I needed to talk to Ken Landiault, but his missionary adventures bring him all over the world. He is not easy to track down. The last time I saw Ken, he was on his way to the Philippines to build houses and provide boats for the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded.
I had not begun my quest to find Ken when someone tapped me on the shoulder in Chick fil A. I turned around to Ken’s smiling face. “Join me for lunch,” he said. Perfect. I took care of the business I needed to discuss with Ken, and he opened his laptop to show me pictures of his trip to the Philippines.
Ken showed me a picture of a ship washed ashore by the Typhoon. “They may as well make that an apartment building,” I observed.
“I said the same thing,” laughed Ken.
He then showed me pictures of the schools. If you can call them schools. Children are being taught under tarps with few books available. Ken usually collects medical supplies. He returned from the Philippines with a passion to collect 25,000 books to replenish their libraries.
If you have books appropriate for school age children that you would like to donate to the people of the Philippines sent Ken an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teena L Myers is the author of Finding Faith in the City Care Forgot; a freelance writer; editor of NOLA.com’s Faith, Beliefs and Spirituality blog; member of the Southern Christian Writers Guild and The Northshore Literary Society. A Toastmasters CC and Area speech contest winner. She is also a certified Belief Therapist and credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God. Teena lives on the west bank of New Orleans and attends Hosanna Church with her husband who has ministered to children for thirty years. To learn more about Teena and read some of her longer teaching works visit teenalmyers.com Connect with Teena on Twitter