Rev. Leoncio C. Arabelo Jr. leads the Association of Fundamental Baptist Churches of the Philippines. He sends the following report:
The word “Yolanda” has become synonymous with destruction, ruin, devastation, and any other word that conveys the idea of disaster. And indeed it is because of what Typhoon Yolanda brought to the Philippines in November of 2013. It was one typhoon people in the affected places will never forget.
In December of 2013, together with Pastor Arman Rivera, we visited barangay Dakal in the town of San Enrique and found Pastor Martinez with several members in their makeshift church building hurriedly set up for their Thanksgiving service.
On our second visit, Pastor Martinez tearfully thanked us for the help extended to them. He told us that on their own they could never build such a beautiful chapel.
Rev. Leoncio C. Arabelo Jr.
Association of Fundamental Baptist Churches of the Philippines