Hi OHH & Friends,
Last Saturday 21st September 2013 at around 12 midnight, a fire broke out at New Smokey Mountain
(NSM). It was put out only about 2:30am. Most of the houses in Block 5 (For those of you who had
been to NSM, it is in front of the Korean Church) had burnt to the ground including that of one of
Oikos staff, Jhoy. One of our Agape Gentlemen, Ruben Santos suffered 3rd degree burnt all over his
body. He is now in the government Philippine General Hosp. Sadly, 2 children died in the fire.
According to the ground, the fire started when one couple was quarreling & the wife & in
her anger threw a lighted candle at her husband. Out of about 250 families who were affected, about
220 of them are attending OHH ministries. Now, most of these victims are seeking shelter at a
Basketball Court outside NSM. We thank God we managed to cook a meal for them. Then we distributed
Some families who had some money saved started rebuilding their homes but most need help to get
them on their feet again. We don't know if & how humanitarian help will be coming, but
we will pray and beilieve. Please pray that assistance in any form will come quickly.
Attached herewith the pictures of the affected area.
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Just received news that Reuben Santos died from his burns yesterday & was cremated.
We are cooking some meals & baking bread for distribution together with used blankets &