FEEDING PROGRAMS- BRINGING JESUS TO THE PEOPLE
Many families come to know about the love of God and His gift of salvation that He offers ALL who will come to Him. Jesus said,
“Let the children come to me, and don’t stop them: for the kingdom of God is made up of those with childlike faith.” (Mark 10:14, paraphrased)
We do a lot of singing and action songs and simple craft activities with the children like this paper folding of a cross. One sheet of paper folded like a paper plane and one tear done very carefully, will result in a cross with the scraps that make the word ‘LIFE’. These beautiful Filipino children are so well behaved. In these pictures we worked with 45 or so kids in a tight, confined space and the miracle is that no one lost their tiny paper scraps to complete their activity!
It is truly amazing that with outreach programs like this, hundreds of children and adults are able to be taught about eternal life, the gift of God to all who believe:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him (Jesus) should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Parents and grandparents who accompany the children to a feeding program event will also be taught the gospel by church workers and missionaries like myself and my husband. Then afterwards, everyone will be served delicious hot ‘sopa’ which is like a light milky macaroni soup with bits of chicken or thin slices of sausage. That is my favorite Filipino comfort food.
At another feeding program in a ‘poorer’ area the folks lined up with their bowls and spoons for plain hot noodles dished out from a huge pot, and they were invited to attend the barangay/community church.
Sometimes special services are held at night and because there will always be a meal served, it seems like a whole barangay will be walking on a road (no lights) toward a church at dusk. Before the service is over, many more people will have arrived and the small country church would be bursting at its seams! Later, meals would be handed to those lined up in several lines for a late dinner and bottled drink. Again, respect and order always prevails. I love the Filipino people! And God loves them even more!
You know, writing this post makes me miss being on the mission field!
http://www.fcmuk.org/freebies/talks/crosfold.htm Paper folding cross. We did a simpler version.