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~ The greatest lack in this world is compassion and care ~

~ The greatest lack in this world is compassion and care ~
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Monday, 18 November 2013

Philippines Typhoon Tradegy: Learning Lessons

The reasons for this devastation of the Typhoon named Haiyan might be in asking how the people ruling over the land take care of the people - or neglect the people. It is not the first typhoon.

The Daily Mail Headlines ask questions and make us all think!

Are Philippines officials only handing out food to the people who VOTED for them? Shocking claim that millions in other areas are being left to fend for themselves after Typhoon

Shocking: An aid worker has claimed that the Philippine government is distributing aid based on voting patterns. Pictured is the devastated Leyte province

Desperate: The words 'SOS, Food, H20, Help!!!' are painted on the roof of a house as seen from a Philippine Air force helicopter in the super typhoon devastated Leyte Province

'Make-shift: Survivors carry metal sheets they've collected and head back to their destroyed village of Marabut'

A few weeks ago I was given a dream with houses made of corrugated metal interior like this, except they were new. Not sure if this is also a reminder of what has happened, for people to be living in houses made from these materials, we do not know the reason - disasters come in many forms, earthquakes, floods, landslides and volcanos, plus typhoons and hurricanes.

'Generous: America and its allies have rushed to the aid of the Philippines. Here American military personnel load relief aid on to a US Navy Seabee helicopter from the USS George Washington carrier at a landing zone in Tacloban'

Response teams in crisis are on the ball now, with people who are in service to deal with crisis situations. When the people are being taken care of and systems are in place to help rebuild lives and communities, faith in the community that stretches beyond our lands can be restored.

'US military personnel sleep on aid shipments at Tacloban Airport'

'People wait for flights out of Tacloban Airport in the early hours of Friday morning' - as we are now living in an international community, many people have family living in other lands that they can go to. Today people travel by plane, at one time this was not always the case.

A rainbow forms over the airport in Tacloban - The white building is lit up 'the white house' and the man seen with the eye patch while on the ground is darkness.

We are told, when we see a rainbow there is hope. The reminder that this world will not be completely flooded again as in the times of knowing. This was another apocalyptic event.

'A soldier assists young survivors to the military plane at Tacloban airport'

The decision not to deploy the 14,000-tonne Peace Ark, one of the newest and biggest hospital ships in the world, is one that contrasts with a recent charm offensive across Southeast Asia by China as it seeks to bolster ties and ease tension over the disputed South China Sea.

'Even China's usually hawkish Global Times, a tabloid owned by the People's Daily state mouthpiece, on Friday called for the Ark to sail to the Philippines, where an international naval flotilla, headed by a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group, is delivering food, water and medicine.'

'Initially, China pledged $100,000 in aid to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan roared across central islands a week ago, and a further $100,000 through the Chinese Red Cross - figures dwarfed by multi-million dollar donations from countries and corporations around the world.

Even Swedish furniture chain Ikea and beverage giant Coca-Cola have done more than the world's second-largest economy for the Philippines.'

'The British Royal Navy warship HMS Daring docked is being sent to the Philippines with a RAF C-17 plane to aid in relief efforts' - the ship is identified as a destroyer class.

'On route: The USS Antietam from the George Washington Battle Group has set sail from Hong Kong for the Philippines to help in the relief effort'

Posted below are links to the articles with photographs and reporting. Over 2000 people lost their lives. There process to identify bodies is not always possible when there is the loss of great numbers of people, especially as family and loved ones might have been killed too.

'Grim spectacle: Hundreds of bodies lay rotting in a hastily-constructed trench'

'Almost 400 bodies lie in a hastily-constructed mass grave'

Survivors gather together at Tacloban awaiting transport to neighboring Cebu island province

'We have let people down': UN aid chief admits response to Philippines typhoon has been too slow as rescue teams struggle to clear thousands of bodies and distribute food

Without water people cannot survive - water is vital.

'Tens of millions of pounds worth of aid has been pledged by governments across the world but agencies are struggling to bring it to survivors '

'Hundreds of people wait for evacuation by military ship in Tacloban city amid fears the death toll will rise as the worst-hit areas slowly become accessible'

'An aerial view of a demolished coastal town on Eastern Samar Island. Many remote areas are still inaccessible and it is uncertain how many people have been killed'

'The neonatal unit in Tacloban hospital has had to be moved into the chapel after the storm flooded parts of the centre, knocking down walls and causing part of the roof to cave in'

People taking shelter inside a church to rest and sleep.

The figures are diverse in reporting. The latest is:

Typhoon Haiyan feared to have killed TEN THOUSAND Filipinos as Vietnam and China now prepare for the worst

'Under water: Residents wade through a flooded street in Mindoro, Philippines this morning following the typoon'

'Pile up: Vehicles and rubbish are pictured strewn across a flooded street in Tacloban, Leyte' - if we think this will never happen where we live, be careful. Many catastrophes are foretold and no one is safe to be not a witness to what is happening in our world - as a reminder this world is going to be taken back because people who have ruled over this world forget their responsibility.

'Space: A digital composite of Typhoon Haiyan approaching the Philippines, made using images captured geostationary satellites of the Japan Meteorological Agency'

Asking why this has happened - guided to these words:
"I will give, in my house and within my walls,a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off." Isaiah 56:5

"Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that practised righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God; they ask of me righteous judgements, they delight to draw near to God." Isaiah 58:2

The people make any nation, not the officials. And there are people who openly resent 'foreigners' in their country and this explains why they reject their own family. People are rejecting Christ and His family yet go to Church and pretend to be Christians - or don't and claim to be.

Even though these people have nothing - they have faith.

When bad things happen to good people, it is to teach the people who forgot that one day, we might suffer the same fate. Buildings can be and have been flattened and lives taken. Where will our soul go on to afterwards, that is what few people seek to know.

Of all the donations what percentage is going to the destination and reaching the people? Are all the people being helped - is every dollar accountable? It should be and needs to be now!

Other headline reports quoted with statistics:
'Starvation and fear in the land laid waste by 200mph typhoon that killed at least 10,000: Dazed survivors scour the streets for food and mobs attack aid trucks in Philippines'

'Shelter from the storm: While the Catholic church in Tacloban has welcomed victims, many buildings have been broken into by desperate looters'

'Up to 4.3 million people have been affected, Filipino national disaster agency say'
UN says 2.5m people need of food aid and UNICEF estimate 1.5 m children affected
Vietnam authorities have moved 883,000 people in 11 central provinces to safe zones
Typhoon has now made landfall in Sanya in south China's Hainan province'

In looking in the overview of the world image and the typhoon, this is an energy generated phenomenon that can strike anywhere. Just because these are hitting in certain parts of the world, ie in America is prone to hurricanes, this does not mean other lands will not be affected in some way.

We can easily take our world for granted, especially to people who are in positions to take care of lands and people too. This world does not belong to anyone other than Christ; even if people believe they have a right to own this world. There is a biblical law - Jubilee Law that applies.

This is a time of great deception, where in desperate situations, people are grateful for help - is there are price tag attached to this? Church doors should not be closed now.

The resilience of people is strong - the survivors of this experience have been given the knowledge that they can start their life again...There is help somewhere, people who care about humanity. If 7 billion people get into the role of caring about 'strangers' in need, there would be no poverty or struggle - people would be more willing to help and enable people and this aids progress!

Peace, love and best wishes
Pauline Maria

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