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Aug. 22, 2013 - Flood Refuse, Disaster Relief, 1 Nephi 20

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August 22, 2013 - Thursday - at home - the Philippines
Finally, a day at work.  We went with the Tenney's to the PEF Center. It's really hot and so humid it's ghastly.  It's also raining.  Again.  There is absolutely no end to it.  It's lovely but it's wearing people out as it's on over do.  So much flooding.  It's messy and destructive.
The Pasig River is finally going down and the mess is unbelievable. The garbage and junk and dead stuff left on the river banks is atrocious. People are out cleaning it up and the refuse trucks are hauling it off by the ton.  It's really amazing.
I was really frustrated at work today.  The internet was down most of the day. So no work got done.  We ended up going to the SM Mall with the Tenney's.  They needed to pick up their computer from the Samsung repair place.  That SM Mall is absolutely the most enormous mall.  6 floors with about 300 stores per floor.  It's beyond ostentatious.  It's insane!  I have never seen anything like it.  You could get lost in it.  It's full of millions of people but it still makes me wonder how the places stays in business.   
After our return to the office, the internet finally came up and we worked like mad until it went down again.  Like everything else in this part of the world, it's all taken so much in stride.  I was about to flip out (inside my own head of course) because nothing gets done and nobody seems to mind.
One of our volunteers who comes in a couple of days of week to do telephoning is named Mariah.  She is a dwarf and comes to about my elbow.  She is a member of the Church and is dang funny.  Jib and Franco torment her endlessly and she teases right back.  They are really cute together.  She spent the last three days sitting on the roof of the house she lives in with her aunt and uncle, under an umbrella (payong), while everything they owned was soaked in mud (putik) and rain (ulan).  The rest just floated away in the flood.  All the PEF missionaries pitched in and put some money together and bought her a bag of groceries.  All their garments were on a line in their yard and were swept away.  We are going to buy her some garments tomorrow.  She has no husband, children, parents or cousins.  Only this old aunt and uncle who are feeble and ill. She is their care giver in the mornings and evenings.  They go to a center during the day.  I have no idea where their money comes from but it can't be much so I don't really understand how they do it. Her life is hellish by our standards.  Yet she finds joy in the serving of the Lord doing her bit at the PEF Center.  People are amazing.  I hope to be able to give her some additional help over the next few weeks.  Wanna be a part of it?
Our car (Kotse) is finally ready for us.  The Whittakers car is here too.  I am not even remotely excited.  I would be over the moon at home if I could have that car in the states.  Here however, it seems so arrogant.  I wonder how long it will be before one of them gets crunched.  I just don't want to be the one involved.  Not that I wish anything yucky on the poor Whittkers either.  The traffic and the driving around here is just so hideous and I can't imagine that a new car stays looking good for very long.  Last week alone, 3 of the Church's cars here in the Philippines had to be replaced because they got crunched bad.  So between those 3, plus our 2, that means 5 cars had to be gotten.  It wears me out to think about the paper work alone.

READING WITH SISTER O’REILLY

1Nephi 20  HARD READING (all that Isaiah stuff)
The Lord reveals his purposes to Isreal.  He has been chosen and tried in the furnace of affliction (What is that?) My thinking is that it means those who have gone through the trials and difficulties that try and purify as they prepare a person/a people for a future of glory and service to the Lord. The constant reminders that Jesus Christ is the one and that we must listen and prepare and go forth.  WHY do we struggle so much to understand these Nephi/Isaiah chapters?  It's cause they are stinking hard reading.  I need a real scripture scholar to interpret them for me.
New Tagolog words for today.

Kotse = Car (said ko chay)

Payong = umbrella

Putik = mud

Ulan = rain

Hope you are all well and happy.  Please write/email.  I am in need of your words and spirit.  I miss you all dreadfully.
Love, Miss Kate
Love,
Sister O'Reilly
"Blessed is the influence of one true, loving, human soul on another." -- George Eliot

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