A Goodyear, Ariz. resident cries tears of joy after learning her family is safe in the Philippines.
GOODYEAR, AZ - A Goodyear resident was scared she might have lost her sister and other family members to Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Amabel Bongoyan is from Tacloban, one of the hardest hit areas.
She has many family members in the area, including nieces, nephews and in-laws.
"Of course I'm so helpless. I'm so far, I'm so far from them," said Bongoyan.
Her sister is a doctor in the province of Samar. When she spoke with her Saturday, she was en route to Tacloban to help family.
But two days passed, and Bongoyan heard nothing from her sister.
"Since you don't hear anything you hope 'Lord, I hope they're OK. But at the back of your mind, I don't want to bury again. I don't want to bury my relatives again," cried Bongoyan.
Bongoyan's brother died in the Philippines five years ago. She declined to go into too much details on the death.
But Monday morning, she received a Facebook message from her niece in Manilla. The message said her sister and other family members in Tacloban were safe.
It meant that Bongoyan, wasn't going to lose another sibling.
"I felt so relieved, like thank you Lord. The thorn is like...removed from me," she said.