|It was truly a non-stop summer for us. We were grateful to be able to reach out to hundreds of children these past months. It was a joy for us to be able to proclaim God’s love, help improve the academic skills of teens, provide educational assistance, impart biblical teachings, and empower the women who are nurturing their families. However, although it was fulfilling to be used by the Lord in various ways, we have to admit that it was also physically exhausting.
Thankfully, we were not just the “givers” in this ministry. We also had the chance to be at the receiving end and be ministered to by others. We felt loved and supported by different groups of people who visited us during the summer time! Mission Go Global, based in Chino Hills, California, helped us do the VBS outreach to the kids and supplied us the materials we needed to do the event. Tim and Jenny Beer visited from London and spent time encouraging the staff of Tiwala. Tim serves as a Board Member of the organization and continues to provide valuable support even while in the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, friends from the United Evangelical Church of Malabon helped us facilitate the Science Camp for high school students. Also, our partner church, Generation Christian Fellowship, aside from contributing financially, sent their college volunteers to discuss the “Science and Bible” segments of the Science Camp. The assistance of these individuals lightened the teaching load of the Tiwala staff. God also sent someone we did not know before, Mel, a Filipina based in Canada. She visited the office in April to turn over an amount of money she was able to raise in January selling lunch to her officemates! Talk about a pleasant surprise from the Lord!