A VESSEL OF HOPE

By Kheem Montoya

The immediate reaction of people once they found out that the Taal Volcano erupted was to help those who were affected. Our story for today had that reaction as well. Let us hear the story of volunteerism from Kheem Montoya.

"When I saw the news about the Taal Volcano eruption, the first thing that came to my mind was what could I do to help those families who were affected by the ashfall. Luckily, my cousin tapped me and some of our family members to be a part of the Taal Volcano Relief Operation Mission. Our group is really blessed because the donations from so many sponsors poured out and we were able to help over a thousand families in Batangas.

Honestly, fulfilling this relief mission is a very life-risking decision because we went to areas that were far to reach and received minimal support from the government and other non-government organizations. It is very tiring to go from one place to another just to make sure that we were able to hand out the needs of the evacuees. However, the moment I see the happy faces of the every person who received the relief package I am also touched in unexplainable way.

In this mission, I realized that nothing is impossible when everyone has the goal of helping. I was able to discover how blessed I am because I was able to share love and care to other people. Our team is indeed grateful to our Creator that He made us a vessel of hope for those people in the evacuation centers and residential areas. I will never forget this experience."

"In the same way, let you light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16

To God be the Highest Glory!