Fullness in Christ Ministries (FCM) started its annual mission trip to the Philippines the first week of February 2016. A team of seven people from the United States are meeting with 23 pastors, and hundreds of children, out in the field during the three week mission trip. What follows is one of several field updates from the team:
“Pastor Frank come play with me,” the little boy in the picture appears to be saying. When we visited the garbage dumpsite last Saturday, the children were ready to play. They were so happy to see us and enjoyed the bananas and bread and other goodies we brought for them. What they really wanted more than anything was attention and our team gave it to them in abundance.
We also handed out more than 100 toothbrushes and toothpaste that were donated by one of our sponsors back home. They were all so excited. After all the children received them, the mothers came and asked if they could have one, too. Most of the families living here cannot buy a toothbrush for every family member and toothpaste is an unaffordable luxury. The same toothbrush is shared by many. So, such a gift is very special to them.
This location was our first in the Philippines. We have been working in this location for about 15 years. We have watched as sponsored children, who did not have a chance at life, have grown into beautiful, and handsome, young people who are educated, godly servants. They are young people who are in the process of rising out of poverty.
In church on Sunday morning, sponsored young people in high school and college were leading in praise and worship and helping with the younger children. Sponsors made their rise out of poverty possible.
Some would say, “Why do you do this? Don’t you know there will always be poor people?” My answer to that is “Yes, that is true, but those we help today will not be among the poor tomorrow. There will be another batch.” God likes it when we give to and bless the poor. That is reason enough.
On Saturday, we saw the “next batch” of poor children who need help. Those we saw were young – elementary age. Most are not sponsored. One little girl came to the pastor while we were there and asked if he would accept her to be sponsored. He said she comes to him almost every week and asks the same thing. We could sponsor more than 100 today. God may speak to your heart about being part of what He wants to do among the people and in the nation of the Philippines. You can respond by sponsoring children or helping to feed them through our “Food for Learning” program.
Pray about it. If God speaks to you about being part of what He will do on this remote island, you can visit our website at www.fullnessinchristministries.org to learn more about our programs and to donate to help these children. You will be blessed.