Friday, December 30, 2011

Floods in the Philippines

Metro Ministries posted this on 22nd December 2011...

"Today we sent 700 kilos of fortified rice meals to our partner churches in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City. Thank you to Crest Foundation and to Philippine Airlines for assisting us."
They also posted the report from Cagayan:- "We are on going relief operation right now; we just do with what we have. Our city has no running potable water because the pumping station was destroyed. Ninety-seven sponsored children are directly affected and more than thirty lost their homes. On our children from Macanhan (Balulang) New Life Site there was none reported dead yet, but... at Isla de Oro where another church is doing Sunday School there was 5 kids attending SSS reported dead and many missing.

Stinky odor of dead animal bodies covered the whole place, dead human bodies are scattered at the road near funeral parlors, most of them children and old people.I could still recall the voices during the night because it happened at around 11pm, cries calling for help but we could nothing because the water current is so strong and leveling the bridge and it was dark because electric power was shut down."

I thank God for the whole way He arranged the timing of my visit to the Philippines... If I had not joined Asiaworks in July... If I had not been in LP in August... If I had not planned my trip to the Philippines just before CREST wanted to visit the Philippines and asked us to link them up with Metro... None of this could have been set in motion.

And still I think, how blessed we are to live in a country where such disasters are so far away, we forget they happen.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Leaders of Today!

Somebody tell me where the time has flown? This Friday, the new Leaders in the City, LP150, will walk in.

And wasn't it just yesterday I sat at the back watching the individuals of MB150 sitting, stiff, shy, brash etc. as they waited for their first session in the Basic to begin?

Here they are, ready to RAWK the City! Strong, bold, courageous, loving, giving, contributing... the list goes on and on! Ready to practise all they have learnt into their Being in the world.

Let's go, LP150! Lead all the way!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Can I ever find the words to describe what it is like to see people transform and blossom and shine and fly? Joy upon joys to see the graduates of MB150 graduating as MA151!!! I was so proud and indescribably happy! I wish I had been in the room to see them grow and change.... but it was enough to see them on Sunday at graduation.

I really could do this work forever!!!

Meanwhile, buzy as anything with two camps coming up for Rumah Charis and Annai Illam and East Timor Leste refugee orphans, and I haven't even got a good grip yet on Expedition AGAPE which planning must start soon. Its buzy-crazy around here!

I am overjoyed to see people celebrating by giving this Christmas... City Harvest has invited Rumah Hope and Precious Children Home for their Emerge Junior... HURRAH! How the kids will love that! And Cybercare has organized rock climbing and high-elements... the youths will be so excited!

Pst Avanzini taught in church last Sunday to give our best Christmas present to Jesus... I think Jesus would love the way people around me are celebrating His birthday this year!

I cannot say a bigger thank You to God for the beautiful people I know... How blessed, blessed, blessed am I!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Team True Colours

I am so blessed... I have an amazing team in the Basic... Beautiful, powerful, strong, loving, caring and giving... I enjoy seeing them grow and test the limits with risks... Taking steps each day to grasp the changes ahead for them to reveal that incredible person they really are inside.

I am privileged to serve :>

Thursday, November 10, 2011

100% Giving

I thought that I am a Giver.

Then I joined Asiaworks. And at each level, I learn more about what being a Giver TRULY is!

I thought at LP, I had gone further than ever before in being a Giver, because I focused so much on my LP Team winning.

Now I am staffing the Basic. I have learnt that I still have a long ways to go in being a Giver!

I wonder what staffing Advanced and senioring LP will be like? I'm wary of senioring because when I look at what Givers the seniors are, and how far they have to go for each of us, I wonder if I can go the distance!

It's humbling .... What an incredibly beautiful experience Giving is.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Metro Manila Philippines - Smokey Mountain

Houses in Smokey Moutain

A little girl standing in front of the excavators

We walked on rubbish trampled feet deep

Houses standing on the sea

This lady lost her house in the floods.

Sweetest grin as he does the washing.

This spunky lass wouldn't let go of my hand!

As beautiful as a princess... she has spindly handicapped legs, and so she uses these wonderful wheelchairs that I will always be grateful to the inventor for... cheap lawn chairs turned into cheap wheelchairs for disabled people in the developing world.

Smokey Mountain!

The children love their siblings and take good care of them.

Trudging deeper and deeper... Normally peeps will not go into Smokey Mountain as it is considered dangerous.

The children are always beautiful

Waiting in excited anticipation...

Metro Manila Philippines

This was in Purok Valley. The people are seafarers who came inland to make their fortune, but ended up begging on the streets, mothers and children alike.

The team chilling out after a hard day's work.

This little girl's angelic look is deceptive; the naughty minx kept running up to me and hitting me and then running off! She lives in Old Smokey Mountain in the tenement flats set up by the govt.

Nathalynn made a terrific clown!

I was touched that these tough guys with their tattoos and all were still captivated with the performance.

Uncle Buttons kept serving inspite of the heat.

This little girl was so fascinated, she ran in front of the lines! *lols*

The children waiting in line for their turn to go in.

Cheeky kids sitting amongst the rubbish thrown out from the flats.

It poured with rain, but these are tough kids wei!

When the rain poured, the tarps became umbrellas!

This little girl bent doubled will always have my heart... She is hunchbacked but look at that spunky grin!

Games time!

See.... we may come from a country far away... but heart to heart, we are the same.

These young men are powerful! They are already serving as helpers!

Nine year old preacher! And he did so well!

Even in the mountains there are garbage mountains where children sift thru rubbish...

Isn't she adorable? Annalyn's neighbour.

My sponsored child's family.

Finally a promise kept... Meeting my precious girl after all these years.

This was our 'vehicle' .... little carriages that can be plucked on and off the railway tracks!