Restoring Pinagbuhatan Children’s Health

Weeks after the onslaught of Typhoon Ondoy, life in Pinagbuhatan is slowly going back to normal. The streets are drained of flood waters. People have been busy reconstructing damaged homes and getting rid of silt and mud which the three-week flood left all around the community. CMSP Childcare resumed its regular operation on the first week of November. As the children trooped to the center, happiness and excitement was evident in their young faces. Being able to play again brought a semblance of normalcy in them after having been forced to stay inside their homes on whatever dry spaces available.

Although not one of them exhibited symptoms of trauma, their health suffered the most. A great percentage of them got sick and lost weight during the three-week crisis because of the scarcity of food due to the loss of livelihood of their parents. The Medical Mission last October 27 held by the Medical Action Group (MAG), a group of volunteer doctors from St. Luke’s Medical Center, confirmed this fact.

Restoring these children’s health is a great task given our limited resources. We prayed hard for God’s help for these children’s welfare is our primary concern. God answered our prayers through the quick response of CMD Foundation, friends and other child caring institutions. Supplemental feeding program was extended to more children in the community with help from Terre Des Hommes, Netherlands and the Philippine Children’s Ministries Network.

For three weeks now, the children in this center had been enjoying a healthy meal each day, cooked and served by their parents. Meals were planned in such a way that vegetables and protein are regularly taken by the children. It is a daily challenge for the workers and the parents to come up with creative ideas in presenting the food to the children. This is also a learning experience for us and a perfect opportunity in deepening and strengthening our partnership in caring for these precious gifts from God. Truly in God’s plan, everything works for good.

MELINDA P. TAN DE GUZMAN
Center Supervisor, Pinagbuhatan
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CMSP Praise Team: A Free Mini-Concert

We, the CMSP children distributed free admission tickets to our classmates and friends for the Mini Concert conducted for the first time by our Praise Team last November 15, 2009. This event became a venue for us to use our God-given talents as a way to introduce the love of Jesus to others through an awesome worship experience.

We had rehearsals every night a week before the concert. We gave all our efforts to master the songs and to deliver the lines as flawlessly as possible. We felt nervous because we were doing this for the first time but our Praise Team Coordinators kept on reminding us that “we’re not here to perform but worship.” This event was also our way of thanking God for His goodness as we celebrate Stewardship and Thanksgiving month. Consequently, we were all encouraged to give our best for our Lord.

With the Pacquiao-Cotto boxing fight that same day, we were worried that our classmates and friends may not be able to come for our mini-concert. We prayed to God for guidance and for our friends and classmates to join us in the concert. Later on, when we entered the multipurpose hall, we were overjoyed to see around 70 students and 2 teachers present. Thank God! He is really worthy to be praised! During the concert, we all felt very happy to see people singing with us. Though some were hesitant in dancing, I can clearly see that they like the different genres of songs…for they were songs of praise to God. We went on unmindful of the crowd in front of us. But we didn’t perform there in the stage, we simply thought of God as we worshipped Him. We felt the presence of our Lord God as we sang praises to Him. It was truly awesome.

We believed that every soul present was touched by God. People were blessed and received the Gospel message that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior of all. In our own little way, serving the Lord as a channel of His blessings has made this event a truly meaningful one for us. Oh! What a glorious day indeed! To God be all the glory!

ELAIDIA BARRIA
Education Coordinator,
Young Leaders Club
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