Operation Blessing Reaches Out to Philippines

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MANILA, Philippines - They keep coming and going, trudging everyday through water in flip-flops or bare feet. In some places, the water is chest-high.

Floodwaters from Typhoon Ketsana are receding in parts of Manila, but in the village of Napindan, it's like the storm happened yesterday.

Most of the 5,000 people living in the village had not received help until Operation Blessing did an outreach to some 2,000 families.

The charity brought with them food, water and medical supplies. 

Typhoon survivor Liza didn't want to miss the rare chance to get her 6-month-old baby examined by an Operation Blessing doctor. 

So she placed the baby in a basin because it was safer than carrying her through the dirty floodwaters.

"The water is just too deep," Liza said. "This was the only way I could get my baby to see the relief team. I'm so thankful that you came today."

A sentiment echoed throughout the village as people walked in chest-deep waters, then climbed aboard a boat to dry land where Operation Blessing had set up camp.

"We are happy that you prioritized us," typhoon survivor Christina Reburiano said. "This is the first time we got relief. We have something to eat today. This may be not much but this is a big thing for us."

But not everyone could make the trip. Some were too sick to walk through the floodwaters. 

So Operation Blessing sent in one of their field doctors.

"We have information that there's a lady in this house that's had a miscarriage and a fever," Dr. Wendell Asuncion said.

After spending a few minutes, Wendell discovered that most members of the family were sick with fever. 

CBN News met J.R. who was recovering from Chicken Pox and was emotional about Operation Blessing going to his home.

"I'm overjoyed because for several nights I kept on praying, 'Lord please send people to help us and please heal my family,'" J.R. said. "I believe the Lord sent you. The Lord answered my prayer through Operation Blessing."

Wendell gave each family member medicine to fight the infections. The family also got a supply of rice, water and other essential items.

"I am fulfilled to go beyond comfort zone," Wendell added. "I'm fulfilled because it is not only medicines we gave them but also the love of Jesus we shared to them. We are going back to this place and bring more doctors to attend to their needs."

To help flood victims get around the village, Operation Blessing has also provided a rubber boat to make life here just a little more bearable.

For many residents, these acts of kindness have meant the world to them and more help is on the way.

Operation Blessing plans to hold several more food and medical outreaches in the days ahead.

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