Pursuing Wisdom

We at Tiwala Kids & Communities believe that the pursuit of wisdom is more important than material success. While we want our beneficiaries to break free from poverty, we believe that wisdom is more precious and permanent, because it helps us overcome crises successfully, deal with conflicts positively, and find effective solutions to difficult situations. As such, we teach them the biblical truth: “How much better to get wisdom than gold, and good judgment than silver!” (Proverbs 16:16). Here are some ways we are helping them choose wisdom and walk in its path:
Be Wise Life Skills Curriculum
Wisdom is commonly associated with old age, but we at Tiwala think that it’s possible to help children pursue wisdom even before they get old and gray. That is why more than 150 Tiwala kids are going through the “Be Wise” life skills curriculum this semester. The weekly classes aim to help the children learn skills to deal effectively with the challenges of everyday life. Topics include being responsible, using words wisely, valuing a good reputation, forgiving others, being prayerful, and overcoming envy.
Be Wise Life Skills session in one of the communities in Legazpi City
We also seek to impart wisdom to the 200 students we reach out to weekly through our school-based Digi-Eskwela Project. We do this by teaching them, not just the basics of using digital devices, but also how to be wise consumers of digital content. We also hope to roll out our cyber-safety seminars to more schools in Legazpi City in the second half of the school year.
Teacher Cris teaches Grade 5 students of Cabangan Elementary School during a Digi-Eskwela class.
Mothers’ Sessions
Tiwala reaches out to parents because we believe that they exert the most influence on their children. In our small group sessions with mothers, we communicate to them the importance of seeking true wisdom and the truth of Proverbs 4:3-4: “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filledwith rare and beautiful treasures.”
Ate Karla, our guest from the US, shows the difference between wheat and tares, and explains the meaning of the Parable of Wheat and Tares to the Tiwala moms.
Models and Inspirations
We also want to thank those who share their blessings and serve as positive role models to the children. In June, Seychelle, Tiwala’s former social worker, celebrated her birthday by inviting 50 of the Tiwala kids. This month, Paul and Ness took time out of their short vacation and gave a party for 45 other Tiwala kids as well. They encouraged the kids to put their trust in God, do their best, and bless others with their lives.
Kids Party with the Lim Family during their short vacation here in Legazpi City
Thanks so much also to all of you for your interest, prayers, and support. We pray that you too will continue to experience the blessings of God’s wisdom, which He so graciously pours out on all those who fear and seek Him. (Proverbs 9:10) 

Tiwala Kids & Communities Team