Quake Survivor Saved by Child's Superbook Song

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The people of Boho Province Philippines are stll struggling to recover from the devastating earthquake that hit in October that killed 200 people.

When the 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck, J.R. Barace, his parents, and sister, ran toward his 6-year-old nephew, Jyle, who was then playing outside their house.

He said they huddled together when suddenly the earth beneath them opened up, trapping them 26 feet below.

J.R. was the only survivor but he was buried up to his chest and could not escape.

"All I saw was the foot of my father sticking out of the rubble. After being stuck for six hours, I lost hope" he recalled. "I wanted to kill myself by burying my face in the soil ... until I heard my younger brother's voice calling us and I was rescued."

Rodel, J.R.'s older brother, was away from home on business. He said he regrets not being there to rescue his son, Jyle.

"Nobody helped us dig out our loved ones. I should've been there beside him to help him but I was not able to do anything," Rodel Barace said.

The horrific scenes from that day are still haunting the minds of J.R. and Rodel when their loved ones were buried alive in that sinkhole.

Now they say CBN's Superbook has become their source of healing and hope.

Rodel surprised CBN when he showed a cellphone video of his son, Jyle, and daughter, Cresha, singing the Superbook salvation song.

The animated Bible stories reached even this remote part of the Philippines and has become the favorite of the boy who was swallowed in the earthquake.

"They asked me to record the Salvation Song from the television because they want to memorize the song," Rodel said.

"I like the show because it has made my children more respectful. They showed more affection and they prayed for all the members of our family every night," he continued.

"I love Superbook because it is about the Lord. My brother was always excited to watch it with me," Cresha, the 7-year-old sister of Jyle, said.

A CBN counselor explained the meaning of the Superbook song to J.R. and Rodel and invited them to accept Jesus as their saviour.

"Now that I have accepted Christ, I feel strong and whole and I'm ready to face life again," J.R. said.

The CBN team gave Cresha DVD copies of Superbook.

"I will miss my brother but every time I watch Superbook I will be happy because I know Jyle is in heaven because Jesus saved him," Cresha said.

CBN brought Rodel, J.R., and their family more than just temporary disaster assistance. The spiritual guidance they provided will endure forever.

And these Filipinos now know that God's word and promises cannot be destroyed or shaken by even the strongest earthquake.

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Lucille Talusan

Lucille Talusan

CBN International News Correspondent

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