Dying Man’s Daily Journal – Prayers for new neighbors please

I would like to share with you a sad almost heart breaking story that reflects in many ways the state of our wonderful city today.
On Sept. 1st. the house beside our own was sold. We had wonderful neighbors and were indeed sad to see them go. We were happy to welcome our new neighbors. a very friendly, very nice family, mother, father and 3 children. The family arrived in Canada just over a year ago,coming from the Philippines. Both work and are actively contributing to our city/society.
When they arrived in Canada they first lived in an apartment, saving to buy a house. Which they were able to do, becoming our neighbors, for which we are very happy. They do struggle with the English language a little but considering the time they have been here are doing very very well. The world is good.
This past Saturday they had a house blessing. I am not from the Philippines nor am I Catholic so I do not really know what that details. I do know it is followed by a gathering of family and friends for what can only be described as a feast, To which Vi and I were invited. Fabulous is the word that comes to mind in describing it. The world is good.
What no one realized was that while this was all happening, someone was breaking into their detached garage. Various items were stolen and an attempt was made to steal their vehicle. Passenger side window was smashed and the steering counsel was destroyed.I am not sure if ironic is the right word but all this happened while they were celebrating the blessing of their home.
Just last week I heard someone enter my garage and yelling was enough to scare him/her away. On checking it was found that someone had been in their garage the same time, Now that alone shook them up enough to frighten the children, add this second incident and it has the whole family upset and fearful.
This truly is a wonderful family and my heart goes out to them. They are thousands of miles from home and all that they are accustomed to. They are feeling isolated, vulnerable and afraid, afraid to the point of not sleeping at night.
As far as neighbourhoods go I would think ours is one of the safest in the city, but then today where in the city is safe,. What can I say to them but Welcome to Winnipeg

7 Responses to Dying Man’s Daily Journal – Prayers for new neighbors please

  1. souldipper says:

    What a tragedy. One feels so helpless. The feeling of being violated is horrific when we are on familiar turf. How tough it must be for newcomers to any situation.

  2. babychaos says:

    Yeh that kind of thing’s not much fun. We had some guy hide out in our garden for a while the other night. He’d nicked a car but abandoned it in our drive after a police chase and went over our garden wall. We were told to lock our windows and doors and stay inside.

    Sounds like the garage thief is the same person coming back. I’m sorry for them and you, it isn’t pretty and must make them feel very vulnerable. That sort of thing has to be more difficult when you’re new to a place and don’t know the social mores that well.



  3. Freda says:

    How awful, and how dreadful for it to happen at the same time as the Blessing. I hope the perpetrators are caught soon. Let’s hope the new people can recover from this horrible start.

  4. Mel says:

    RAWR. NOT cool.
    I’m glad they’ve got you and Vi for neighbors though. I know that’s got to bring them some sense of relief. I mean that, seriously…

    Not cool.
    And yes, I’ll say prayers for the whole family.

    That just is not cool……*sigh*

  5. Tasneem R says:

    That’s sad to hear . Anyway why don’t you’ll inform the local police ? I think that will scare away the thieves , they wont have to courage to do it next time .

  6. Mel says:

    *sending hugs and more prayers for you, Vi and your new neighbors*

    Thinkin’ of you…..

  7. Cat says:

    I’m so sorry your neighbors had such a horrible experience and I’m sorry that you and everyone else in your neighborhood are having to worry about being the next target. I hope the police catch the culprits soon. I’ll keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

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