Talonding Family includes Sharla Talonding, left, Pastor Lantina Talonding, Aldrich Talonding, and Wilbur Talonding. (Photos provided)
With trust in her faith and determination in her mission, a local woman is planning a mission trip to the Philippines to help the people she says have become her family.
Katie Westcott, of Wapakoneta, will be traveling to General Santos City on Mindanao Island in the Philippines in May 2015. How she started on her journey to the Philippines was unexpected, she said, and she has made the decision based on her faith — and a little help from YouTube.
The video “Rooftops” by YouTube sensations Aldrich Talonding and James Bucong made an impression on Westcott.
“One of their songs just stunned me — the talent that he had — and I could just feel his love for God in the way he sang,” Westcott said.
Westcott said she felt obligated to leave a prayer in the “comments” section.
“I left a prayer blessing them and their mission and their family and their land,” Westcott said, noting how she did not expect a reply. “I was one of like 37,000 people at that time that had commented.”
Westcott said the prayer opened up communication between the performer’s sister Ching Bucong in January.
For the full story, see the Saturday, July 26 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.