Brian and Lourdes Peek had always talked about a mission trip so when Lourdes’ homeland of the Philippines was hit with Super Typhoon Haiyan nearly two weeks ago, the Washington couple jumped at the chance to go help with relief efforts.
Their chance to help others is coming sooner than either Brian, the Lead Addiction Recovery Specialist at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, and Lourdes, a trauma nurse at Daviess Community Hospital ever thought.
“We just received a phone call earlier and we will be leaving on Dec. 1 and returning on the 18th,” said Brian.
Originally, the Peeks were told the soonest they could possibly go to help those in Philippines was January and both have said while they are ecstatic about the upcoming trip, trying to schedule things with their jobs has made things a bit more complicated.
“They do scheduling about six weeks ahead of time so it was hard to know whether to have them schedule me or not but this was something we both felt that we needed to go do regardless,” said Lourdes.
Brian, a veteran of the Gulf War who was stationed in the Philippines for three years, agreed with Lourdes. “We have family there and even though her family isn’t where we’ll be going we still wanted to help.”
“Lourdes speaks the language, is a nurse and I know the area,” said Brian. “I think maybe that helped move us up on the list to go.”
With limited accommodations, the Peeks, who attend Harvest Community Fellowship, said that they will be two of 17 individuals with Crisis Response International who will go to help with clean up efforts and pray with those affected by the super typhoon. The Peeks are not not sure what kind of conditions they will find when they arrive in Ormoc next week. How far outside the city, which was one of the most heavily devastated by the typhoon, they will be located and what they will be doing the Peeks are unsure. “We won’t know until we get there,” said Brian.