Last year, as you surely heard, there was a major hurrican (called typhoon in Asia) that totally devastated the entire island of Samar and Layte, along with many other areas. Following the store, we went there to be of help and see the results. It was beyond discription. In my estimation, it was like a catagory 5 tornado that covered an area 50-60 miles wide and hundreds of miles long. Actually, it set a record for wind speed in world history.
Last November, Pastors Tom Raquirag and Deo Pagadroa contacted me and asked me to make plans to return to Samar and be a part of the dedication service of the buildings that they were able to rebuild. God is good and through his children that helped with the need, there were new buildings erected in both places.
As a matter of fact, it was the worst trip I have a been on in the Philippines. Along with continual rain that was going on while we were there, the roads are still being renovated from storm damage. The hours it took to get anywhere, including the continual abuse to our vehicles, I doubt I will ever drive there again. There must be a complete renovation of the highways there before I would do it. Because of 5 landslides and flooding, we spent more than half of our time there, driving on a very small island.
Two pictures of the multistage structure of the Faithway Bible Baptist Church located in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, Pastored by Bro. Tom Raquirag.
The following are pictures from Bible Baptist Church, Maydulong, Eastern Samar pastored by Bro. Deo. Pagadora