At this moment, I have little time for my "regular" activities. The Lord has come to challenge us and test our faith.
On my way back to Kalibo airport, I went to school and had work as usual. Some rain and some wind were still falling here as it was falling when I drove you to Kalibo airport. At the end of the day, at around 5:50 p.m., when the Brothers were at prayers at the residence, an unexpected tornedo within the typhoon came to hit our school... our dear school which cannot afford such a problem. You remember that when you enter the main campus, there were 4 classrooms on the left side of the driveway: well, the tornedo (which lasted just a few moments over our area) blew the roofs away from all of these rooms and then the rain abundantly poured onto the classrooms and the room where we had the faculty room, Registrar, Clerk, file cabinets with Alumni data, report cards, files of students, TV set, computer units, printer, teachers' projects and assignments and class preps, etc, etc., etc. A beam of wood fell on our sound system (3 amplifiers) and the rain soaked it all; it is destroyed. Very little could be saved from the rain and the effect of the tornedo. At 6:15 p.m., I was at PBI to examine what some had texted me: destruction at PBI old building.
The black-out and the heavy rain slowed down our work: some workers and college students came immediately to help . When you hold a flashlight in one hand, there is little you can carry with the other especially when the heavy rain falls on you and small branches still fall on you. The next day, we found the G.I. sheets and many branches on the walls on the new building, some sheets flew over the 3-storey building and landed on the National Road and the park, etc. Many trees are broken on our property.
The "convento" - the priest's residence, also lost some metal sheets (G.I. sheets) of their roof but their structure remained firm. As for the school, old and rotten as it was, the wind had fun.
I praise the Lord that no one was on campus at that time. That is my great relief. If it had occurred just 1 hour before, it would have been disastrous and very dangerous indeed because the High School and College/Univeristy students and PBI personnel were on campus. At 4:00 p.m., the Kinder kids are going home...
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Wednesday morning, July 27th, I took time to visit every class of the school (High School and College), to talk about the disaster and ask all of them to add a special prayer for the school on a daily basis for weeks to come, and for a quick return to our regular activities under a safe roof. Like Father de la Mennais, we trust in divine Providence.
Now, the electricity is back. We can contact the "outside world" to share some events of the life in the mission. We still have the tail of the typhoon touching us: gusts of wind and rain...
The forecast is as follows: another typhoon is following the same path as the one that is just leaving the country. "..."
Kindly unite your prayers to ours. I do accept the will of the Lord AND beg Him to come to my assistance. May the Virgin Mary, Father de la Mennais and the saints intercede for us all.