Must be hard for them to leave (despite the hardships). God Bless.
“LDS missionaries in the Philippines were in action the day after Typhoon
Haiyan, helping prepare supplies for victims while working with Mormon Helping
Hands volunteers.”One of my grandchildren served a mission in
the Philippines. It seems to me, that now, with the disaster, the
mission is needed for good in the Philippines more than ever. Why close it now
when so much help is needed?
We are serving as senior missionaries in Uruguay, South America. We know
EXACTLY what those mission presidents were feeling as they did everything they
could to find their missing young elders and sisters. They become like your own
children and you love them just like you do your own. I am so grateful for the
miracles of protection and guidance and that all were found safe. Elder Mont
Ronald,Proselyting missionaries can, and do, provide help and service to
the communities they live in. But these missionaries, that personally
experienced the trauma of the typhoon, don't have the skills that the area
needs now. They will both give better service, and be better served, by
resuming their proselyting missions. If reassigning them to other missions
meant that the needs of the victims of the typhoon would go unmet, then they
would probably be staying. The fact is that the needs of all the victims are
better met by removing these victims that have a place to go and in their stead
sending resources (people and supplies) that are better able to meet the needs
of those that must remain in the devastated area.Think of a battlefield.
As it is possible, the wounded are removed to a rear area and fresh
reinforcements are sent to replace them. Even the unwounded get rotated away
from the battle's front to get food and rest.
It's erroneous to assume that proselyting missionaries are the only form of
assistance the LDS Church has or will offer to those devastated by the typhoon
in the Philippines. Supplies and volunteer labor will be provided generously by
the Church and its members, particularly those members who are now returned
Philippines missionaries. Many of these are itching to fly to the Philippines as
soon as the relief effort is sufficiently organized to train them and to enhance
their safety in the midst of a hazardous situation.
Why close the mission when it is so needed? Somebody said that "you
can't teach a hungry man." The basic physical needs of the people have
to be met before they can be helped with spiritual needs. The LDS church is not
abandoning those people, just providing more resources that are more appropriate
at this moment. No doubt, any missionaries who were occupying housing that was
not damaged needed to leave to make room for homeless locals. No doubt, more
room was needed for volunteers specializing in this kind of disaster.
Prioritizing to save lives and heal wounded hearts was the right thing to do.
God bless the people of Tacloban and God bless those who provide assistance for
their needs. Godspeed to the missionaries who will be leaving to serve in the
Why close the mission when the people need help the most now? I don't know
but I'm convinced the Lord knows what he's doing so I trust his
servants are directing his work according to his will. Missionaries leaving for
other missions does not mean the people affected are being abandoned. God bless
all those who are still involved in the recovering efforts to try and restore
some sort of normalcy to all those affected. God gives in abundance
and man puffs up in pride and forgets Him. God gets mad and cracks the whip a
bit too hard sometimes, then His wrath subsides and start rallying his faithful
servants to help and provide! It's the way our parents did with us all the
time while growing up! Sometimes our learning experiences are bit too painful
to endure! But, in the end it teaches us that Heavenly Father still loves,
cares, and will never abandoned us if we will but listen, learn, and obey.