More than 200 kids from the poorest of the poor in the neighborhood of Quezon City taught me today the deeper meaning of true love.
Every Saturday, they looked forward to the feeding party led by Bro. Joe Dean Solas, a lay missionary who devoted his life in fulfilling God’s call of faith and hope.
He Cares Mission, a street children caring center started in 1996 with a humble promise made by Bro. Joe Dean to two little street children that they will never be hungry again.
The day started with prayer and thanksgiving through worship songs.
Then a short program followed. I took charge of the games.
It was not easy at first.
It was difficult.
But, I learned to let go.
I just smiled a lot and I let God took full control.
I knew they enjoyed it.
Their smiles and loudest cheers took my breath away.
They have been to a lot of challenges.
A few minutes of fun and laughter was all that matters.
They are still kids after all.
It was the first outreach activity for 2018 of our Light Group (LG).
I was grateful to Bro. Mark and Sis. Lorrie Calangian together with their children Lance and Chase for sharing their service love.
They tagged me along for a road trip from Cavite to the City of Stars and it was a memorable journey.
After the short program, the volunteers prepared for a sumptuous feast of spaghetti, fried chicken, rice, water turned into iced tea, fruit salad and a mini pancake with choco fillings donated by a generous Japanese businessman who visits the center monthly.
The feeding party was organized by Bro. Joe Dean with love.
Lots of it.
He encouraged the volunteers to always smile.
Every table were assigned to a feeding facilitator that helped the children on their needs.
I met Kathleen, a kindergarten student who had difficulties finishing her food. Her seatmates encouraged her to wipe out the fried chix and rice. She brought home the fruit salad.
After the feeding party, the volunteers were led to a short thanksgiving prayer and had lunch. I met other volunteers who have the same passion of serving others.
A short presentation about a new vision for He Cares in the coming years was shared.
Help build the He Cares Mission Promised Land – a sustainable farm community that aims to go beyond feeding and giving shelter for a day, towards giving a meaningful and abundant life day after day after day.
To know more about the program visit http://www.hecaresmission.com and find ways on how you can make a difference.
Bro. Joe Dean toured us around the He Cares Mission Center and mingled with the fulltime workers.
Their story of selfless love was inspiring.
I encouraged you to volunteer now.
Visit them at No. 9 Mines St., Project 6, Quezon City or contact them at (+63) 02 928-8910 or (+63) 02 453-0100. You can also email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
They also accept donation thru bank account name:
He Cares Foundation, Inc.
Bank of the Philippines
Savings Account #1953093053