Clothing the naked:
Many of our Filipino friends are extremely poor and lack basic necessities, including food and clothing. They are always extremely grateful for anything we can give them. One of our missionary interns visited the families below and brought them clothing donations that had been sent from America.
|A young mother with her children.|
|An elderly couple caring for their disabled daughter and one of their grandsons.|
The Obedencio family:
Our friends perhaps most in need on the island, the Obedencio family, experienced both joys and losses this year. Their son Louie passed away in March, but your donations are still supporting their family on a weekly basis for food, medical expenses, and other necessities.
|Louie's sister Fe receiving physical therapy for her cerebral palsy.|
Their father Irenao is physically disabled as well and has not been able to stand and support himself in over a year. This October, thanks to ongoing therapy, he stood up and even took a few steps! Our sponsored college students have gotten involved with this ministry, visiting the family, bringing them food, and helping transport them to therapy.
|Our students helping Irenao to practice standing.|
Speaking of our sponsored college students, they have far exceeded our expectations and, with the help of your financial support, are thriving in their academic, personal, and spiritual lives! Each has his or her own story, but as a whole they are an inspiring witness to me of what the Lord can do when young willing hearts are encouraged to grow, learn, and use their God-given talents to serve others.
|Second-year graduation...two years down and two to go!|
|Preparing to release the beetles onto the trees.|
|A Christmas hike!|
|Our sponsored students enjoying a Christmas dinner at the missionary house!|
The young woman on the left is Id Von, one of our previously sponsored students who is now discerning with an order of religious sisters in Manila. We are excited for her to be following God's call!
For the past year and a half, your donations made it possible for one of our littlest patients, baby Ariel, to receive daily heart medication and to travel back and forth to the mainland for appointments with the cardiologist. Thanks be to God, the hole in his heart has now closed up!
|This was Ariel in May 2016. He's much bigger (and healthier) now!|
|Francisco excited to have finished the surgery, and his proud father.|
This is just a snapshot of the many wonders God has done this year in the people of Sagay. Thank you for your faithful support...together we are building His Kingdom here on earth!