February 16, 2012

Helping the Disaster Victims in Negros Oriental

Are you a cheerful giver?

Have you experienced extending your help to the people who badly need it?

Last February 6, 2012, the Visayas was hit by a very strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake that damaged many parts of Negros Oriental. In Cebu, where I live, we also experienced series of earthquakes that caused some people to panic due to the tsunami scare. The earthquake affected the Visayas area and it even reached Bicol and Northern Mindanao.

As I saw the sad news on TV, my heart melted as they featured the conditions of the victims. They were without food, water, clothing, shelter, and medicines.

Photo Credit: www.nickdael.com

Suddenly, I thought, “Why not give something to the earthquake victims in Negros Oriental? Even though the amount that I will give is small yet it can help them in one way or another, and I am giving it heartily.” So, on February 10, 2012, I gave my help to the ABS-CBN’s Sagip Kapamilya Relief Campaign booth located at Fuente Osmeña, Cebu City. After giving the amount, I felt so happy and blessed.

After that, I remembered Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:40, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren ye have done it unto me.” Jesus encourages us to help the poor and needy, especially in times like these that we experience great disasters.

Furthermore, Jesus also said, “For God loveth a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

So, I encourage you now to be a cheerful giver because it is indeed “more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

Give help to disaster victims. (February 10, 2012)