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iCare: Love in Action

06 Jul Activities | Comments
iCare: Love in Action
 

Days before Christmas, iCare Ministries Foundation, as always, put to life the love of Jesus Christ.

Blessings for Mama’s Hope Orphanage

iCare volunteers from the Jesus is Lord (JIL) Church Worldwide from Cavite, Areas 21 and 22, shared gifts to orphans in Mama’s Hope Orphanage in General Trias, Cavite last December 10. A good mix of elders, teenagers and toddlers received gifts.

Al Lombog, social worker at the orphanage assigned to the boy toddlers, thanked iCare for the gifts, saying that the orphans in Mama’s Hope are mostly abandoned, neglected, physically abused, or surrendered by parents to the orphanage.

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The gift-giving was an instant Christmas party for them which included games, singing, dancing, sharing gifts, eating fellowship, and sharing the Gospel.

After the program in the activity area, iCare volunteers also visited, prayed for and gave gifts to the other orphans in their respective rooms who were not able to join the activity due to health conditions.

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An elder in the shelter, Lola Fe, celebrated her 82nd birthday during the iCare gift-giving. “Hindi ko ito makakalimutan sa buong buhay ko (I will never forget this all my life),” she said.

Ptr. Precie Canlas, iCare Program Manager, said they continue the tradition of bringing joy to orphans. “Yearly, ang ginagawa ni Sis. Dory, naghahanap sya ng orphanagena isasama n’ya sa Enchanted Kingdom. Hindi lang natin nagawa for the year dahil out-of-the-country sya (Yearly, Sis. Dory looks for an orphanage to bring to Enchanted Kingdom. However, we don’t have that this year because she is out-of-the-country),” Ptr. Precie said.

“Di man natin nagawa na dalahin sila sa Enchanted Kingdom, at least nakapagbigay tayo ng party, ng kasiyahan sa kanila. Hopefully next year, makakapagdala ulit tayo ng mga bata sa Enchanted Kingdom (Though we did not bring them to Enchanted Kingdom, at least we have given them a party – giving joy to them. Hopefully next year, we can bring orphans to Enchanted Kingdom again),” she said.

PGH Cancer Institute Gift-giving

Meanwhile, iCare volunteers from JIL Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Sta. Mesa also conducted a gift-giving activity at the Philippine General Hospital’s Cancer Institute last December 16.

iCare volunteers gave out medical kits for the patients, which contained useful personal items such as betadine, alcohol and cotton.

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The team also held a short program with sharing of the Gospel and giving of a testimony from cancer-survivor volunteer, Ptr. Freddie Gusi.

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“Hindi lang sila after sa regalo. Nung pinapagpray natin sila, di lang sila umiiyak kundi mararamdaman mo yung paglapit talaga nila sa Panginoon (They are not just after the gifts. When we prayed for them, they are not only crying but you can feel that they are really coming to God),” Ptr. Precie said.

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JIL PUP Sta. Mesa Ptr. Amor Adela thanked the sponsors from the JIL Manila congregation for the gift-giving activity. “Nagbigay tayo ng buhay sa mga taong walang pag-asa. Sobrang worth yung pera na ibinigay nila sa idinulot na kagalakan sa mga nakatanggap. This is compassion in action (We gave life to those who are hopeless. The money that they gave was worth seeing the joy of the recipients).”

Kakaibang Krismas para sa mga Bata
Meanwhile, iCare volunteers from JIL U-Belt, in partnership with the Emerson Bible Study Group and Life Giver, reached out to their community in Sampaloc, Manila last December 17 through their feeding program, ‘Kakaibang Krismas para sa mga Bata.’

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The teams talked about the Gospel to the children using candy canes – comparing the color and the shape of the candies to the love of God.

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Sis. Rea Batalla, JIL U-Belt iCare Head shared the importance of bringing the Gospel to the children. “Mahalaga na bata pa lang sila, kilala na nila si Jesus. Napakaimportante ng formative years. Dyan nila makukuha yung foundation ng pagkatao nila (It’s important that while they are young, they get to know Jesus. The formative years are so important. These years mold the foundation of their character), she said.

Carrying on with the vision

Ptr. Precie said that iCare conducts this kind of activities to obey the commandment of God to love others as you love yourself. Also, this is the vision of Bro. Eddie Villanueva: to love the unlovable, to reach the unreached — reach people not just to bless them, not only to love them but to be a good samaritan to all of them.

 

-Mielyne B. Rayos

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