Love’s Long Journey

This week in the midst of preparing myself for exams, I  sneaked in  some movies(lol procrastination) and ended up watching  6 movies of the Love Comes Softly series. They are great(seriously) and they have a very calming feel about them and timeless too. I most especially love the third movie, Love’s Long Journey and the more I think about it, the more I realize that there are still good people in this world, people so filled with love, they would do anything  for their loved ones. And speaking of loved ones, I found this truly inspiring and amazing story on the web about a man’s long journey to look for and be with his fiancee. This definitely worth reading:

The Story Of One Man’s Journey From Canada To The Storm-Ravaged Philippines To Find His Fiancée

Houssam Hammoudi traveled across the world in search of his fiancée, Grace.posted on November 19, 2013 at 3:28pm EST

Grace was in Ormoc, a city in Philippines, when the area was slammed by Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Grace was in Ormoc, a city in Philippines, when the area was slammed by Super Typhoon Haiyan.

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After the storm, Houssam could not get any information about Grace. Worried about her condition, Houssam left his home in Canada, traveled to an island near Ormoc, and then took a ferry from there.

After the storm, Houssam could not get any information about Grace. Worried about her condition, Houssam left his home in Canada, traveled to an island near Ormoc, and then took a ferry from there.

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The area around Grace’s family’s home was completely in ruins.

The area around Grace's family's home was completely in ruins.

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All of the buildings had been damaged.

All of the buildings had been damaged.

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When Houssam arrived at Grace’s family’s house—the green one in the middle—he discovered that storm winds had completely collapsed the roof, caving in the building.

When Houssam arrived at Grace's family's house—the green one in the middle—he discovered that storm winds had completely collapsed the roof, caving in the building.

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When the roof caved in it crushed Grace.

When the roof caved in it crushed Grace.

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Houssam found Grace, injured but alive, in a nearby clinic that was packed with storm victims.

Houssam found Grace, injured but alive, in a nearby clinic that was packed with storm victims.

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Along with cuts on her face, she also had a broken elbow bone and wrist.

Along with cuts on her face, she also had a broken elbow bone and wrist.

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Houssam and Grace were helped by a coast guard lieutenant, who ferried them to a nearby city, when local ferry companies would not.

Houssam and Grace were helped by a coast guard lieutenant, who ferried them to a nearby city, when local ferry companies would not.

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Once the two made it to a hospital in Cebu, they were told Grace’s injuries were more extensive than they had thought.

Once the two made it to a hospital in Cebu, they were told Grace's injuries were more extensive than they had thought.

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Houssam and Grace are still in the Philippines paying out-of-pocket for as much of the medical care as they can. She still has a long way to go.

Houssam and Grace are still in the Philippines paying out-of-pocket for as much of the medical care as they can. She still has a long way to go.

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Houssam is documenting his efforts to bring Grace home safely on Tumblr. He also has a Paypal accountfor anyone that wants to help.

Houssam is documenting his efforts to bring Grace home safely on Tumblr . He also has a Paypal account for anyone that wants to help.

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Houssam wrote on his blog that finding Grace was incredibly lucky and now she’s fighting for her life:

“I don’t know until now how I made it out of Ormoc with her, I still cannot believe it. I realized that no matter what I could do, nothing would have prepared me for this, it was more like special forces situation. If I waited only few days, she could lose her leg. In regards to my health, I am in good health, with less stress now but my muscles hurt:)

Thank you all for everything you did for me and hope that I will not get surprises in the near future.”

I think this is a great example of living out loud and having selfless and beautiful love. I will continue to pray for the dear Philippines and for Grace.

PS: To find out the progress of Grace, please go to this blog: http://operationsavinggrace.tumblr.com/

🙂

Sophie

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