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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”

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: Children 02 Aug 2016 0 comments

It is never an easy thing for someone to step out of their comfort zone and be bold in their faith. It takes knowing and trusting Jesus and a resolve to obey God.

Children in the island are often persecuted for their faith and shamed if they take initiative. Within scripture and even in many parts of the world today we see how persecution often causes a believer to be strengthened in faith and opens doors for God to move. I would like to share about 2 girls who are rising above adversity and walking out their identity in the Lord. 1 Tim 4:12 reminds us “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity”

Derek

Two young girls Laika and Janna, from our Kid’s Ministry recently attended the Heartline Seminar weekend at Hope for the Island.  See A Child’s Heart

Both of them were impacted deeply and were challenged to rise up in faith as God’s children. They have since been used by God to heal another girl who was sick. They felt God telling them to pray for the girl and before their eyes she was healed!

On another occasion they stepped out in faith and prayed for an elderly woman. She shared with us how blessed she was by these little angels.

Laika and Janna also gathered kids in their neighborhood throughout the week and taught them what they learned from the Heartline Seminar. Without any prompting, they took it upon themselves to share the fruit of what God did in their heart!

Pray that God will continue to use these and other children to bless the island. Please pray as well for Leah (Hope staff) who is mentoring them.

 

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Jenny is from Australia and she visited Hope for the Island a few years ago as part of a team that brought water purification units.  She recently returned to visit and gave of herself in a new and exciting way for us!

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Posted by: In: Children 02 May 2012 0 comments

I would like to tell you that my kids are collecting rock specimens to observe under a microscope- but they are not. They have been climbing trees and cliffs looking for big spiders that they can put in their little spider boxes. Each spider is given a number and then competes against another spider on a stick. The kids gather around and watch the spiders fight. During rainy season you can drive anywhere around Siargao Island and you will see kids and youth of all ages staring aimlessly up at a tree or scaling a cliff-don’t panic, they are just looking for spiders!

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Posted by: In: Children 18 Feb 2012 0 comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December was an exciting time for the local kids in a very small community close to Hope for the Island.  A shoe company (Tom’s) contacted us asking us if there were kids in our community or surrounding areas that needed shoes. We immediately replied that most kids don’t have shoes and it would be a huge blessing for them to receive a free pair of shoes. Before long we had a shipment of brand new shoes for many children!!

Nermalyn and Ken from HOPE rode the motor bike down the winding dirt rode to San Mateo, the village we had chosen to bless. They had the joy of telling the children that shoes had arrived for them. There was disbelief on their faces as they heard the news that they would be blessed with free shoes! As always we want to make sure we are sharing God’s Word at every opportunity. Nermalyn shared with the eager children that God also gave them a free gift. She told them that God sent His son to die on the cross for the sins of the world because He loved us so much. She unfolded the gospel for them. Some were hearing it for the first time, but all listened intently.  After the message, singing and games each child lined up to try on a new pair of shoes. What an exciting day!!!!

THANK YOU TOM’S !!!

 

 

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