Compassion and Courage


too cute and cuddly :) I wish I could just bring him home

Too cute and cuddly🙂 I wish I could just bring him home. We’re sandwiched by Janath  Dananjana and Roanne Stanyer

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.

for the L ve of Christ constrains me, I CAN'T SAY NO TO HIM!

For the love of Christ constrains me,
I CAN’T SAY NO TO HIM!

Courageous Compassion

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.

An exceptional date with God, spent in spreading platonic love among His people.

An exceptional date with God, spent in spreading platonic love among His people.

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!

Instead of a serenade booth, we roamed around to look for couples. Singing our hearts out, serenading a couple :D

Instead of a serenade booth, we roamed around to look for couples.
Singing our hearts out loud, serenading a couple😀

This man, beaming with joy held his head while we're singing "Kahit Maupti na Ang Buhok Ko". Before the song fades, he was given a token to give to his lover.

This man, beaming with joy held his head while we’re singing “Kahit Maupti na Ang Buhok Ko”. Before the song fades, he was given a token to give to his lover.

On lookers enjoy watching the serenading and giving of flowers to lovers in Luneta Park.

On lookers enjoy watching the serenading and giving of flowers to lovers.

Sealing the serenade with prayer for the couple.

Sealing the serenade with prayer for the couple.

Anthony Stanyer, the Lead Coordinator at One Year In Mission SSD, and SSD Representative at One Year in Mission, New York, shared the warmth of compassion.

Anthony Stanyer, the Lead Coordinator at One Year In Mission SSD, and SSD Representative at One Year in Mission, New York, shared the warmth of compassion.

free and unconditional love: freely received, freely given

free and unconditional love: freely received, freely given

love begets love a note given by one of the recipients of compassion :)

love begets love
a note given by one of the recipients of compassion🙂

I was tired and exhausted at the end of the day, but invigorated in a special way.

I was tired and exhausted at the end of the day, but invigorated in a special way.

Making a Difference in Places Filled with Indifference

OYiM Task Force

OYiM Task Force

One Year In Mission SSD Task Force is ready to serve Jesus Christ! OYIM-SSD is lead by Anthony Stanyer and directed by Pastor Jobbie Yabut and Gilbert Cangy. One Year in Mission Phase Two runs from December 2, 2013 to May 17, 2014 as a youth initiative to run side by side with the Mission to the Cities event in Manila called Hope Manila 14 (iCARE14) to share the Hope of Jesus Christ to the City of Manila.
Here are the 13 representatives of Southern Asia-Pacific Division’s One Year in Mission (OYiM Phase 2):
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)
Janath Dananjana_SLM (Sri Lanka)
OYiM-SSD is harmonizing through 13 people in 3 teams. Learn more about each team and their projects at www.oyimssd.org/projects

OYiM-SSD is harmonizing through 13 people in 3 teams.

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

Note: Photos credit to Aiz Barcelo and OYiM Documentation Team. This blog has a copyright . The photos and article should not be used, reproduced and manipulated by any means without a written request and consent from the author.

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