Class for children with special needs
While Manila is flooded with rain, Palawan has nice weather and the building of our multipurpose house is making good progress.
From Eddie and Ruth:
More news from the flooding in the Philippines
The road near SM Baccor is flooded, so people with money has problems to buy things, but our clients in Dumpsite were not affected.
REPORT FROM GEMMA
In Mindoro we had more floods this week. You can see in the pictures our water source was also damaged (you can see Dong holding the pipe).
The first bridge from Core (part of Balao) was broken. No cars can pass going back and forth to Mamburao. There is also a shortage of supplies of food now, because there are no trucks that can go to Batangas and Manila to buy food and gasoline. That is the situation in Mindoro.
NEWS FROM JUNE
Iselinsenteret on Mindoro has been reinforced and we have now three midwifes and one nurse in our health team connected to the centre. Jacky, Eva, Raquel and Austin are doing a terrific job with health enlightenment in the villages at the same time as they are sharing the gospel. They show compassion for the whole human being and have given help to many people.
NEWS FROM APRIL
This month has been marked by the great effort and work from our staff in taking care of more than 1200 children at our VBS (vacation bible schools). It is great joy among the children that attend. The theme of the year is ”Explore the nature and experience God”. More than 200 children from the neighbourhood and the dumpsite in Cavite have attended a three-day long camp.
Affects after of the flood in Iligan City still influences the area. Some of our volunteers together with the church in Ozamiz went back with more than 300 bibles that we promised to bring. It occurred that they still lack a lot and many families have still not a proper roof over their head.
We have been so blessed with a new minivan as a gift to the centre in Cavite. It is a fantastic help in the ministries and enables us to drive safely to both the airport and to Batangas.
NEWS FROM MARCH
NEWS FROM FEBRUARY
In both of our maternity clinics more and more women are being helped to have a safe delivery in clean environments. The mothers are so grateful for the help and they are listening to the gospel as it is shared in deeds and words. They are also grateful for not going into debt giving birth, as they have to pay more then one months salary to deliver in hospital, and they don’t have that money.
The training center is a great tool to equip people to serve God. Our volunteers are divided into groups and each group are responsible for teaching one Mangyan village about gardening as well as helping in the church. The ”vegetable project” is meant to help the Mangyans to grow vegetables. In the dry season nothing is growing unless you have a watering system and the Mangyan people only live on a root crop for several moths because nothing else is growing. This causes malnourishment and when the rainy season starts in June, people are getting more easily sick. But it takes time to change a lifestyle and help them to understand.
The last few weeks we also renewed the thatched roof on the pavilion and we are ready for the camp season with youth and children’s camps. We plan to have 3000 youth and children in our camps this summer (April/May). We do VBS (Vacation Bible School) and youth camps. It means a lot for poor children to be given opportunities like this and it is a good investment in young lives. We are very blessed by Toby Knight from York that is at our training center as a teacher. We like to extend our thanks to everyone praying for us!
NEWS FROM JANUARY
This week we also held a three days Pastor and leaders conference for Mangyans. It was held at our training center in Core. This is now the fourth conference to promote true unity among the native people groups. We see very good fruit from these conferences and we give glory to God!
In the jail in Oroqueta we gave Bibles to new inmates. When people get out of prison they get their Bibles with them, so we need now and again to bring more Bibles.
MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR
News from November
This last month Justin left us with his new family from Holland. He seemed to warm quickly to his new parents and was happy to leave with them. We are grateful for every child that comes to a good and loving home. It is a special time when the rest of the children and the staff say good bye. We feel joy for his new family and sorrow for not seeing him again. The rest of the children are doing well and we give thanks to God for each one of them.
We are now looking forward to the Christmas season here in the Philippines. It is another great opportunity to show the love of Jesus Christ to people around us. We hope also this year to be able to bring Christmas baskets to poor families together with the good news of the savior that became one of us to save us and give us a total new life.
News from September
The Bible to Everyone
Lasse Tretteteig has started the project of reading the Bible into mp3 players for illiterate people to be able to listen to the Bible for themselves. Some young Mangyans are here getting ready to read the NT into mp3 players. People will be helped and blessed by listening to God´s word in their native language. This will be a great blessing to people that never have been able to “read” for themselves.
Report from Elvie Ortiz
Elvie Ortiz is reporting: We are so blessed with our brethren in the village of Balisawan today. We had a good fellowship with them and so grateful for God´s wonderful word that was shared with one our volunteers. They are so thankful for the words they heard, it really touched them. After our fellowship we gave them clothes and medicines from MWPBI. They say "thank you so much for these blessing". God is so faithful all the time.
The story of Rubina
NEWS FROM JULY
Eddie Santiago led the 30 Persons With Disabilities (PWD's) from Pigcawayan for the 33rd national convention for people with disabilities.The PWD's is so thankful to the Lord for the effort of MWBPI that helped them for food and transportation to be able to attend the meeting for the first time. They said "it has never happened before that somebody give us care and attention, but thanks once again to MWBPI who reached out and extended to us the love of Jesus and to Pastor Eddie and Ruth who guide us spiritually and taught many things from the Bible". To God be the glory!
NEWS FROM THE BEGINNING OF MAY
April and May is school holiday in the Philippines and a busy time for all of us in MWBPI. It is time for VBS (vacation bible schools), youth camps, practical training of bible school teams from Norway, distribution of school supplies for the poor, and many other ways of showing the love of God as we are preaching the good news about Jesus Christ. Already more than 800 children have enjoyed the VBS in different places.
We are in the process of building up our emergency unit in Mindoro so we can respond to disasters and bring relevant help to the people in the communities in Mindoro. Already we have done two relief operations the last two weeks responding to the need of villages burned down. There was great joy as the people from the village listened to the good news about the love of God helping us through calamities and problems. The word of God gave them hope and the comfort of the Holy Spirit was right there among us.
NEWS FROM THE BEGINING OF APRIL
Every time we visit the village of Camurong, we meet the “Miracle boy” with his mother and father. His mother had six miscarriages (in the seventh month every time) and could not get children. It was a great sorrow to them, but the Lord intervened. As we prayed for her in the name of Jesus and brought a prophetic word to her, she gave birth to this handsome boy. The whole family as well as the whole village witnessed the miracle of God and gave all the glory to God. And they gave the baby the nickname “Miracle boy”. The boy will start in our daycare this June and he is turning five years old this year.
We are now buying all the school supplies to help the less fortunate children to have an education. Many children are hindered to go to school because they can’t afford the school material needed. We are planning to help at least 6000 children this year. Education is one way to lift them up and give them dignity.
News from the Philippines Christmas 2010
Filipinos love Christmas parties and they know how to celebrate. In addition to giving out Christmas baskets to the poor and needy, we also do Christmas parties for the different programs like jail ministry, school programs, dump site (garbage tip), people with disabilities and livelihood. It is a great time to share the love of God in deed and words.
Persons with disabilities in Picgawayan, was given a chance to have their Christmas party. Together with the church and DSWD we were able to bless more than 70 disabled people. I got this report from Ruth and Eddie in the church there: They were thankful to the Lord and they were happy for the delicious meal, for the groceries, and for the word of God shared to them. They said "it's different", I know it’s the joy and love from the Lord. Some of them were saying thank you, with tears coming down from their eyes. Jesus said: I was sick and you stopped to visit.
The prison in Mamburao is one of five prisons we are working into. We are sharing the GOOD NEWS about Christ and gave praise to the Lord. Everybody loves the games and is having a lot of fun. We had a good meal of pansit and gave toilet requisites as Christmas gifts. Both the trustees of the inmates and the guards said thank you for the work done during the year. Jesus said: I was in prison and you came to me.
We had a Christmas party for the women that delivered their babies at our new Iselin centre in Mindoro. 29 mothers with babies came for the gathering. They enjoyed the word of God, some teaching on family planning, and they were all given caps and socks knitted in Norway. It is good to see how they are lifted up and given dignity as mothers. The midwifes are doing an outstanding job demonstrating the love of God to people in a vulnerable situation.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you!
We had a Christmas party for the women that have given birth at our new Iselin centre in Mindoro. 29 mothers with babies came for the gathering. They enjoyed the word of God, some teaching on family planning and all were given caps and socks knitted in Norway. It is good to see how they are lifted up and given dignity as mothers. We are so happy for the people that are given help at Iselin centre.
Flashes of News end November 2010
The Dap Dap project is a livelihood project giving help to the church leaders in 20 villages in Mindoro. Instead of giving support, we help them to grow rice and corn to sustain their own living. The field is in a very fertile valley called Dap Dap. Right now they are harvesting the rice and it looks like it will be a plentiful harvest. The Mangyan are used to harvest small areas when convenient and are not used to big operations like this. It takes some time to teach them how to do this. Catching rats is part of the harvesting that the children do. It will be a delicious dinner. They have a very good way of catching them by grasping them over the neck so they can’t bite and pulling the tail to break the neck.
Seeds of Hope Centre is all finished now and we extend our help to the 80 families living at the garbage tip. In addition to the Day care and feeding of the 100 children, we will do “out of school classes” for older children as well as dental and medical help along with the Bible studies. Many of the women living there are pregnant, so our midwives will conduct prenatal checkups, mother classes, immunization, consultations and feeding for the babies and children under the age of four. They all want to deliver their babies at our maternity clinic, but they don’t have money for transport to come for check up and mother classes. That is why we do this now in Seeds of Hope Centre.
More News From September 2010
News September 2010
In Mindoro we had inauguration of the new multipurpose house with Joey and Vivian in Mamburao. The old house collapsed due to termites and this new place will be a great tool for the church as well as for the fisherman ministry and jail ministry. We plan also for the church to have a daycare for the poor children in the area.
Food distribution on the dumpsite
Even though I have seen it with my own eyes it is impossible to understand that someone can live under such circumstances. Now the rain season is here and a lot of people have developed wounds and rashes. Since this is a dumpsite, there are also a lot of flies that comes into the wounds. The way the situation is right now they need boots and gloves, as many of them look through the garbage barefoot and without anything on their hands.
We distributed food and vitamins to 69 children. Further, we told them about the necessity of washing their hands before they eat. It seemed like most of the children were unfamiliar with the use of soap.
The mothers are very grateful that we came and gave the children food. I believe we will achieve a great collaboration with the families and we hope that we may help some of them to a different life.
News May and June
Opening of the Centre on Mindoro
The new community-development centre consists of three different buildings: Education program (preschool, school supplies and sponsorship program), Health program in the Islin centre (delivery room, medical help to the poor and health promotion) and Community help with work training and relief help programmes. In the last building we also have an office for ICMF and the team working together with ptr. Santie to reach out in the Mangyan villages with the gospel and health promoting effort. Here we are additionally keeping equipment for reading the Bible on the different Mangyan languages enabling the illiterate to ”receive” the word of God for themselves.
This month we will also have more youth camps on the centre. For many of the youths this is the first time they experience coming to camp. It is great to be able to help the poor that would not have been able to have a proper vacation.
The last El Niño began in September 2006 and it lasted until early July of 2007. Since July 2007, El Niño has been a little quiet until now. In the US this will cause a crown year with the best crop ever (like 1997), while the Philippines, Indonesia and countries in our region experience a terrible drought and starvation for many people. Warm winds dry out the land. The effects have been seen in the Philippines since Christmas and are now felt by the people in Mindoro. It is an unusual dry season and nothing grows without watering. The Mangyans normally just live of the things they harvest day by day in the mountains and have no money to buy food. This lifestyle causes a lot of problems when there is a drought. They will normally harvest cassava, sweet potatoes, burut, gabe, rice, bananas and name. Many villages have no more food and can only find some name. Name has a poison that must be washed away before they use it as food. The Mangyans know how to do this. The cassava and other crops don’t grow any more. Many of our Mangyan brothers don’t know what to eat from one day until the next. When speaking to Santie two days ago, he started to cry when I asked about the situation. He said: My people have no food. But I am looking to God to help us through the next months. In their churches there are 300 families. I asked him to gather the other leaders and look at all possible solutions for their people. We sat down with him to make a plan what can be done. In addition to some food given, we must find seed of vegetables they can grow around their houses to help in the crises. They will not be back to normal harvest before September.
Updates February 2010
The first baby was born in the new maternity clinic in Core yesterday. The boy was strong and healthy and the parents very grateful for the help given them. Landa and Tone assisted at the delivery, and we rejoice in the fact that we have now started to use the health center in Mindoro on a daily basis. A baby born is a miracle every time and the boy born at the Iselin center yesterday is no exception. We are so thankful to God for letting us help people in so many different ways.
Report from Christmas 2009
(Night before Christmas) and Media Noche (Night before New Year). It’s a Filipino tradition that they gather and prepare delicious food during those occasions. We have made the 1, 296 families celebrate a merry Christmas through the groceries that we have given to them. The Christmas baskets were distributed in Palawan, Cotobato, Cavite and Mindoro.
In Mindoro, we have to load all the goodies in a truck since these MangyanVillage (indigenous people) is 2 hours drive from our Center there. According to the Mangyan leaders they could not believe that it is a truckload of goodies that will be brought to them!
We have had Christmas party among the 96 inmates with our new jail ministry in Mindoro. It was also their first time to experience a party and received bibles. They were given hope and encouragement by the messages that were preached by our local partner, Norwegian missionary and Chinese students. We also had Christmas parties in three other prisons we are working in.
Summary of Relief Work 2009
We had an excellent team of young people working with us.
Development of the center at Core
On the picture, you can see the change that has happened in the village. However, the greatest part is that the gospel of the Kingdom of God is being demonstrated and proclaimed to all the villages .
Life for the whole family.
Updates from the first week of November 2009
Now more than 5000 families have recieved help by the money that you have given! It is a great privilage to be your hands and feet helping the poeple in need. Many people express that they experience Gods love and compassion through the help they are reciving and are touched by the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Update October 2009
5th Anniversary of MWBPI
Last week MWBPI celebrated their 5th anniversary. We gathered the staff, the sponsor children, the livelihood ladies, and others involved with MWBPI. On the picture you can see the staff dressed up in costumes for their special number.
Home for Abandoned and Malnourished Babies
The home for abandoned and malnourished babies is going well. In October one of the babies was adopted to Spain. Further, this month one malnourished child has come from Mindoro and one more abandoned baby is now in our care. Totally, there is now 12 babies and children at the center.
We have had a meeting with the major of General Trias to ask the government to provide a place for the people along the river to relocate. In that way they can move away from the dangerous areas along the river and we can help them with more permanent homes. These people are the poorest of the poor. The major promised to find a solution together with us.
Yesterday we arranged mass wadding for ten couples. Many cannot afford to be married and if you are not married in the Philippines, the children will not be registered for school. The ten newlyweds where very grateful!
There is a great increase of deliveries in the maternity clinic. So far in October we have reached 47 deliveries.
Latest news from the Relief Work in Manila
Ministries without borders have very capable social workers who travel into the affected areas, surveying the area to find the neediest families. In addition, we have a close working relationship with the local governments and churches in the different areas. Many of the churches have been flooded and are not able to help the needy themselves.
Still many people are in great need. In some places in Manila the water is still high and does not seem to be decreasing. Everyone we help are smiling and saying thank you! Thanks to your help we are able to reach out to many people
Flood victims getting help in Manila
Many organizations are helping in the outer edge of the affected area, but are reluctant to go into the inner areas where we went yesterday. It is important to give the help now to prevent hopelessness and sickness. The Filipino army is very helpful and was very good in calming the people we could not cater for this time. We are impressed by the Filipino people coping with this situation. In the midst of the problems they are grateful and praying to God for help. It is a great privilege to be your extended hand to the Filipino people, demonstrating the love of God.
Updates about Typhoon in Manila area
As some may have heard a typhoon hit the Manila area Saturday. Many people have lost their lives and thousands have lost their homes and everything they own. Big areas are totally destroyed. It is important that people get help the first days with food, clothes and soap to prevent the spread of diseases. Yesterday we were able to help 40 people with baskets of food, clothes and soap. Tomorrow we are helping an additional 170 families. People are in great need, and the ones that are helped are extremely happy! However, the families need help to rebuild their houses. Yesterday we went to a school were 16 families are staying in a small classroom of 15 square meters. If you want to help, please transfer money to the account: 354-3.35450551-8. Name: Ministries Without Borders, Philippines. Swiftcode: MBTCPHMM. Account in Norway: 3632.52.58033
Latest News - September 2009
We would like to share some of the good things happening in the ministry here. In the maternity clinic people are coming for check up, teaching classes and deliveries. Every day grateful mothers go home with a healthy baby in their arms. It is good when people can see the love of God in vulnerable situations in life.
In the children’s home all the babies are doing well. We will let Jenny represent all of them this month. She was found on a garbage dump only a few hours old with her umbilical cord torn off. She was brought to our clinic where our midwife attended to her and her life was saved. Nobody has been able to trace her family. In June she turned one year old and she is now walking around like a little sun beam. She is now ready for adoption waiting for her parents to turn up.
One of our friends from Norway sent a gift for the fishermen. We are now in the typhoon season here in the Philippines. Visiting Joey in Mindoro, we found that many of the fishermen he is working among were lacking food, since they had not been able to go out fishing for several weeks. Some fishermen have been stranded on other islands due to the storms in the area, and their wives and children were at home with no food in their houses. Joey went visiting 50 of the families, and it turned out that 36 families were in need. He invited them all to come on Sunday afternoon to receive prayer and food for their families. Some of the wives were crying in gratefulness to the Lord for meeting their needs. Joey shared about the fishermen that became followers of Jesus two thousand years ago and helped them all to turn to the Lord in their need. And they all were giving thanks to the Lord! Again we saw that one man’s good deed became another man’s miracle.
Last week we also visited the church in Ozamiz to strengthen the brothers there. All the street children were given new t-shirts at the feeding last Friday. It is such a joy to see the changes in young people’s lives. God is at work in wonderful ways.
Monthly News Archive
In Mindoro we are excited at the development of our new mission training centre. You can see here a very recent picture of our newly constructed hall which will hold many training events and conferences for local, national and international guests. Also, on our new base is already a maternity clinic, school and administration centre, and soon there will be accomodation 'lodges' to cater for more than 100 guests at any one time. We're so thankful to God and blessed by the generosity of our supporters around the world that are making this happen - thank you!
In Cavite we see great progress among the children. We are in the middle of summer right now, and they enjoy taking a bath. On the picture you see Robert (with Down syndrome) and Theresa enjoying the water. Robert is developing very well after we had to specialist from Norway helping here for two months.
We also saw 45 deliveries in the maternity clinic in the month of March. Many women are helped and give thanks to the Lord for the help they receive.
The team from Bergen Bible School has been a great blessing to us. First we had 200 children from the neighborhood here in Cavite coming to our base. We hosted a three days holiday club, running from eight in the morning till six in the evening. The theme was “Gods Champions” and we had days packed with teaching, singing, games, crafts and a lot of fun.
We reached a new record at the maternity clinic last week, having six deliveries in 12 hours. A lady had been to ultrasound scan and knew she could expect a breech delivery. Because she could not afford to deliver at the hospital she came rushing into our clinic to deliver. But she was hiding the result of the scan for the midwife on duty. Tone was summoned and with her experience the baby was delivered safely.
In the clinic for malnourished children we see great progress in all the children. Jennilyn is a baby from one of the Mangyan villages who was breastfed by her aunt because her mother was so ill with Tuberculosis. She was three months old and weighed only 1,8 kilos. She had pneumonia and was malnourished when we found her in the beginning of February. Jennilyn is now healed and is growing very healthy. She is a smiling and happy baby. Jennilyn will be united with her parents after some months.
Thank you for all your prayers!
Latest News - February 2009
Let me tell you about Carlo.
Carlo Lingkibin (19) is a young man with the hand of God on his life. He is working in the mountains at the border between Oriental and Occidental Mindoro. He works with Sante, Ernie and the other brothers reaching their fellow Mangyan for Christ. Carlo is an anointed preacher. “Often when he preaches I start crying”, say’s Sante. Carlo has led more than 100 families to the Lord in three different villages far into the mountains. When asked how he is working, he tells me that most of the people are illiterate, so it is all oral learning. He has plans for starting a literacy program. Carlo is walking for three days from his village to reach the road where he can have a lift. Many places he has to crawl on hands and knees. When asked if he stayed over night in hotels, he just laughed and shook his head. “I stay alone in caves”, he said with a big smile. In the villages where he is working, people have not yet started to wear cloths. They only have the traditional string. Carlo himself did not have clothes when asked to join us in our gathering. He did not tell anybody, but cried to the Lord. Three days ago he was given a shirt and a pair of trousers. On the picture you see him in his new clothes sitting next to Rosena, who is the wife of Ernie. She is leading the work among the ladies. She told Tone that in the remote areas, the women feel ashamed because they are naked. They are now asking for clothes. So far, people in the churches from other villages, where they use clothes, are giving what they have, but it is not sufficient. If people have two shirts, one is given away. If you have two blankets one is given away. It is time for us to help them! These villages are the places that has benefitted from the tape recorders with crank handle. Sante told me that of the 20 cassette players we gave them, four needs to be repaired. Next step is to get mp3 players with solar chargers from China. That will give them access to the whole bible and make the work much easier for Carlo and the other brothers laboring there. Each set costing approximately 6$. At our training centre at Core, these brothers will have an office where they can record teaching in the six different languishes among the Mangyan. The kingdom of God is increasing day by day!
Latest News - January 2009
Firstly, a Happy New Year to you all!
Unfortunately, for one community here in the Philippines the year hasn't started off so well. Close by from our new base on Mindoro is a village called Magnot, home to several of our construction workers. Earlier this month a fire broke out in a kitchen, which spread through the whole village because of strong winds, but thankfully no one was injured - just one poor pig that was lost to the flames. 50 families lost everything, with just 3 houses that remain standing and so the community is in real need.
Together with the local government, Red Crossand other NGO we have been able to offer emergency help, something that we praise God for - that He has given us the resources to help people when there is such need.
Latest News - November 2008
This month we have been delighted to host two overseas teams for medical missions. Firstly, thanks to the generosity of dentists visiting from Norway, we were able to provide free dental clinics to over 200 people in the local communities of Santiago in Luzon and Abra de illog in Mindoro. We have also been extremely grateful for our visitors from the USA who have enabled hundreds of locals to receive free eye care treatment - praise God!
Latest News - October 2008
We continue to provide a fortnightly program to expectant mothers in the Cavite community. Around 40 'mums to be' attend the classes, which provide ante-natal and post-natal advice and training. Most of these ladies will then come to our facilities to deliver their child. Here is a photo taken early this month with some of the proud mums and bumps!
Latest News - September 2008
This month sees two more of the children in our baby home go and join their new adopted families. It is such a joy to be able to care for these little ones, most of them who have been with us since birth, before they go to different parts of the world to start their new lves. God Bless them all!.
Latest News - July 2008
Local Pastor receives motorbike for ministry
Pastor Sante lives on the island of Mindoro with his family and looks after more than 20 churches. This month we had the privilege of donating him a motorbike, which will enable him to visit his congregations much more frequently and easily. Our prompting to give turned out to be an answer to four years of prayer from Pastor Sante - praise God!
Latest News - June 2008
School supplies distributed to 3000 youngsters and inauguration of Mindoro Day Care!
Over the last six weeks 3000 children throughout the Philippines have received much needed school supplies from Ministries Without Borders. For 600 pesos per child, that’s just US$16, we have been able to give each child enough writing materials, books and clothing to get through the whole of the next academic year!
It has also been an excited month as our new day care center was inaugurated on our new site in Mindoro. Government Counselors and local Pastors were amongst the guests hosted at this special event, all of whom readily welcome this new facility for the community.
Latest News - May 2008
School supplies distributed to 3000 children!
This month 3000 children throughout the Philippines will receive much needed school supplies from Ministries Without Borders. For 600pesos per child, that’s just US$16, we have been able to give each child enough writing materials, books and clothing to get through the whole of the next academic year!
Thank you so much to all our generous sponsors, without whom we would never be able to touch and bless so many lives.