terrains of COHPalanog – where 100 solar-paneled houses sit on the 6.4-hectare land which now serves as a home for Typhoon Yolanda survivors. From being homeless to hopeful, the families now thrive after receiving free, permanent houses they now call their own.

The hosts sat down with the beneficiaries as each family looked back over the years, and pondered how their lives were changed since they started living in COH. 

Sonjia shared how the transformed lives inspired her. I consider it a blessing that I got to visit the families, talk to them, and ask them how their life was before. Every time they would open upyou can really feel the devastation the typhoon has brought upon their lives. But at the same time, when they recall how Operation Blessing was there for them and even gave them shelter, you can also feel how grateful they are,” she shared in vernacular.

The hosts ministeredprayed for the families, and helped distribute school supplies and Superbook merchandise to the kids. They also shared meals with the community while watching Kublihan, which featured the life of their COH neighbor – the Macato family. The team also had fun in making moron – Tacloban’s local delicacy.

After hearing different stories of restoration, Erick expressed how being with the beneficiaries moved him. “Meeting those families, after they have been given houses, is a tangible proof of the possibility of a restored lifeThey also inspired me with how they made a decision to start over. Any help will mean nothing if you yourself won’t decide to act and start living. Your quality of life doesn’t depend on the kind of help, it will depend on what you do with that help, he said in Filipino. 

Seeing how the community continuously transform lives, the hosts emphasized the need to continue reaching out to our kababayans in need.

 

When you give to CBN Asia and OB, you know where your money goes. It’s a good soil to invest in. Giving to the Family of Ministries is an opportunity to be part of what God is doing. This is an organization that goes beyond feeding hungry stomachs. They actually help them by feeding their souls, Sonjia ended.

Typhoon Yolanda left hundreds of families homeless and unsure of where to seek help, but the generosity and empathy of Operation Blessing’s donors and volunteers brought rays of hope to their faces. With your support, the sun will continue to shine again in Tacloban.

Do you want to be a part of blessing our kababayansVisit the Operation Blessing Facebook page for more information on how you can help!

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