From Lina Thompson, CLP, Mt. View Pres. & World Vision Staff Member
As we drive over the island, the biggest thing I am noticing is the debris clean up...it is massive. I wish we could just send physical labor, the right equipment, and knock out this debris clean up. The sooner the debris can be cleaned up, the sooner the rebuilding can take place. I also have lots of questions about what the impact of the debris clean up will happen on the environment here. In many villages, people have already returned to their homes and are starting the debris clean up themselves, burning what they can't cart away.
I am blessed to be here and to be a part of this effort. I am humbled and grateful to God to work for an organization that has the ability to help. We can't do everything but we can do our part - like everyone else. Even moreso, I am reminded of who I am as a Samoan and as a believer in Jesus. This is a beautiful land.... Every day, I look out at the sea and it takes my breath away. It is hard to reconcile the damage and devastation with the beauty of this place...and then I am reminded of how God works. Often, beauty and pain are different sides of the same coin. May God give us wisdom, insight, courage and resource as we look to Him who is our Ultimate Help finding opportunity to remind people of God's presence. I am grateful to belong to this beautiful island and to a heritage that is rooted in an understanding of family and aiga (extended family) that is profound - when it is working right it is a picture of biblical community.
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