These are the children me and our church Ywam Laguna pass by every day, going to the store or on our way to school or work. Last Christmas 2017 the Lord independently put these children on each of our hearts, from the staff at the church to the youth we minister to. It was caroling season here in the Philippines last December and the youth had raised a good amount of money from caroling, which is common here in the Philippines. Me and some of the staff at church were talking about how we really know the Lord wants us to reach out to these little children to honor them and let them know they're loved.
Within a few days the youth approached us and told us they had raised nearly 5,000 piso (100 USD) and also wanted to use it to feed and bless these children. This is money normally spent on Christmas gifts for their family's but they all decided to bless these little ones instead. Me and the rest of the staff knew God was speaking to us as a church and decided to match what the youth gave to honor, bless, and love "His" children. We prepared rice, chicken adobo, spaghetti, biscuits, and juice Christmas Eve morning, along with clothing donations from partner church's in Canada. We got to bless fifty children and their family's that night. The night was filled with worship, playing games, prayer, and fellowship. We got to know them and hear their stories and share some of our own to encourage what the Lord has done in our lives.
Over the past year we've gone out at least once a month with our youth from church and continue to build relationships with them and their family's. We listen, pray with them, and teach them God's word with bible stories we've prepared for them, along with games and worship action songs to keep everyone excited.
This coming Christmas season we would like to bless them again. We're planning on having a Christmas program similar to the one we have for our children at our church, and a big meal, along with t-shirts with God's promises for them screen printed on each shirt. We'll make them here in our Ywam base. We're asking for partners to help fund this year's outreach to continue showing these little one's our Father's Heart for them. That they are a "Child of God". Thank you for reading, and prayerfully considering helping us to help them.
God Bless, Ywam Laguna