Museo Pambata Book Donation

Last June 18 of this year, we traveled to Museo Pambata Foundation Inc., to pick up their books donation.  We were blessed to have received two boxes of diverse children’s books from Ms. Charlot Cachuela and Director for Program Ms. Noreen Parafina supporting our Teach Them Well project that our family was prompted to start in our local community.

Museo Pambata Teach Them Well Book Donation

This is a fantastic first donation from the before-mentioned group to engage and develop our community to reading, connecting, and learning.

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Committed Volunteers of the Foundation Program Department busy preparing their materials…

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“Opened in 1994, Museo Pambata is the dream come true of Nina Lim-Yuson, an early childhood educator and mother of four, who once brought her young children to the Boston Children’s Museum in America. They had so much fun with the museum’s hands-on exhibits that she wished there was a similar place back home where her kids – and the millions of Filipino children – can learn and have fun at the same time.” Continue Reading…

And not just that, before we left we were given a complimentary tour and  explored the Aklatang Pambata as well as the rest of the facility of the Museum.

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Some of the children in our community benefiting from reading the donated books…

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Our gratitude to the wonderful-kind key persons and the rest of the staff for the quick response to the small beginning of Teach Them Well community Reading and growth.

 

If you are prompted to support this community development and you would like to donate books, we say a big thank you and please get in touch with us here.  To God be the glory.

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Four Faces of Spiritual Poverty

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Yeshua.”-Romans 6:23

 

All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him? -Psalm 35:10

“Darkness hovered upon the face of the deep” … “and God said, “Let there be light, and there [it] was.” -Genesis 1

  • Some hide themselves as a people who live a life of richness, luxury and materialism.  Who can afford of everything–good houses, nice cars, beautiful clothes, pictures of themselves eating at expensive restaurants, luxurious travels–but are really facing a humungous amount of credit card debts.  They live a life of possessions, possessed by possessions but really own a false identity.

 

  • Some hide themselves as a people who are always ready to say YES to others who are asking monetary helped and never say NO.  These are the type of people who doesn’t have expectation from others.   They don’t know how to stop giving to the point of giving even their whole selves, nothing left to be.  They are experiencing poverty by shouldering the poverty of others plus themselves.   Themselves being in debt because of the debt of others.  They don’t practice the 6 letter word, “ENOUGH” !

 

  • Some hide themselves as a people of can’t afford, who are always wanting, who keep saying that they don’t have enough.  These are the people who never recognize their obvious blessings.   It’s easy to identify them through the words that coming out of their mouth.  “I don’t have money for ___,” when they make it not their place.  They are the energy suckers.  They just keep the blessings, ignore the potential within themselves, and they don’t share; they let it die in their hands.  Another characteristic of this type of poverty is seen as they put pressure on you to do something for them, projecting themselves in very desperate situation and making you feel guilty of not helping them.  But they aren’t aware of it.  They are inside of this mask that they themselves don’t even notice.

 

  • The fourth face of poverty are those people who are the most hated by today’s society.   People who are hidden in darkness.  They are the dark (night) walkers or criminals.    Poverty lurked in their souls, feeding on it.  They are in a deep pit of darkness that conceals the light of their souls swallowing it in a shadow, which is DEATH.  They feed themselves and their children through the blood of their victims.   They become trapped in an unending of stealing, killing and destroying.  They are the robbers, murderers, liers, thieves, and idol worshippers, adulterers??? Their only resource is to take their own lives (really the light) as easily as they can but are keepers only of themselves.

And as we have reported in this blog, we have seen these faces, these masks, being used by the enemy to control people.  The accuser makes it seems like an economics calculation, but really, it is a spiritual battle.  Our resolves remain the same, that as ambassadors for the Kingdom of Heaven, we are called to do the will of God as proclaimed in the book of Isaiah chapter 61.  If you are reading this, know that you too are hereby equipped to lift up life from right where you are right now:
 1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

4 And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.

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Father’s Day Robbery!

We had an experience this Fathers Day morning when we woke and found that we had been robbed while we were sleeping. We noticed a few, small petty material things and some Pesos were stolen, and we saw that the window screens were broken.

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Some of our belongings scattered outside.

The thought that first came to our minds, the passage in John 10 (NLT)
10a The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy….. But one thing that cannot be taken from us is the free gift of salvation, hope and life….

John 10:10b My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

So then, we remembered our resolve…

Psalm 14
For the choir director: A psalm of David.

1 Only fools say in their hearts,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and their actions are evil;
not one of them does good!
2 The Lord looks down from heaven
on the entire human race;
he looks to see if anyone is truly wise,
if anyone seeks God.
3 But no, all have turned away;
all have become corrupt.[a]
No one does good,
not a single one!
4 Will those who do evil never learn?
They eat up my people like bread
and wouldn’t think of praying to the Lord.
5 Terror will grip them,
for God is with those who obey him.
6 The wicked frustrate the plans of the oppressed,
but the Lord will protect his people.
7 Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel?
When the Lord restores his people,
Jacob will shout with joy, and Israel will rejoice.

 

If anyone may try to reach us in our SUN mobile number, 09255281522, it is not here… please just message us here.
We also ask the body of Christ to pray with us to demolish the evil doings in this community, to pray for our protection in doing the Teach Them Well ministry, and to bring repentance and Godly change.  To God be the Glory Forever and Amen.

Up to date, we were advised by our elder (father) to report the said incident to the police, and our response was to honor his words.  Please pray with us for wisdom, and peace as we face this spiritual battle.   Our desire is the will of God to be done not ours.

 

Beginner Yoga

How are you all doing beautiful homemakers? Its been a while after my last chat with you.  Our previous days were like a roller-coaster ride, plus we welcomed a family guest but as always my husband and I reminded each other…the good thing about it is God is in control.  Anyway, I just want to update and at the same time follow-up you all. Remember, the post I wrote the Seven Commitment of a Homemaker, and one of the commitment I made was to be Be healthy Physically. Well the latest update was,  I recommit myself to restart Yoga phase. I found this Beginner Yoga Workout Video by Exercise TV and believe me, it is much easier to follow and relaxing to do.  I actually like how the trainer Meaghan Towsend (athlete) explained clearly and give an example in doing the pose properly in a more fun way.

Joshua and I became hooked with Yoga since the last quarter of 2015. He was diagnosed to have a lumbar levoscoliosis with compensatory thoracic destroscoliosis  on his lower back. His Physical Therapist suggested this exercise for him to at least train his muscle to become more flexible, and for him to develop a good posture not to cause greater damage in his scoliosis and to manage it.  As for me I like doing Yoga because it actually helps me to manage my sciatica and helps me to become more flexible given that we are not getting any younger anymore, and mostly I sweat while doing it for about 18 minutes daily.  Not bad ha?

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And wait there’s more health benefits to reap in doing Yoga.  According  www.osteopathic.org some of these are:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality
  • Maintaining a balanced metabolism
  • Weight reduction
  • Cardio and circulatory health
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Protection from injury

I also noticed that, while doing the stretching and sweating, I experienced a deep sense of mental relaxation.  Managing stress well is one of the top priorities in our home. Since I was born and grew up in the Philippines, one of the way I cope up with stress is socializing with our families and friends.  Joshua, who was born and grew in the USA copes with stress through music therapy and self-medication.  Developing a healthy habit like yoga is part of us becoming more accountable to each other as we become healthier, creating a blissful home not just for us but also to our daughter.

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I found my encouragement from the passage of Hebrews 10:24-25 which says,

Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

I will say again what I said before, ladies let’s encourage and empowered ourselves.  Exercise with me, and please if you can, link me to the list of your healthy food menus that is easy to prepare, and budget wise achievable.  Let us help each other. We are not meant to be alone, but instead we were created to be in a community. God gave us one another for our protection. The small group is a venue where God wants us to be a blessing. –CCF