April 13, 2015
By Simon Chambers
In a search for words to express my appreciation for all the work of PWRDF volunteers, these words of St. Paul express just how I feel: “We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1Thes 1:2-3). I give thanks for everyone’s work for a “truly just, healthy and peaceful world.”
Their tireless work as diocesan and parish representatives, Youth Council members, members of the Board of Directors, refugee coordinators, justgeneration ambassadors, parish envelope secretaries and so many others, supports in incredible ways the Primate’s World Relief and Development. Whether it is in organizing parish suppers, speaking at events, or spending months living and working with a PWRDF partner agency, they are all an integral part of all that PWRDF is.
Without volunteers who remind people of PWRDF’s relief work after disasters like Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, people like Lilia Baoc would not receive the support of PWRDF partner FARDEC. Lilia’s house and crops were destroyed in the typhoon. Her daughter’s house was also destroyed. She herself was almost swept away by the storm waters, but was rescued by her husband.
Today, Lilia’s family is one of 61 in barangay Kampinggamon on Bantayan Island who have joined together in a People’s Organization to help each other rebuild their homes and farms. Together they are administering micro-credit loans to help the families in their community to buy animals and seed to support themselves, and to learn sustainable agriculture techniques to improve their yield.
Thanks to all our volunteers, PWRDF is able to work with communities like Lilia’s in over 20 countries around the world.
Theirs is a wonderful, life-giving ministry. It is a work of faith and a labour of love for which I and many others are truly grateful.