This video I took of a woman looking after a homeless man.
[This photo I took from the internet is of Savina Dawood, an Assyrian. Her face looked similar to the one I met in Baghdad]
In 1988 I was in Iraq when my father died!
One afternoon of July that year , after my siesta I saw a brown butterfly inside my room in Nassiriya Saipem Base. I wondered why!
Later I would receive the news that my father had passed away.
The main Office of Saipem in Baghdad asked me to come and I immediately did.
There, I was told that the Philippine Embassy has conveyed the message of my father’s death.( My brother-in-law , the late Romy Millan has sought the help of the Consulate because at that time communication was not that easy. Cellphones did not yet exist!)
I wanted to get home but thinking that no one at that time would cover my duties I decided to stay.
Meanwhile, I passed by the lobby of a hotel coffee shop to buy me some sandwich.
A strange thing happened that I would never forget!
A young beautiful girl in the queue talked to me. She asked if I were a Philippine. I said yes and responded with a question.
” How did you know ?
You look like one, she said.
But what about you?, I returned.
I am an Assyrian!
After that very short conversation I left but could hardly forget her pretty face.
For a few days she had occupied my mind. I had forgotten my father had just passed away.
Years later I would realize that Assyrians are natives of an old known civilization in the northern part of Iraq. To note, even our father Abraham was an Assyrian too! Interestingly they speak Aramaic, the same language our Lord Jesus used.
So was that girl I saw in that July of 1988 in Baghdad, Iraq an ordinary person or was she an Angel?
Whoever she was or whatever it was, what I could be happy about was that I felt so blessed to have seen Iraq and witnessed an ancient culture having met in real life an Assyrian!
Castoro 10, an Oil Pipelaying Vessel was towed from Curacao to Congo on the 6th of August 2014. It was a month-long journey cruising the Atlantic Ocean and a great experience crossing the Equator too. I was on board together with sixty-eight others.
There were mixed feelings , perhaps, when the trip started. We were travelling on a vast space of nothingness but still I have seen the beauty of life! A pair of doves was with us!
One morning before sunrise, the brown bird joined me in the helideck where I have started the day praying the rosary! Amidst the blue skies, floating white clouds, and the bright orange sunrise on the horizon of the dark blue ocean I realized it was a perfect day acknowledging the Author of the beauty of Creation.
It was so refreshing to feel the seabreeze and the splashing of the waves on the side of the ship made me felt really close to heaven. I could only thank God for the new day, another experience of His great love. He is indeed real and for the moment I knew with faith that I was sitting on His great Hands. I had so much joy!
During the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, British 400 m runner Derek Anthony Redmond had to stop in the middle of the race because his right foot was injured but he never gave up…..He continued til the end and his father later joined him. Please watch the moving video uploaded by necessity4failure on 16 Sep 2010.
2 Timothy 4:7
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Source of photo: joyfullcircle.blogspot.com
Please watch a very moving video of an orphan( Sung-bong Choi) who grew up working as a “manual worker”. Be sensitive enough to see God in action. Our Loving Creator is always at work. Let us open our eyes. At all times….
Source: You Tube uploaded by gmidnjsroEl on jun 4, 2011
1968 Olympic marathon
John Stephen Akhwari ( born 1938 in Mbulu, Tanganyika) is a Tanzanian former marathon runner. He represented Tanzania in the marathon at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico city.
While competing in the marathon in Mexico City, Akhwari cramped up due to the high altitude of the city. He had not trained at such an altitude back in his country. At the 19 kilometer point during the 42 km race, there was jockeying for position between some runners and he was hit. He fell badly wounding his knee and dislocated that joint plus his shoulder hit hard against the pavement. He however continued running, finishing last among the 57 competitors who completed the race (75 had started). The winner of the marathon, Mamo Wolde of Ethiopia, finished in 2:20:26. Akhwari finished in 3:25:27, when there were only a few thousand people left in the stadium, and the sun had set. A television crew was sent out from the medal ceremony when word was received that there was one more runner about to finish.
As he finally crossed the finish line a cheer came from the small crowd. When interviewed later and asked why he continued running, he said, “My country did not send me 5,000 miles just to start the race; they sent me to finish the race.”
Source: Wikipedia & You Tube ( uploaded by abundanceteachers)