September 23, 2016
This parable is a wake-up call to see that each and every man and woman is a child of God, and therefore my brother, my sister. Awareness can be the first step in conversion.
September 16, 2016
When super typhoon Haiyan made a landfall in the central Philippine province of Eastern Samar in 2013, a two-hectare fish farm in Quinopandan town was destroyed. "We lost our farms, our fishing boats, our houses, and even the company that employed us. We were left with nothing, practically nothing," said Romulo Samson. Samson and the other fishermen realized that they have with them the technology to raise fish, especially grouper, known locally as "lapulapu," a prized fish species. With 119 other fishermen, Samson submitted a proposal to the Dutch aid agency Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation through the help of the peasant federation Task Force Mapalad. The agency responded with a grant to support the purchase of 12,000 pieces of lapulapu fingerlings and some initial capital for fish feed while the fishermen provided the materials for the cage, labor, and small boats. With the help of the interchurch organization, which was founded by Dutch churches in 1964, some 120 fishermen who were once typhoon victims have become beneficiaries of the fish cage culture project. (Photos and text by Jimmy Domingo)