This lil’ boy is so cuddly & cute despite the blemishes, dirty & quite stinky clothes. We saw him roaming around the small part of Luneta Park while we’re having an outreach, “Festival of Love”.
My heart skipped a beat upon seeing him. We gave him a heart with mini bear stuff which made him overjoyed! We pity him ‘coz he’s not well taken care of. His tiny feet were covered with hardened dust. He doesn’t have a pair of slippers. I wanted to give him a bath & new clothes, cuddle & tell him stories.
We wondered why he’s there. Thought he might be an orphan, but he isn’t. We found his sibling, he’s also clad in dirty clothing and with a lot of dust & dirt all over his body. Seeing them rekindled that fire of my dream — one day, I could build an orphanage-school for impoverished kids like them.
It wasn’t part of my plan, but I was persuaded by that longing to share God’s love. So I joined the One Year in Mission team with their outreach activities.
We went to Manila Adventist Medical Center at past 1:00 PM. Serenading and praying for the sick were a dose of healing to me as well. Seeing the sick people smiling even for awhile, brought indescribable joy. Instead of focusing to what would make me happy that day, it helped me be selfless, although I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Then we went to Luneta Park at almost 4:00 PM for the other activities. Free hugs (captured by TV5), free serenade (my first time to sing to stranger couples in a crowd: Panalangin, Kahit Maputi na ang Buhok, I Promise) with Channell, Vian (guitar) & new found friends Patrick & Joemer (beat box & guitar). We gave love cards & heart stuff & greeted people. Make new friends, pray for the couples. OYiM team gave food to street kids & people on the way home. ‘Twas an extraordinary day overflowing with joy & love!
Making a Difference in Places Filled with Indifference
Keiko Le_SAUM (Vietnam)
Alvianus Saleppang_EIUM (East Indonesia)
Lokash Ridoy Gabil_BAUM (Bangladesh)
Mariano da Cruz_TLA (Timor-Leste)
Zaw Min Htike_MYUM (Myanmar)
Kham Phouliphan_SAUM (Laos)
Sophal Sen_SAUM (Cambodia)
Deonnel Peren_SPUC (Southern Philippines)
Junianson Siagian_WIUC (West Indonesia)
John Michael Docot_NPUC (Northern Philippines)
Ephraim ArriesgadoCPUC (Central Philippines)
Atif Arif PKUM (Pakistan)
It takes a lot of courage and faith to step out of your comfort zone and go to places that are unfamiliar and dangerous. And yet, if Christ’s compassion constrains you to do whatever possible ways to help humankind, you can make a big difference.
And the love you spread will grow bountifully and yield a harvest unexpectedly. In God’s time.
Learn more about each team and their projects at http://www.oyimssd.org/
© 2014 LAF
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