Tacloban after the devastation from typhoon Haiyan in 2013. (Wikimedia)
It was a year ago on Nov. 8 that one of the strongest storms in history devastated parts of the Philippines. As the hardest-hit city Tacloban slowly recovers, its mayor is speaking out for the first time about how his faith in God helps with the challenges of rebuilding a destroyed city.
As super Typhoon Haiyan slammed into eastern Philippines, Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez and a few staff members were stranded at a beach front location.
“A song that I was singing throughout the time was “You are my Word. You are my God, and I lay down my life for you,'” Mayor Romualdez recounted to CBN Newsin an exclusive interview from his office in Tacloban.
Suddenly a storm surge hit the building.
“I was asking God, ‘Please give me a few minutes, even an hour to get down and to make sure my family was okay and then if it is time for me to go then that’s it,'” Romualdez recalled.
Romualdez and the others punched a hole in the ceiling to escape rising water seconds before another tidal wave hit.
Meanwhile across town, at his beach house, Romualdez’s wife and two children were also on the verge of being swept away by tsunami-like waves. The entire time Cristina Romualdez was reciting the whole of Psalm 91.
“I will dwell in the shelter of the most High God, I will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, you are my refuge and my fortress,” she said.
The couple says it’s a miracle they survived.
Written by George Thomas/CBN News
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