Samuel contacted Vinnie DeLetto and Houses of Hope International through the Internet when he had nearly 20 children living on a rice patty in bamboo huts. Moved by his story of rescuing children, Vinnie went with a team to visit Samuel and his wife Mercy in March of 2006. Some governments in the region are extremely oppressive so during our second visit the children had to come meet our team in a park. After meeting with Samuel, Mercy, and the children a second time, our hearts moved with compassion for these beautiful people. We left there with a new conviction, “we need to do more.” Three or four weeks after the second trip a devastating cyclone hit the area killing hundreds of thousands including many in neighboring countries. Miraculously none of the HOH children, or caretakers were harmed but the property was a complete loss. With the help of many, HOHI was able to purchase 4 acres in an area that is safer and a lot less oppressive. Samuel and Mercy now have 34 kids who live in permanent safe structures complete with a farm and pineapple groves. In addition, the older children are now furthering their education by apprenticing for professionals and business owners in nearby cities. It is amazing how just a few short years of love, help, and education can make such a difference in the lives of these children.