|Posted by feedmindanaochildren on March 31, 2013 at 2:45 PM||comments (2)|
Happy Easter. I wish to thank my sister-in-law, Janet; my mother-in-law, Anita as well as Gagay and Ai Ai for representing Walk THY Talk Ministries in the feeding of Olingen village in Mindanao, Philippines. Unfortunately I am having a problem with the website and can not post additional photots. I hope I can resolve this shortly. We just purchased 500 mb additional storage for the site but unfortunately it did not resolve the problem. When it is resolved I will post the pictures of the feeding. In the interim they have been posted on our facebook page Walk THY Talk Ministries so you can view them there.
God bless and we wish everyone a glorious Easter.
|Posted by feedmindanaochildren on July 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM||comments (0)|
Last month my wife Jeanny and I were discussing how to celebrate Tom, our son's, upcoming third birthday. We talked about having a party here, in Florida, and inviting her Filipina friends, some of whom have children. We also talked about taking Tom to Disney World which is only 60 miles away. At the end of the conversation she suggested that we throw a party in her family's village in Mindanao and invite all the children there. I was so proud of her for suggesting such a thing and immediately agreed with her.
Luke 14:13 "But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind."
I don't think there were any crippled, lame or blind children there but they were all definitely poor. Although my son's birthday, here in Florida, was not ignored....he got a birthday cake and a bicycle (with trainer wheels), it was not an opulent event.
I know that Tom doesn't understand yet, but I hope when he is old enough to see what we did that he will embrace it and make it part of his life to continue to do the same thing on each of his birthdays and derive a feeling of satisfaction in taking a step in God's word.
|Posted by feedmindanaochildren on June 6, 2012 at 11:05 AM||comments (0)|
We found out last month that my wife, Jeanny, is expecting another child. This was not something that we had planned and actually had been very careful without reverting to any form of birth control except for using the Rhythm system.
Our first born, Thomas Albert. was born in the Philippines in 2009 and the cost of the natural delivery was about $100. It came as quite a shock as to what the cost will be for the delivery of our second child, considering we have no health care (I am covered by the Veteran's Administration but it does not cover my wife or son). But I know that if God leads you to it then God will get you through it. He tests our faith at times. Add to that the fact that Jeanny is having a very difficult pregnancy in terms of morning sickness. She had one very difficult night in which she threw up the entire night. The doctor said that if it happens again that she must go to the hospital for an IV. Out of curiosity I asked what the cost of that might be (in order to prepare)...and was told it would cost about $1,000.00. .....And I thought bottled water was expensive.
So anyone reading this, I'd appreciate you taking a moment and praying for Jeanny and the baby expected to arrive December 21st, 2012 (we were thinking of calling her Mya, if a girl, since she is expected to arrive on the day the Mayan calendar ends...but we decided that Gabriella is a much more Christian name after the Arch Angel Garbriel).
But whenever I get anxious about the coming event, I look at how blessed I am that, at the age of 66 I am expecting my second child in 3 years after having been given 3 months to live in 2004 when I was diagnosed with throat cancer. God has truly performed miracles in my life.
|Posted by feedmindanaochildren on May 8, 2012 at 7:40 PM||comments (0)|
Everyone wonders why bad things happen to good people and everyone has a belief as to why it happens. My personal belief is that, like Job of the Old Testament, our faith is tested. We can wonder why someone so very needy doesn't buy the winning lottery ticket while someone very wealthy wins the lottery. I believe that we aren't aware of what temptations may come with winning the lottery. You might be in a very happy marriage but having financial struggles and winning the lottery would solve all your problems....but it may also bring many temptations that could destroy your spiritual well being.
I have had a somewhat sad, yet very enlightening experience in my campaign to raise funds for EmEm, whose picture of her deformed back appears on this website. I reached out to many of my associates and friends from my past and my present. In one particular case my wife and I had taken care of one wealthy couple's children while they had enjoyed their date night. The children enjoyed it so much that they asked to stay the weekend, then another, and another....about ten weekends in all. We did not ask for any renumeration or even for reimbursement for money spent on the food for them. We were happy to do it and we enjoy the children.
That is why I was surprised when they declined to contribute toward Em Em's operation when I reached out to them. We were given excuses about the expense of the new half million dollar house they had just purchased as well as other expenses.
On the other end of the spectrum there were a few friends from my past, who had not heard from me since I had gone to the Philippines. A couple of them I knew were not doing so well financially but I included them in the email I sent out to many. Ironically these were the very people who contributed what they could. Just like the Widow's Mite from the Bible, their gift was so greatly appreciated.
I am certain that things happen for a reason and if one small event happens in your life it has a ripple effect. I think about my dog, BB, who I loved so very much and who passed away in 2007 when I was in Hong Kong for three months. As many times as I had taken him to the veteranian for checkups, they had never detected that he had cancer. I loved that dog so very much and cried many nights after he died. Had he lived he would be 13 years old today. But I would not have gone to the Philippines. I would not have started the ministry. I would not have met my wife and I would not have, Tom, my 2 year old son, nor would I be expecting our second child due in December.
So although I may not win the lottery and I may not be able to open an orphanage in Mindanao this year or next, I know that God looks out for my spiritual well being while testing my faith every now and then with trials and tribulations.
|Posted by feedmindanaochildren on August 16, 2011 at 5:05 PM||comments (0)|
My wife Jeanny, my two year old son Thomas Albert and I are here in Cape Canaveral, Florida. I attended Catholic services at a local church in Cocoa Beach this Sunday where I listened to a 75 year old visiting priest from New Orleans give a passionate sermon on how we treat immigrants in the US. He stressed that immigrants don't want handouts, they want work....He also reflected on the Great Depression and how there were signs posted "Help wanted, Italians and Polish need not apply"....and he stressed that he feared things were heading that way politically again in this country. He reminded us that Jesus would want us to help immigrants in any way we can by volunteering in any way possible..
I noticed that one man left in the middle of the sermon and I thought perhaps he had gone to the restroom (CR) but the man never returned so I assumed he did not agree with the message that the old priest was giving.
At the end of the lengthy sermon I wanted to applaud but knew it was inappropriate...however, the woman in the pew behind me, which was the last pew in the church, began to applaud. She was the only one applauding so I joined her in the applause. I saw several people turn around and look (rather sternly, I thought) at us...but then one by one I heard others joining in the applause until about half of the congregation was applauding the old man's message.
I stayed after the service to talk to the priest and it turns out that he is good friends with a Monsignor friend of mine in Miami.
As I walked away I thought about what had just happened. It was obvious that, even inside that one church, there was mixed feelings about what that old priest was saying which shows how divided the country is on the issue of immigrants.
I made sure to thank the woman who sat behind me for having the courage to start applauding and that I had wanted to but thought it might be inappropriate. She said "Sometimes you have to do the right thing even if it's inappropriate." How true that is.
|Posted by feedmindanaochildren on February 27, 2011 at 10:59 PM||comments (0)|
As I mentioned in my last blog update, we gave the wheelchair donated by OneWorldInstitute to Hymie, who is a 13 year old polio victim. Hymie has one younger brother and three younger sisters who attend school but Hymie has never attended school since Kindergarden. Having just learned this, I spoke to a Filipiino pastor friend of mine who I sometimes work with and asked him to speak with them to see if they could arrange for Hymie to get to school now that he has a wheelchair and he did. Hymie will be attending the first grade starting in June and he is very excited about this. I feared that he would be have feelings other than elation by the thoughts of being 13 years old and in the first grade but he does not. He is outwardly excited at the prospects which made me tearfully happy that you and I could help this child in such a way. We will sponsor the child ($35 a year) for supplies and uniforms. Thank you to all the supporters for helping make this possible. We have literally changed a poor, handicapped child's life. God bless.
|Posted by feedmindanaochildren on February 23, 2011 at 12:28 AM||comments (0)|
Yesterday we received a wheelchair through One World Institute, to be given to a crippled child in the Baranguy Tuboc Sur. The wheelchair is uniquely constructed to hold up under the harsh conditions some of the roads hold.
Although I have not yet met Dr. Thomas Stern and his wife Yolanda, the philanthropists responsible for this project, I have the utmost respect for them and their work. Their charity takes them to Jolo and other parts of Mindanao where few Westerners dare to trek in order to distribute these chairs to Christians, Buddhists, Hindus or Muslims with no partiality to creed and no apparent agenda except to, as Christ taught, help the poor.
We will be giving the wheelchair to Hymie this week as soon as the rain stops here in Oroquieta City and I will post the pictures on the site.
God bless you Dr. Sterns and Mrs. Sterns.
|Posted by feedmindanaochildren on February 18, 2011 at 9:21 PM||comments (0)|
In the news release yesterday, the World Bank chief, Robert Zoelick, stated that due to the increase in food prices, in the past 7 months, since June, 2010 forty-four million more people in developing countries are in "extreme poverty".
This means that over six million people are slipping into "extreme poverty" every month in developing countries.
Unless you have lived in a third world country then it is difficult to comprehend that kind of poverty.
If one is a Christian then it is following the message that Jesus gave us when he was here to help the poor. Luke 3:11 "Let the man with two tunics share with him who has none and let him who has food do likewise." Luke 12:33 "Sell your possessions and give to charity."
When things are difficult is when it is the hardest to give, but I firmly believe that the greater the sacrifice the greater the reward. Luke 21:1-4 "And he looked up and saw the rich men that were casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw a certain poor widow casting a thither two Mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, this poor widow in more than they all, for all these did of their superfluity cast in unto the gifts; but she of her want did cast all the living that she had."
I think it is clear how much emphasis God puts on the sacrifice associated with our charity. While we may have to sacrifice by having chicken instead of steak, we help those who don't have those options and at the same time I know that we put a smile on God's face.
|Posted by feedmindanaochildren on July 21, 2010 at 9:38 AM||comments (0)|
Posted on 11:44 PM, July 20, 2010
Hunger remains high in RPOver 20% in the last three quarters -- SWSHUNGERCONTINUES to haunt many Filipino families, with the Social WeatherStations’ (SWS) overall measure barely improving and more claiming tohave frequently lacked anything to eat.
The number of households which experienced involuntaryhunger at least once in the last three months was at 21.1%, equivalentto some four million families and down very slightly from March’s21.2%, results of a June SWS survey showed.
Hunger has now been over 20% for the last three quarters, theSWS said, taking into account the record 24% notched last December 2009.
The average since 1998 has risen to 13.6%.
Although overall hunger hardly changed, its composition worsenedgiven increased severe hunger (experiencing it "often" or "always")coupled with a drop in moderate ("only once" or a "few times")responses.
Severe hunger rose to 4.2%, equivalent to some 780,000 families,from 2.8% (530,000) previously. Moderate hunger, meanwhile, fell to16.9% (3.2 million) from 18.4% (2.4 million).
"Thus the severely hungry became 20% of the overall hungry, up from 13% in the previous quarter," the SWS said.
A Cabinet official asked to comment on the results said thegovernment was in the process of reviewing all programs related toaddressing hunger, while an economist said the data highlighted theneed to address poverty.
By geographical area, hunger rose in Metro Manila to 22%(550,000 families) from 17.3% and in Mindanao to 26% (1.1 million) from24%.
It declined in the rest of Luzon to 18.3% (1.5 million) from20.9%, and was hardly changed in the Visayas at 21% (790,000) from21.1%.
Broken down, moderate hunger rose in Metro Manila (19% from13.3%), fell in the Balance of Luzon (14% from 18.1%) and in theVisayas (17.3% from 18.8%), and barely moved in Mindanao (21% from21.4%).
The new rates , the SWS said, "are higher than their 12-year averages for all areas."
Severe hunger, meanwhile, rose in all areas except Metro Manilawhere it was down a point to 3%. It rose to 5% from 2.6% in Mindanao,to 4.3% from 2.8% in the rest of Luzon, and to 3.7% from 2.3% in theVisayas.
The SWS said the severe hunger rates were also higher thantheir 12-year averages in all areas except Metro Manila, where thelatest score was slightly lower than the 3.5% average.
Told of the results, Social Welfare and Development chiefCorazon J. Soliman said the government was seeking to improve thecoverage of its services.
In particular, "The conditional cash transfer is ongoing andeffective but we are looking for areas of improvement particularly inthe delivery of the cash," Ms. Soliman said.
For his part, University of Asia and the Pacific economistVictor A. Abola said: "It goes to show that despite the gains of thelast quarter ... the new administration should give [importance] tolower the poverty rate [by providing] regular long standing jobs."
"It also supports my view that drastic reduction in poverty isthe number one priority of the new administration. And this can be doneonly by growing faster at 7-8% and having a weaker peso, as these areemployment drivers," he added.
The SWS survey, conducted last June 25 to 28, utilizedface-to-face interview of 1,200 adults nationwide. The error marginsused were ±3% for national and ±6% for area percentages. -- Ana Mae G. Roa
|Posted by feedmindanaochildren on May 28, 2010 at 9:12 AM||comments (0)|
Sometimes I get downheartened when I see the immense poverty in Mindanao and even in Manila. When there is a brownout....which there is every single day here in Mindanao which lasts from 4 to 8 hours a day, I get hot and frustrated.
But then I see the smiling faces of these children who are so receptive to Christianity. It is part of the culture here. I take for granted the freedom that they have to post "God is good all the time" on their motorcabs or even on their government buildings.
Despite being in Mindanao where Muslim rebels cause some problems, I don't feel the persecution toward Christians that others in ministry work experience. I just read an article that talked about the persecutions of Christians in the world and it made me realize how easy we Christians have it how are living in countries where this does not exist. To read the article click on the link