Dear Father Ray,
I would like to thank you for being there for me, Ruben and our family for all your guidance over the years. What a blessing you are to us and our community,
I was one of the lucky 12 who was at the 8 AM mass who received your gift. I have been pondering where I would like to share the gift you shared with me. Last Monday, I came across this quote by John Pavlovitz, that say’s “Jesus prepared a meal for the multitude to remind us that we feed people not because they deserve it, but because they are hungry”. As soon as I read that, I contacted my friend in the Philippines who have been volunteering to give sacks of rice to families who have nothing to eat as a result of Typhoon Odette. I told him I want to donate the $ 100 gift I got and will also match the gift. He responded and he told me that they will be doing their third drop off in a few days to the typhoon victims. Yesterday, he was able to purchase sacks of rice and was able to deliver them. I copied and pasted his description. I am also attaching some of the pictures to show the happy faces of the recipients of the sacks of rice they have received.
Grateful and many blessings to you,
2 teams left at 1 am
—the weather was not that good–rain, then, sun’s scorching heat, then, rain again
—made you feel like your gonna get flu (yikes!!!)
…we were welcomed by a rainbow
— there’s hope!
— people start to stand up
…support are still needed as people try to rebuild their lives
—went to 3 coastal communities in surigao city
—distributed sacks of rice (10 kilos each) to 250 families affected by the category 5 typhoon Odette (rai)
…grateful to our two drivers who kept us safe
…tired, happy, humbled.