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Elpis Ministry

MEANS ministry partner Elpis Ministries based in Maesot, Thailand continue their ministry to migrant Burmese children through various ways.
MEANS support their garden project, egg ministry, and some other projects.

Photos show missionary Gaudie Micotuan and children of the village sharing produce of the garden.

Elpis missionaries who are Filipino independent missionaries, a couple, Ton and Gaudie, Maria Nelma, Grace, Gigi and Joy answered God’s call to serve in this area bordering Myanmar, equipped with faith that God will provide not only for their needs but for these Burmese at risk of sex, labor, and slave traffic, children.

Would you pray and help us help them?

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Report from Kawayan Camp (KC) – June 2016

COME, LET US EXALT HIS NAME TOGETHER

 At the end of school year 2016,  MEANS sponsored 11 student leaders from three different regions in the Philippines: Northern Mindanao, West Visayas and Central Visayas to attend the month long leadership and discipleship training camp of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship of the Philippines from April 9 to May 9.  Called Kawayan Camp, it is likened to a boot camp where students learned obedience to God’s word, to one another and to the staff.  They also learned Scripture engagement and listened to expository messages from different speakers.  Missions Night was one event that became a challenge and eye opener to many of those who attended. THANK YOU MEANS donors for your partnership. Below are stories shared by attendees we sponsored to Kawayan Camp 2016.

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 Geralyn Mahilum from the Philippine National University Chapter in West Visayas. shared:

 God provided for my needs – I came to Kawayan Camp with a little amount of money and some products to sell to raise funds for my camp fees.  Many people helped me through their prayers and fund raising.  Before coming, I asked myself, “I am only 17 years old.  I am too young to be a leader and I don’t know how to be an effective leader.”  But God reminded me through our theme verse in Jeremiah 1:5-8 that I can lead despite my age.  He will help me.

 From Fear to Faith – Through KC my doubt became trust and my fear became faith.  Kawayan Camp equipped me in all areas of my life through bible study sessions and spiritual disciplines (time alone with God, scripture studies, victory over sin, personhood, expositions and teachings on the Book of Genesis and many more). I realized how important it is for me to read, study and understand the Word of God and to share it with those who do not know about His Word. I also came to know how many still need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that the world is in a totally bad shape because of the presence and power of evil.

 Community Involvement –    When we visited a prison jail in one of our community immersion events, I have learned to respect those who are incarcerated, as human beings. I learned how to eat and laugh with them.  I heard stories from children who are also in jail and I realized how powerful God is. Some said that when they get out of jail, they will not repeat the sins that they have committed but will follow God.  It showed me that God is powerful and can transform lives.

 KC 3God’s Revelation at Kawayan Camp – One thing is clear to me now,  God sent me to be equipped and became His soldier and prepared me  to fight for the expansion of God’s Kingdom.  As a response, I will continue to lead a bible study group in our campus, start one with my family and continue to join with IVCF when there is a  Care for Creation events like tree planting.  I will also spend time serving God after graduation from college.

 THANK YOU SO MUCH MEANS for supporting me and Kawayan Camp 2016.  You have been a blessing to me.  I praised God for your lives.  I am hoping and praying that you can help more students like me who want to be God’s servant leader.  I am praying for your health and I take this opportunity to thank you.  God bless you all. Mahal na mahal ko po kayong lahat! (I love you all very much)!

 A prayer:

“Lord, I will be a leader of our pioneering campus. I will start a prayer meeting or small group in my campus this coming semester. I will develop a stronger relationship with two of our chapter members, pray with them about our vision for the campus and I will share the gospel to my classmates.  As I leave Kawayan Camp and go back to the “real world,” please help me, Holy Spirit to truly take my learnings with me, for I can’t do it without your help. Help me study your Word more.  Help me in my leadership role in campus. Help me to be faithful.  Help me to be dauntless.”

 A Word of Thanks to MEANS – I am very grateful to God for the opportunity to attend Kawayan Camp and also to MEANS for the support.  God bless you. – Liane Angeli Rabuya, University of San Carlos, Cebu, BS Electronics and Communication Engineering, First Year KC 2

 A Promise:

“Lord, I commit to you my life by leading bible study in my campus, by mentoring someone and by giving financial support for the future Kawayan Camps.  I will make sure to manage my time in studies, time with family and church and involvement with IVCF. I will also pray for missionaries and those who do not yet know you as their Saviour and Lord.  I will continue to grow as a Christian and I will help in the expansion of your Kingdom. –

Jessyl Orlanes, Mindanao University of Science and Technology, Northern Mindanao, Philippines

 A Response:

“I commit to serve you in my campus chapter and to serve you as an ISCF counselor at the school where I graduated from high school. I will be more responsible as a member of Cagayan Leaders Council.  I will help my IV staff in preparing campus reports.  I will voluntarily and regularly clean the IVCF office.  I will serve you through serving my local church, my family, and my local IVCF chapter – that your Kingdom may expand and grow.” –  Francis Ann Magallanes, Liceo de Cagayan University, Northern MinKC 12danaoKC 15KC 6KC 7KC 14

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MEANS Education Scholarship Initiative (ESI)

Our goal is to develop Christian leaders, enabling young men and women to bring change to their families, communities and the nation. Young people selected for ESI have distinguished themselves by academic excellence, active involvement in Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship Philippines (IVCF) programs, attended at least one IVCF leadership training, and exercising leadership in the IVCF chapter in their school. They have committed their lives to Christ and to serve Him. This initiative offers these college students the opportunity to refine their gifts through a university education and targeted Christian leadership training at IVCF.

 

MEANS gave   scholarships  to five  (5) college students from Philippine  Normal University in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.  Below  are their stories:

RJRJ Batangas – God  made clear to me  what He wanted me to know about Him during my college days. After my graduation, I expected that I will be struggling about the money for   my review classes and board exams, but God has been gracious through MEANS. Our regional director in IVCF West Visayas Regional Unit  told me that I  as one  of their scholars. So, instead of worrying about how I would pay  for my review and board exams, I focused on my  preparation for the review classes.  The scholarship encouraged me to study and work hard to pass the Exam.  I was  grateful because MEANS has  invested in me. I took the Exam on September 27, 2015 in Cebu City and after two months, the result came.  As expected, I passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers. I am now a professional teacher! Praise God! Thank you MEANS for the investment! I continued my work as a Graduate Team   that school year in Sagay  National High School.  As a graduate team member,  I help in reaching out to students in the campus to share to them about the love of the Lord Jesus Christ.  I tried to be on the rank in the Department of Education for teaching assignment, but I wasn’t able to make it. Right now, I serve God through IVCF’s Grad Team  ministry, and at the same time I am studying  computer hardware servicing in the evening. Thank You MEANS!

SHANDELShandel Arroz Gomez – I was blessed about how  God put me into a community that led me to the understanding of GRACE.  I strongly believe that I have been a recipient of His grace even when I was still in the womb of my mother. I know that God gave me wisdom  to be a good steward as a daughter,   as a student in our school and as a leader in our organization(IVCF-ISCF). With these, I did not expect that this scholarship from MEANS  would also give me the opportunity to have the assurance that I will finish my education degree. Now, as I step to another challenge of taking the Licensure for Teachers Examination, I would like to thank you for being a part of my journey. Thank you for your  support,  prayers, and to  all the people God used to bless me. I pray that God will continue to bless you more, as you bless others with your faithfulness to Him. This is an amazing grace from God through you. Thank you so much.

 

JOLLYJolly  Faith LidresThank you so much MEANS for the full college scholarship… I thank God for He used you to be a blessing to us, especially to me. My world stopped when kuya Eumir announced about the scholarship. After a moment, tears flowed down from  my eyes. I really thank God for your group.  I praise God for the blessings that He showered upon me and one of those is being sponsored by MEANS. I did not expect to be sponsored in my Licensure Examination for Teachers  Review. I am amazed how God worked in my life when I was still a student and even in preparing for my future career. Because of God’s love for me, I will continue to serve Him. I will always allow Him to use me as His channel of blessing to others, too!

 

LIEZELLiezel SilvaLast June 11, 2016 we had the God Dependence Culmination at IVCF (Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship ) home in Bacolod City, Philippines.  One of the questions that was asked was: “How did God provide and sustain you in the past?” This question struck me because the Lord has always been faithful in my life. I would not be able to graduate and get my diploma if I wasn’t blessed by the people who supported me at Philippine Normal University. Yes of course I am bringing the glory back to Him, thanking  my  family who have always been  there to support and encourage me to hold on to the dream I have and yes, I praise the Lord for this time I am not dreaming it anymore because it came true with His help and the help of loved ones, IVCF  family, and for my scholarship given by MEANS. God had blessed you enough to bless others too. Thank you for the trust and support Ate Carmena, Ate Lina and all MEANS  volunteers. I want to extend my heart-felt gratitude to you all. May the Lord continue to use  MEANS to be a vessel of blessings to others.  Proverbs 11:24-25 “One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.  A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” To God be all the glory!

YNAYna Marie ArceliDear Father in heaven, I have been holding on to this promise of yours for so long, Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I can no longer count the times you have proven yourself to be true.   Thank you, my Dear Father for your faithfulness to me. Thank You for Your unfailing love. Thank You for being true to Your promises. Thank You for being my Healer and my Provider. Thank You for just being my Father. Praises and adorations belong to you for the life of these wonderful people who have been part of my life and journey with You. We may not know each other personally but they are never hesitant in extending their love and grace to us, to me. I can never think of other things to at least give the favor back. Nothing is best but Prayer. So, my Dear Lord, I humbly come before You this moment giving praises and worshipping You as I entrust to You the lives of these people of Yours, the MEANS and IVCF. Hallelujah for all You’ve done! Your daughter, Yna