This is Vince, Princess Camille and Emilie. They are friends who live at a garbage dumpsite. Their pastor took the photo above one day when they showed up to help clean the church.
The three of them have been sponsored and because of the help they receive, they go to school every day. Arrangements have been made with a canteen near the school for the children to get “viand” (a mixture of meat and vegetables that usually goes over rice) for their lunch every day. They are very thankful for the help they receive.
Below are notes received this week from these 3 children. “Ate” is the Filipino children’s affectionate term for “an older sister or aunt, someone special to them” in English. We hope you enjoy reading their notes as much as we have:
From Vince – Dear Ate Kathy and Sponsor, I thank the Lord that He gave me a sponsor to help me in school. I can eat my lunch with viand now because my pastor is paying it weekly. Before I only ate rice. Thank you my sponsor and Ate Kathy. About my health I am well and healthy. I help my pastor clean the church and also regularly attend Sunday service. I learn many Bible verses now. Please pray that I can finish my school and also my other brothers and my sister.
From Princess Camille – Dear Sponsor and Ate Kathy, I am so glad that God heard my prayers about my sickness. I got a cough and my tonsil was painful. Now it’s healed. I praise God my parents are in good health. My mother and I attend Sunday service, but I am praying that Papa will also come. In the house I help my mother wash our plates after eating. When my task is over, I study my lessons because my mother is angry if I don’t study. So I have to study well. I like it because she helps me study my lessons which is why my grades in all subjects are good, but I don’t like Math!
From Emelie – Dear Sponsor and Ate Kathy, Thank you Lord for helping me in my studies and also with my lunch. That is what I prayed because I always ate only rice in school without viand. I thank You, God, that sometimes my classmates would share their food with me. But now I just go to the School Canteen to choose what I like for my rice because Pastor Lilian has paid it. I like vegetables or pancit with cabbage in it. In the house I watch my younger brothers and sister. On Saturdays we go together to the Feeding that our Pastor is doing for us. I also attend Sunday worship. About my health: there are times I have headache, but I just pray and I am healed. I have a new teacher because the former one was promoted as principal. My new one always calls on me in times of asking questions because I raise my hands each time there is a question and my answer is right. Praise the Lord.
Your help is a vital part of God’s plan to give very poor children hope for a better future than would be possible without your help. You can be part of giving hope to some very poor children in the Philippines. Your gifts change young lives forever. We need more sponsors. Many children at the same garbage site where these children live need to be sponsored. They are not in school and have very poor diets. Your gifts change young lives forever. For more information about sponsoring children through Fullness in Christ Ministries, go to www.fullnessinchristministries.org to learn how you can get involved in transforming the lives of these children.