Christmas Greetings

A blessed Christmas greeting to you, our dear partners.   How swift time flies!  It was as if we just started January 2016 and now, we are nearing the end of 2016 in another month.  Presently, we have been thinking about how we can once again show compassion to our ministry partners who have been faithfully serving the Lord in difference areas in the Philippines and some countries in East Asia.
Through the years, the MEANS volunteers have been faithfully serving the Lord by helping in our third Saturday MEANS workday to process gifts/donations for missions.  Some of our volunteers are also supporting individual missionaries.   At present, MEANS has   embarked on some project initiatives that will complement our missionaries’ work in sharing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I listed some of the MEANS initiatives that are ongoing:

Community Gardening

1) Caring for Creation by planting fruit trees which will be profitable in supplementing food to the poor

2) Read to Grow –  by giving books to our ministry partners who are involved in literacy projects

3) Leadership training   using local resources and expertise

4) Educational scholarship – to help pay school tuition to deserving students whose parents cannot afford to send them to universities.

5)  Vegetable gardening in Maesot, Thailand – our partners in this area minister to at risk for slave and sex traffic migrant Burmese girls.

6) Reaching out to youth in schools – Student ministry run by Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship.
image7) Flip Flop projects – to be given to poor children in urban and rural areas whose parents cannot afford to buy rubber slippers because buying food is their priority.

8)  Distribution of rice buckets – to supplement the livelihood of ministry partners’ volunteer workers.

These initiatives are being done in collaboration with our ministry partners who are seeking to expand the Kingdom of God.  It is our desire that our ministry partners balance the preaching of the Word of God by good works and works of mercy in order to make the Kingdom of God more visible in their midst, not just sporadically, but relentless, consistently, and faithfully.

Christmas is a great opportunity to demonstrate the love of Jesus. Would you partner with us in empowering them as they help those whom they are seeking to bring to the Kingdom of God?  Thank you very much for partnering with us through the years.  As you help, may this be a reminder to all of us.

“In this way, they will lay up treasures for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”  1 Timothy 6:19 (NIV)

For Christ and His Kingdom,

Lina Padilla, Board Chair

READ TO GROW

Balabag Baranggay community involvement

Plant fruit trees in the communities


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Care of Creation-Plant trees

Care for Creation partnership with IVCF Central and Eastern Visayas Cebu City last October has made an impact to those who joined.

About 150 seedlings of jackfruit and 150 guyabano (sour sop) were planted by college students from various colleges and universities in Cebu City,

Before planting, a booklet was given for morning devotions, reflections, and group interaction on the importance of caring for creation and the environment.

After planting they had fellowship meal together thanking God on the hard work, the fun, fellowship and the precious lessons they learned together that day.

Here are photos and comments from a student who participated and a MEANS friend.

“The beauty of God’s creation reflects the greatness of his mighty hands.” I am thankful that I was given a chance to join this activity. That even in a simple way, to be a good steward of His Creation is one way of obeying His command.”- Aaron James, Caraca, BSME, Cebu Technological University.

Thank you for this wonderful project and the impact it has created in the lives of IVCF students and the community where the trees were planted. – friend of MEANS

Rice Bucket Challenge

Come join us. There is much power in doing it together. Would you help?

The idea of the rice bucket was duplicated from an NGO in the Philippines. The Rice Bucket (about 10 pounds) is considered a valuable provision to our ministry partners. This coming Christmas we will distribute 100 buckets to our ministry partners in the Philippines. Will you take this challenge?

Your $10 will provide one rice bucket for one family. Your $50 will provide 5 buckets of rice for 5 families. Bring about a small change in the lives of the needy families. Share your blessings this Christmas. (R1861)
Here is a thank note received from first recipient of 20 rice buckets, “We all arise for the rice. It fed our families for many meals. Filipinos love rice and will always love rice. A meal is complete when there is rice. Thank you one and all for your generous gifts.”
October 16 is World Food Day, join the global movement to end hunger. Be a part of the solution in your community and around the world. What can you do to end world hunger? Bring about a small change in the lives of the needy families.

There is much power in doing it together. Would you help? Now is YOUR OPPORTUNITY to give back, if you haven’t done it yet.

What’s in your wallet? $10? $50?

Donate online
https://www.meansusa.org/?q=Project-RiceBucket