Chris is taking over today and sharing his thoughts about the tragic Haiyan Typhoon that hit a place he knows and loves so dearly.
It's been very strange to read about places I am so familiar with but almost no one else had ever heard of before in the news. When I got my mission call I couldn't even pronounce "Tacloban" correctly (it's ta-CLO-ban, I said TA-clo-bahn).
I served my mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines Tacloban Mission from 2004 to 2006.
If you've ever spent time around Filipinos, you know they are some of the friendliest and happiest people on earth. Probably because their country is so beautiful.
However, it is an extremely poor country and the provinces around Tacloban - Leyte, Samar, etc - are some of the poorest areas. These people had virtually nothing to begin with, and now after the storm, even their meager possessions have been destroyed. It is heartbreaking.
Below is a picture of an area of Tacloban City called San Jose, circa 2004. These homes I'm sure offered no protection to the people who lived in them.
An image after the storm:
Our prayers are with them.