Singer Jaya took to social media to open up about her family's ordeal days after they lost their home in the United States to huge fire.
In a lengthy statement released on Instagram, Jaya said that she and her family were celebrating their daughter's birthday when their house unexpectedly caught fire due to some electrical issues.
"Thank God, my husband Gary, calmly took control and led us to safety," she wrote. "Our son Gavin helped big time as well, but lost ALL of his possessions, but miraculously, his BIBLE, wallet & passport were untouched by the fire!"
"The main 3 bedrooms and some parts of the house didn't really burn, which was crazy because the fire was so huge and all over!!! So more of our documents & clothings, especially our Bibles, also got spared."
Jaya said firefighters arrived immediately to contain the fire. Their neighbors also came out to help and gave them shoes, clothes, and water. Meanwhile, some of their friends also came over to assist, comfort, and pray for her family.
"With all the chaos and devastation, my mind blocked so much of what happened. But what I do remember was how we as a family coped. I saw our 3 kids crying and feeling so afraid & helpless but comforted and helped each other. They were so brave yet tender and vulnerable. They were selfless and mindful of what's happening around that they even helped me and safe, 'It's okay Mom. We are all okay. Don't be sad,'" she recalled.
"My husband running back and forth, talking to the firefighters, insurance person, and I don't know who else, checking on us and comforting us, even smiling at all of us that he forgot himself in the midst of the chaos."
Jaya went on to give her heartwarming message to her husband Gary Gotidoc and their three children Gavin, Sab and Dylan.
"Gary, I'm so proud to be married to a Man of God. Your faith was in full force that day. We all saw how you were surrendered to Jesus and letting His will be done. You didn't crack, you had no fear. ... That was powerful in our eyes ... I love you forever," she wrote.
"I am so proud of you, Gavin, Sab, and Dylan," she continued. "Dad and I have the best children!!! We are blessed to do and live this life with you. I'm so sad for you kids but I know this will keep you stronger and tighter as individuals and as siblings. ... I love you forever,” she continued.
Finally, the country's "Queen of Soul" expressed her gratitude to all those who prayed and showed their support for her family.
"Thank you to all of you, family & friends from the US, Philippines & around the world who sent us hopeful messages through texts, calls, and social media. Your love, kind, and inspiring words are so overwhelming. Thank you so much to all of you who sent and still are sending us financial help. We might not be able to respond to your messages, but know we are thankful and so grateful. We pray that God will return the favor. May God truly bless you,” she said.
"We are tired, fatigued, heartbroken, but not defeated. We still catch ourselves cry in secret, but we are alright. We are humbled by this experience. Now we know not to take anything for granted. We now move forward, one day at a time. Thank God we still have work that can help keep our minds busy. We will continue to love, live, laugh, sing, dance, create new memories, and remain hopeful," she added.