Pada tanggal 7 Desember 1998 di bagian utara Armenia, suatu gempa dengan kekuatan 6,9 skala richter menghancurkan sebuah gedung sekolah diantara bangunan-bangunan lainnya. Di tengah keramaian dan suasana panik seorang bapak berlari menuju ke sekolah tersebut, dimana anaknya menuntut ilmu setiap harinya. Sambil berlari, ia terus teringat pada kata-kata yang sering ia ucapkan kepada anaknya itu, “Hai anakku, apapun yang terjadi, papa akan selalu bersamamu!”
An earth quake with 6,9 scale richter broke a school and few buildings in North Armenia on December 7, 1998. A panic father ran among crowded to the school where his son studied. When running, he remembered what he always say to his son: “Son, remember that no matter what, I will always be with you!”
When he arrived, he only found piles of stones, woods, and cements from the totally destroyed building. He stood there and tried not to cry. But then, he went to a side that he believe as his son’s room. He started to dig with his own hands and threw away the stones.
Someone said, “Sir, it is useless. They all must be died.” He replied, “You could stand there or you could help me with these stones!” The the man and others helped him. After a few hours, there’s nothing so they gave up. But not the father. He did it for 18 hours, and suddenly he heard something behind the collapsed boards. He took some,then shouted: “Armando!” and from the darkness there’s a little boy answered, “Father!” followed by his friends shouted for help. Everyone on that place, most of them were the parents, surprised and thankful for that. They found 14 children are still alive. When Armando saved, he helped to dig and throw stones to save his friends. Everyone were listening to him when he said, “See, I told you. My father will be here to save us!”
~ I just could not imagine if God’s giving up on us. ~