Philippines: Summer School
Because of your giving to Elim Missions BeLoved Campaign we have been able to impact the island of Coron in the Philippines that was destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.
Since the Typhoon, Elim Missions has been able partner with Pastor Glenn Isaguirre and all at City Gates Church in Antipolo to help the community through our Elim Relief Appeal funds and through Be Loved funds, bringing real transformation to the children on the island.
As well as building and launching a school on the island providing much-needed education to the children of this remote island, this summer City Gates Church held a summer school which included a daily vacation bible school (DVBS) for more than 250 children on the island. Your giving to Be Loved helped fund this summer school.
Due to members from City Gates Antipolo committing to spending 1 week in Coron to help lead, teach and assist with the summer school, 250 children heard the gospel and were taught on the theme of ‘Pyramid Rock’, following the life of Joseph. Each day the children learned more about his life and the ways that they can apply the lessons that Joseph learned to their own lives. They learned how God was their provider, healer, forgiver, and King. They sang songs and learned memory verses as well as meeting new friends and having a great time.
Running alongside the summer school there was also a feeding programme ensuring all children had full tummies too! It was a huge success and made a real impact on the community.
Community Leader, Kapitan Richard Badang, said of the summer school, “Speaking as a parent I am so happy about what happened here in the community during the DVBS; seeing our children happy and increasing in knowledge in just one week. The children were so excited by what they had been learning that on their way home they would talk about everything they had been doing and tell us all about it. As the leader of the community I am full of joy that you embraced this community to hold the DVBS. I am so very thankful for all the support and help that has been given to this community, firstly for the successful summer school and also for the many blessings that we have received as a community… We are forever in your debt.
Jessica Calingao Valones, a member of the youth team from Guadalupe, who travelled to Coron for the summer school said,
“I am so thankful because of the summer school I was able to reconcile with people I had fought with. It was my first time to ever experience a DVBS and it has made an impression on my heart all of the teaching they taught us about the word of God. Whilst we are together I had so many experiences. It has changed my perspective in life and because of that I am now going to church every week.
I wish that the summer school could continue not just for the summer. I have extended my patience with my friends because of what I have learned about forgiveness and I have learned that we are all the same in the eyes of God. Through the teachers I made a commitment to God and until now all that they have taught I know is still here in my mind and in my heart. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to join the DVBS summer school… I hope that more of my friends will join next year."