Thank you, thank you, thank you…
…for your generous support in response to the Taal Volcano eruption in January 2020, providing for our brothers and sisters serving the affected communities. This month, you helped contribute towards 2,000 stuffed animals to be distributed by our ministry partners to children in the Taal communities, providing comfort and spreading smiles as volunteers and staff serve them and their families, building relationships and bringing hope in the midst of great loss. In addition, our partners in the Philippines also distributed 2,000 flipflops in total, along with the gospel, opening the door to Bible study meetings with students.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea Psalm 46:1-2
Friends, through your generosity in participating with the work of our ministry partners, you are honoring God together with us, as we understand from Proverbs 14:31 that “whoever is kind to the needy honors God.” What drives us at MEANS towards serving the unfortunate stems from God’s commands to devote ourselves to doing what is good (Titus 3:8), to “always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else” (1 Thessalonians 5:15), and to “work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord” and receiving the Lord’s inheritance as a reward (Colossians 3:23-24). In joining us in prayer month after month, and in your financial support, you empower our ministry partners to move towards Taal survivors in kindness and uphold MEANS’s ultimate goal of honoring God and making His name great globally.
Now more than a month after the Taal volcano eruption, let us continue to pray that those affected by disaster will experience bodily healing and economic recovery in these months, but more importantly, the spiritual and eternal salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. May the Christians in affected communities draw closer to the Lord for sustenance and restoration, and discover a new intimacy in relationship with God as they see Him appear in ways they had never previously witnessed before. May He mercifully draw to him those who are hurting in the wake of tragedy, for we know that “the Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him” (Nahum 1:7).
Concurrent MEANS Projects:
- Care of Creation – Plant Trees: Cocoa, Coffee, Fruit Trees, Bamboo, Lemongrass. MEANS provides gardening tools and supplies to ministry partners in support of future sustainability, accompanied by teachings on the Creator God and our role in stewarding Creation. In addition to learning about planting, gardening, the environment, teamwork and responsibility, students and staff learn together about who God is and how we relate to him and worship him through Care for Creation. As of this writing, 1,000 fruit tree seedlings have been pledged.
- New Testament (Pinoy Version): distribution to young students in partnership with OMF Literature and the Great Commission Christian Church.
- Read to Grow – Advocating Literacy: World Read Aloud Day, Read to Grow Workshop, and other independent initiatives with partner schools in the Philippines who choose to participate.
Contributor: Faith Cheng
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