Posted by: In: Uncategorized 15 Apr 2017 0 comments

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained from the world. James 1:27

Nanay Angelita is one of the widows that Hope for the Island has the privilege to know and support! She has always suffered with ulcers. Her life has been affected a lot with pain. Her financial situation is not good. She always has to borrow money to go for check ups or to buy medicine.

Nanay is discouraged a lot because there doesn’t seem to be any improvement.  Each time we visit we pray for and encourage her to hold on to God because He is our best Healer.

We stand with her in faith for some change in her health. When we visited her a while back, she was smiling and really thankful to God. She said God had used Hope for the Island to show God’s love to her.

She said that the time we spend with her and how we care for her is a big help. When we asked about her ulcer pain she looked at us  with a big smile on her face and said, “I am so thankful to God because I feel very good and my ulcer pain is gone”.

Posted by: In: Children 15 Apr 2017 0 comments

 

We are very excited and motivated about KIDS MINISTRY.  The grade 6 elementary kids have been encouraged by our leaders to lend a hand with the younger children during ministry time.

It is an opportunity for us to evaluate who has the right heart and attitude needed to be future assistants.  It is such a joy to see those with a desire, participating as an assistant. We believe it is important to provide for them a way to step out in faith and be used by God.  These real life encounters with loving God and others, directs them down a path of obedience to God’s Word and possible leadership.

They look forward to moving on into Youth Ministry once they enroll in Grade 7.  Current Hope for the Island staff such as Marygrace, Janise, Gina and Leah also started out as assistants in grade 6.  They know full well what life is like for these kids as they overcome obstacles, find hope in the love of Christ and discover His purpose for their life.

We feel as leaders, that Kids Ministry is a huge opportunity to invest in the upcoming generation of future leaders and parents in this community.  We know God has a plan for each one of their lives.  What can compare to being a part of guiding these impressionable kids into a secure identity as God’s children and witness them bear fruit for God’s glory!

Hope staff testimony:

“These are the children in my Kid’s Ministry.  They are praying for each other.  I’m thankful to God because I was able to see these kids do something that usually only adults do.  They really have their own faith already in God and we can see it lived out.  Glory and honor belongs to God”

Please meet some of the little ones in our Malnourished Program. First a little history…

Hope for the Island started feeding severely malnourished children one healthy meal per day in 2013.  We anticipated success and the results have been incredible.  We have always fed children healthy meals on our weekly outreaches because many kids are under nourished.  However, for the severely malnourished, we needed to step it up and fast.

Sadly, with no intervention many children will continue to suffer.  Deprived of nutrition, these kids are susceptible to other health complications that can be life threatening.

 

 

The need for this program became clear during follow up visits we had with the pregnant women who were part of our Prenatal Care program. When visiting these villages, we started hearing stories of kids whose basic needs were neglected.  As we sought out more information, we were led to some homes where we encountered precious children in such horrific conditions.

There was no time to be frustrated, angry or cast blame, rather pray how the Lord would have us help these children recover and be healthy.  Rural health Units (RHU) submit to us a list of kids in their vicinity that are in the greatest need. We go out each week to bring supplies of food and take time to care for and counsel these families. We currently receive a soup mix supply donated from Canada that has 16 varieties of nutritious veggies. Along with the soup mix we provide seasonal produce from our organic farm, rice and a milk supplement for each severely malnourished child.

 

Before a child is taken off this program, we make sure they are healthy and the parents are more equipped to care for and feed their children.  Their recovery can take from 4-8 months depending on the circumstances surrounding the child’s condition. With the help of dedicated Barangay health Workers (BHW), the children’s weight and home environment is monitored regularly. For some of these kids it is their first time eating veggies, so it takes time and persistence to help their bodies adjust to a proper balanced diet.

The cost per child is $30 CAD per month. If you would like to help feed a child for one year or one month  DONATE HERE

Posted by: In: Organic Farm 30 Jan 2017 0 comments

From Jenn: 

Hope Organic Farm Video

So many exciting things have been happening at Hope for the Island and we are only a month into 2017!  After our recent corporate prayer and fasting we have seen walls previously impenetrable start to come down!! Personal and ministry breakthroughs do come as we seek God and obey His Word.

Hope for the Island Organic Farm faced quite a few challenges in
2016, so we started off the year with a farm blessing. We gathered all Hope staff; local/foreign volunteers and a Pastor friend living close by.  We slaughtered and roasted a pig, shared a meal of thanksgiving and took time to pray over specific areas of struggle and over the farm property.  We also took time to pray over the farmers and bless them. It was a very moving time for all of us and it set us on a path of expectancy and joy for all that God has in store for this year.

Not even the typhoon that welcomed in the New Year and extensively damaged the roofing on four of our buildings, could dim the excitement we all have in our hearts!

 

We are currently launching our new Farm website at www.hopeorganicfarm.org . Our Swiss intern Dario has been a key player in putting all the information together and getting the website ready. As the ministry continues to aspire towards the goal of sustainability, this website will help us move more value added products across the Philippines like mushrooms, dried herbs, teas, meat rubs and marinades. I am excited to contribute to the farm blog on the site as well.

At the end of 2016 we built a new goat / sheep shelter. Thankfully the goats and sheep were safe and dry through the typhoon. The shelter was designed with a birthing room and a milking room. This addition has allowed us to start experimenting with goat milk / cheese.  We hope to be selling it soon as an additional value added product at the farm!! Please pray as we continue to move towards reaching our goal of sustaining the ministries through farm sales and food produced to feed malnourished kids.

 

Posted by: In: Staff 30 Jan 2017 0 comments

From Cristina:

God has been faithful through this last semester.  He continues to give me the ability to learn and absorb what is being taught.  The Lord is providing everything that is fulfilling the desires of my heart.  With each passing month I feel like my passion is growing and my heart is even more burdened for those who are destitute. I see Jesus’ life in the gospels in a more clear way. His humility and love for others was unmatched. I know the outcome of this Social Work degree is not going to be an occupation for me, rather a life calling.  It’s my prayer that I will be a bridge leading deprived people to the goodness of God.  Hosea 10:12 inspires me on during my studies.  We can never underestimate the power of a seed.  Planted seeds of love that are heart deep in ones life will bring impact.

During my semester break I enjoyed some nice rest.  I was also able to view the needs we face at Hope for the Island with a different perspective.  I can see areas we can improve and be more effective. As I spent time with the people in the community, it is clear that they need to enhance their abilities and learn skills that can help them break out of the cycle of poverty.  As leaders at HOPE, we will be working to gradually implement aspects learned from my schooling.  We need to look ahead so that generations to come will have hope.

Within Hope for the Island Malnourished program there are steps that we are taking to not only help restore the health of the child, but also to help prevent reoccurrence.  This comes from educating parents and guiding them to break free from poor habitual practices. Many superstitions held by the people contribute to the outbreak of many health problems.  It is our goal to see families become independent so that they can stand on their own once our support ends and the child is healthy.

Teaching families with malnourished children how to plant in small areas surrounding their home is a practical way to have food that they can harvest rather than missing meals or borrowing money to look for food.  Spending recreational time with these families outside of follow up home visitations is also a great way to connect with them and build relationships.

In each ministry we will continue to evaluate what are the greatest needs so we can accurately intervene and bless those God entrusts us to serve.  Thanks for the support and continue to pray for my schooling and success for Hope for the Island.

 

Cristina Espanto

Posted by: In: Mercy Ministry 23 Dec 2016 0 comments

Meet 23-year-old Reshel. She has only finished her 1st year of high school.

Her parents don’t know what has caused her disability. It started with her hands when she was five.  She used to live in Manila with her grandparents and had opportunity to go to a therapist and receive vitamins all free of charge.   A doctor indicated she does have a problem with her blood. Vague diagnosis or none at all is common.

She came to Siargao Island when she was 12 years old.  After being away from the source of vitamins and therapy, she got thinner.

Reshel has quit attending school because she is so self-conscious of her condition. Because of a lack of exercise, she is deteriorating more and more.  She longs to go back to school and to be more active.

Thank God we were able to get a much needed walker for her in Canada and it is on the way now in a box to the Philippines!

Vitamins and therapy are current needs.  Our remote location makes it costly to travel for the therapy.

Please continue to pray for her as she deals with these issues at such a young age. We are grateful for how God has already provided.  See a short video of Reshel

Posted by: In: Children 18 Dec 2016 0 comments

We did a Kid’s Ministry lesson that brought about some touching moments.

David chose not to react by hurting Saul even though Saul kept on attacking David.

The children were touched by God’s Word and decided to put into action what they learned. They wrote this message on a piece of paper:

“Even if you hurt me, still Jesus loves you and so do I”.

They then took brave steps to give this piece of paper to those people who hurt them. One girl gave hers right away to one of her friends whom she couldn’t forgive for a long time. Although nervous, she approached her friend and handed her the paper. They wept and forgave each other! At a young age these young ones are learning how to obey God and strengthen relationships.

Posted by: In: Staff 14 Dec 2016 0 comments

Hope Staff Leah reports from YWAM:

When I heard I was approved for DTS I was filled with excitement because my prayer was answered. I was also very nervous and afraid to be alone on this trip away from what is familiar. The trip started with a big test. I needed to board an overnight ferry to Cebu. This is not easy for me because of a bad past experience that stirred fear back in my heart. Thank God He brought me through and I arrived safely! It was a good start to gaining some independence, facing fears and experiencing God provide for me!

I was picked up by a YWAM leader and taken to the base in Cebu Talisay. I have 11 classmates from different countries. After a few awkward days not sure what to say or do, we started to connect and build friendships.

The first guest speaker’s topic on Foundations of Christianity really impacted me a lot. I was reminded how important the foundation is that I build on.  If it is built only on Christ and truth I can`t easily stumble. When other things get mixed into the foundation it becomes dangerous.  Some of my new friends responded to the message on baptism and we celebrated the impact that will have on their walk.

The “Father Heart of God” message was a very emotional time for me as God’s love embraced me.  It was really nice because it was my first time to weep freely in front of a man.  He hugged me and spoke the Father’s heart to me as one of God’s princesses and loved daughters.  I won’t forget that encounter I had with God!

We also did Kid’s Ministry outreaches using drama presentation and Bible lessons. Kids were very happy and responsive to the Gospel.

Other teachings were on Spiritual Warfare, Godly Relationships, Intercession and Hearing God’s Voice. These topics were very good and very real when stepping out in faith to serve God! I was challenged to intercede more faithfully for others.

During our prayer summit from 6 a.m. to 5:30 pm., I was so blessed because we were praying for the nations and for the people who are in positions of authority.

This has been a really good experience because GOD spoke clearly into my life.  I will continue to grow in WALKING BY HIS WILL not MY WILL.

Posted by: In: Scholarship 11 Dec 2016 0 comments

Video:  Scholars Say Thank You

 

 

With an increasing burden to see youth graduate and for them to get plugged in at HOPE, we took a huge step of faith this school year. We opened our Scholarship Program to every single high school student (150) in Burgos.

Criteria is quite simple: High attendance rate in school and our weekly Youth Ministry as well as participating in our scheduled community service initiatives.  Even though it’s not difficult to meet these requirements to be a scholar, this semester only 46 youth received scholarship reimbursements. It goes to show just how much of a challenge education is in the island. For this reason, poverty related issues are amplified.

We had a meeting with the scholars’ parents last week to affirm them for the efforts made and to release funds to cover costs they spent for the first semester. This approach helps them learn the valuable life lesson that hard work pays off.

 

After the meeting our staff asked the parents to write an encouragement letter to their child. Many parents moved to a quiet area to think of the right words to say. Others were not comfortable with sharing their feelings but wrote a quick note in a fun and light manner. Communicating love or encouragement is not common in our island culture.  The students were touched.

The estimated cost per student is $120 for the whole school year. At the moment we do not have the funds necessary to cover each student. Please consider supporting one student for the year. This includes uniform, tuition and school project costs. Please indicate SCHOLARSHIP program when you make your donation. We will keep you updated throughout the school year so you can be praying with us for these students to excel and honour God!

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Posted by: In: Kid's Ministry 18 Nov 2016 0 comments

From Janece:

Each week we open God’s living Word and help kids think of practical ways they can obey and apply it in the week ahead. When they return the following week we all take time to share opportunities that we could in faith obey truth. It’s exciting to hear simple yet heartfelt victories from the mouths of young children. It is a great way to affirm them in their obedience and for them to clearly experience as children the blessing and power of being a doer of God’s Word.

I would like you to meet Andrea. This week she shared how she made an effort to obey all that her Lolo (grandpa) asked her to do. Other times she will complain or not do it willingly but she realized that attitude is not pleasing to God or honoring her Lolo.

She said she also offered to help in washing the laundry by hand even though not asked. Although she was not thanked for her efforts, she had peace and joy knowing God helped her to do the right thing.

As her teacher I am also blessed to see the positive affect when we obey God’s Word. The testimonies they share and our excitement and affirmation helps to encourage and inspire other kids listening to make the same efforts to obey!

Paul John ( Standing)

I was reviewing with my kids about Abraham who was kind to Lot. Paul John is a new kid in my group and it was the second time he joined us in Kid’s Ministry. I was amazed he was very interactive and willing to answer my questions.

 

Paul John always has a smile on his face and seems to be a leader with the other kids. I am really blessed and thankful to God for the life of Paul John. I pray that he will continue to join us and grow more in knowing God. Just as Abraham’s life impacted all those he came in contact with, we trust God to raise up kids like him with a heart to influence their community. Thank God that He uses children and that we at Hope for the Island have the privilege to disciple them to know their creator.