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Joe Campbell of Goffstown, far right, poses with children from the Philippines last week. Campbell and two other Granite Staters traveled there to help in the recovery efforts from Typhoon Haiyan. (Courtesy))

Granite Staters arrived in Philippines just after typhoon hit

Even before a typhoon devastated parts of the Philippines this month, Joe Campbell and two other Granite Staters already had planned to travel there to help in recovery from previous natural disasters.

"God's perfect timing," Campbell's mother, Annie, said Friday. "Little did they know what the need was going to be."Campbell and two others, Laura Morgan of Bedford and Paul Kaminski of Amherst, brought medicine and money to buy rice to distribute there last week.

The trio went to an area hit by a 7.2 earthquake a month earlier, followed by Typhoon Haiyan, which has claimed more than 3,600 lives.

The Granite Staters met one family that included a 99-year-old woman named Monica. "The three ladies had assembled a mobile shelter with tarps hitched to a small truck," Kaminski said in an email. "Her home across the street (was) in rubble. Yet through the whole ordeal, she could still smile and thank God for watching over them."On Saturday, the New Hampshire group started its journey home and is expected to arrive in New Hampshire tonight.

"In closing, the team feels especially blessed to have been in the Philippines at this time," Kaminski wrote.

Last Thursday, the team walked the streets of Sagabayan.

"The fringes of town were wonderfully spared but the center of town, including municipal offices, were destroyed," said another Kaminski email.

Morgan's husband, Charlie, said he's been reading stories and watching television to keep up with the latest rescue efforts, concerned over his wife's safety.

"This is my wife on an island with no law and order. They're looting. There's no food, no electricity. This is frightening for me. Frightening," Morgan said. The couple owns Morgan Self-Storage in Manchester.

Morgan said his wife has undertaken about 35 missionary trips over the past 22 years.

Mr. Morgan, who said he had received text messages from her saying she was tired but not sick, said the group can make a small dent in the suffering."It was only three of them and she can only address one person at a time," he said. "You can't save the world."Ken Whitten, director of Vision International Missions in Manchester, said the three missionaries from his organization brought medicine to help in the recovery after earthquakes. He marveled about the trip's timing and the typhoon.

"It just amazes me that God just knew exactly when the need was going to be there," Whitten said.

Mrs. Campbell said her 17-year-old son, a senior at Concord Christian Academy, went to Haiti last April to work in an orphanage and wants to dedicate his life to missionary work.

She said he relishes his time helping others."He loves a challenge of whatever it is in front of him," she said. "He dives in completely with total abandon."Mrs. Campbell can't wait for his return. "I want to hear everything. I just want to sit with him and hear everything," she said. "He journals every day, so I know he's been writing about his experiences day to day."

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