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iCare ministers in San Lazaro Hospital

03 Dec Activities | Comments
iCare ministers in San Lazaro Hospital
 

The Jesus Is Lord Church conducted a hospital visit to San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on August 6 as part of its ongoing effort to “bring the church to hospitals” in partnership with iCare, the compassion arm of the JIL Church.

“JIL Church has long been ministering to the sick through hospital visits; this time we want to also give them a simple gift for their basic needs,” said JIL Director for Central Operations Rev. Joey Crisostomo. Pastor Joey is also the Church Pastor of JIL Greenhills which spearheaded the activity.

Pastor Joey was referring to the shoeboxes they distributed to the patients at the hospital’s pediatric and adolescent ward. Called Pasa-LOVE, this activity literally passes shoe boxes filled with goodies to patients. The goodies are simple gifts and yet basic necessities of the patients. The goodies included coffee, noodles, oatmeal, biscuits, soap, shampoo, towels, alcohol, toothbrush, toothpaste, cotton, tissue and surgical mask.

The recipients couldn’t hide their joy upon receiving the boxes. “Ang galing-galing naman! (This is amazing!)” exclaimed one mother whose daughter was diagnosed with dengue fever.

 

Volunteerism

 

The gifts were sponsored by iCare supporters who volunteered to pay P150 per gift pack.

 

“What’s P150? If JIL members would just save P30 per week, the Church would be able to conduct this activity on a monthly basis,” Pastor Crisostomo said.

 

On July 29, iCare teams from JIL Greenhills also conducted a Pasa-LOVE hospital visitation at the Philippine General Hospital.

 

iCare volunteers not only financed the boxes, a number of them also went to the San Lazaro Hospital to minister to the sick.

Joanna Olaguera, a nursing graduate, testified that the activity is her very first ministry involvement. “I am a nursing graduate and I’m used to seeing patients, but it’s different when you’re doing it with a higher level of passion and purpose,” she said.

Shelly Saguisag, meanwhile, celebrated his birthday by participating in the activity. He served as one of the photographers. “I thank God because He has given me another year of good health. I wish to extend that blessing to patients here. Our presence can encourage them to move on and not lose heart,” he said.

 

Everybody can do it

 

As they made their rounds, Pastor Joey gave iCare volunteers the freedom to individually pray for and minister to patients. “A common misconception is that only Pastors can minister, but no, everybody can minister,” he explained.

“Our vision is that next time our church members will go to hospitals grouped according to their LGN [Life Group Network]. I want to see men, women, KKB [Kristiyanong Kabataan para sa Bayan] and YAM [Young Adults Ministry] actively participating in this activity,” he added.

 

Grateful

 

San Lazaro Hospital expressed deep gratitude for being chosen as beneficiary. Even nurses were also given food as an appreciation for their invaluable service to the sick.

“This rarely happens here so we are very thankful for this activity. Our patients were really happy,” San Lazaro Medical Social Service chief Brenda Taguba said. -JAG

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