Philip has friends all over the world who are like him and communicate in alternative methods such as RPM. The internet has been a wonderful place for these kids to connect because they can see they are not alone and can socialize without the pressure of real-time back and forth exchanges which can be difficult when every word has to be typed out. Philip corresponds with friends in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Australia. One of his best friends is Bella who lives in Australia. She also communicates with RPM and has a Facebook page called Bella’s Walk. She is working on a project and asked Philip a few questions. They both agreed his answers could be shared in the blog.
Bella: Remember when you were not communicating with RPM? How was it like for you?
Philip: Before RPM I was made to feel like a wild animal. I was fearful all the time. I talked with God constantly. He loves me and He has protected me from a lot of my fears. Peace was always hidden before I could communicate. I was making worst-case scenarios in my mind. I thought anyone could abuse me because I could not defend myself. I am always caring to talk to people to tell them at least realize we have feelings too. I was treated like a pet that needed to be house trained. I am no longer there. I am free.
Bella: What kept you, my friend?
Philip: What kept me going was God always being with me. I felt His presence everyday. I knew someday I would have a voice because an angel told me I would. I only knew it would happen but not when. I am peaceful that God kept His word. When I met Soma, I knew it was my best chance so far to leave my silent prison. Meaning for my life came about. I care to make the most of it. God knows me like no one else. I am most grateful for His grace.
Bella: What words are really the most descriptive of your personality?
Philip: Words that describe me best are caring, meaningful, and freeman. I am caring to my friends and people who want to learn from me. I am meaningful because I am created with purpose by God. Freeman I am because I can communicate now.
Bella: My last question is, can you tell me of your rescue?
Philip: My rescue from silence came from God leading my mom to find out about RPM. She never gave up on me. She pushed me enough to make a way out for my words. Making a way to communicate then lead to a way to be a part of the world. Making a difference in the world feels great.