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Field Updates

From Drugs to Christ

One of the most beautiful things in this world is witnessing the amazing works God is doing in people’s lives. Jesus was a champion of the poor, the weak, the captives,and those oppressed. He encouraged us to go preach the good news of His redemptive power to all humanity. It may sound like a taboo but when you look at Jesus’ ministry, He hung out with hookers (Luke 7:36-50, John 12:3) and crooks like zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10). The lifestyle of Jesus was filled with compassion, forgiveness, love, and restoration of all people regardless of one’s status or background.

One of the most neglected groups of people in society are the drug addicts. These people are hurting and in desperate need of the gospel. God opened up a door to one of rehab centers in Cebu to do a weekly outreach at the facility. Sharing the word of God with them you could purely see a genuine repentance flowing deep from their hearts. The goal is to disciple them and after, they will be integrated back in society.
This is just the beginning. My hope and prayer is that we will be able to reach out to many of these brilliant people being destroyed by drugs.

“… ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’ “‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’ “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.” Luke 14:21-23

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Empathy vs. Sympathy

An important way to build “kindness muscles” is to empathize with Others’ problems.
Imagine your friend is in a deep, dark hole. “Sympathy” means standing at the top of the hole, peering in, and saying “Oh, that’s so hard!” “Empathy” means crawling into the hole and being there with them.

Empathy vs. Sympathy

“I know exactly how you feel.”

Moses, went to the slave labor field and put his shoulder to the grindstone. He felt others’ pain as his own, and helped alleviate that burden.

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Foundation of Relationships

“What is the key to a successful, Happy Marriage?”

The foundation of any relationship, is a focus on giving: How can I best contribute to the other’s welfare? If both partners share this attitude, the relationship flows beautifully in both directions, building connection and a common bond of unity and love. Yet when the focus is on taking – “What will s/he do for me?” – the dynamic pulls in the opposite direction, away from the spouse, creating strain and tension. Kindness starts at home, that’s the reason why kindness is the foundation of a loving, enduring marriage.

Avoid the Negative

As any baby will attest, humans are innately selfish. That’s why, in describing kindness, Rabbi Hillel the Great, said: in – [Talmud – Shabbat 31a]

“What is hateful to you, do not do unto others.”

This forces us to think how it would feel to be on the receiving end of indignities we’d rather be spared. Once this first stage of not harming others is instilled in you, for example  – “Don’t throw trash any where” – it extends to a higher level of ethical living, for example; picking up trash on the street.

Some examples of “What is hateful to you…”:

  • Don’t embarrass others.
  • Don’t gossip or speak negatively about others.
  • Don’t take revenge.
  • Don’t disturb another person’s concentration or sleep.
  • Give people the benefit of the doubt.
  • Don’t keep others waiting.
  • Don’t display anger toward others.
  • Protect others from injury or loss.
  • Be honest in business dealings.

Each item takes a lifetime to master. And it’s exactly what we’re here for!

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Beach day out with the Youth

Sometimes, the best place to experience God’s presence, is going out of the four walls of the building. It is such a breath of fresh air when you go out and see the wonders of God.

Beach in Cebu

Everyone in high spirits

water

On the boat

Boat Ride

Albert Kents

No Swimming for Me

Beach outing Cebu

Sunset in the background

Everyone enjoyed spending time on the beach. Oh, even the guy who doesn’t know how to swim. -“Me”. Lol. I always enjoy going to the beach even though I don’t know how to swim. I like the breeze, the sand, and the atmosphere is very relaxing. Spending time away from the chaos and busyness at least for a day.

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