From the very start , each project is a product of friendship. Friends who captured our vision.
in the new normal
DepEd’s decision to move the opening of classes to October gave us a window of one month to prepare the students for the new normal education. Having no mental stimulation for 8 months should be very challenging for the public school learners.
Praise the LORD for giving us the burden, the vision and the resources. With the two dedicated teachers ,the support of the barangay chairman, and the cooperation of the parents, TAKDA’s new normal supplemental education is all set .
The total number of students is 76 of which 10 are highschoolers. On the first day of the program, some 20 more parents are asking to enroll their children but we had to hold them for a while so as not to interrupt the designed safety grouping and strategic schedule. We also do not want to compromise the quality of our output by taking more than what we can manage. But we will eventually accommodate new students soon as we figure out a good solution.
The Laptop is still a prayer item. For now we are using the old computer for printing purposes. As an act of faith, we acquired an outdoor 4G signal booster for a reliable internet once we have the hardware we have been been praying for
(September 1, 2020)
The Pandemic is a game changer but it does not change the plans of the LORD..the awesome plan of redemption.
Weeks before Covid19 hit the Philippines I was praying “LORD, give me wisdom please..what do you want us do for Takda in the next 3 years? “. Then the pandemic came and I asked for direction even more.
The Department of Education says there will be no face-to-face classes, the school will have to resort to online solutions- something that is really so new to the children. Let us hope the government will provide enough hardware for these poor children. But whether the supply is sufficient or not , the need to assist the students on the “how” is paramount, so we are burdened to have the following in September:
1. 2 Full-time Teacher/Tutors who will assist the children in the “new normal” set up
2. 3 Computers with high specs
3. Repairs and modifications in the Takda Library to ensure safety.
As always, next to GOD we rely on our friends to partner with us. So we are having a special online concert to raise funds for the 3 items. We are so blessed to professional artists sharing their music , their hearts…. will you also share yours?
Tanglaw ng Takda
On of our most significant projects: Solar Street Lamps
Plate of Faith
Fifteen mothers and one father came on September 19. 2019 . With an average of 6 children in a family, the 16 parents represent at least 100 hundred people.
We shared Matthew 18:20-21 , actually a timely message for most of them- forgiving and to ask forgiveness. But the greatest forgiver is God who sent His Son to die for our sins.
Feeding of the 500
After the life-changing conference by Bruce Wilkinson, I prayed like Jabez : ” Lord, enlarge my territory ” . I want to serve Him more in every ministry entrusted to me.
For years, we have been feeding 80 to 100 children regularly..why not 500 ? It was a step faith, we do not have the funding for that big number but it is what I have asked God- expansion. So the campaign begins with few friends on facebook – simply asking to help us Feed the 500, and everyday I prayed…and Jehovah Jaireh answered. It is overwhelming, this project has a great impact on my faith…when you kneel down for someone else’s meal, GOD will surprise you.
God is never late, not early, but always in perfect time. A few days before heading to Bicol, the funds are good enough to prepare the basic meal and other expenses. Adjustments for better quality food will be made should there be additional donations.
“We could have raised more funds if we had more time..” one of our joyful supporter said , and I respectfully responded “more than the money we gathered , it is the new partnership in the ministry that makes me happy” .. because when we talk about enlarging our territory , it’s about sustainable ministry. So, with new friends who are now a part of TAKDA thru this project , I am hopeful we will achieve more for the Kingdom of God.
The original date was June 17. There were two inspirations for the theme of this outreach – Jesus Feeds the 5,000 (Matthew 14:13-21), and, a friend pledging weeks earlier to donate bread. So again, akin to Jabez’ prayer, ours was to feed the 500.
The bread arrived on the 17th. However, our friend gave advanced notice that by the looks of it, this batch will not be enough for the target number. Nevertheless, thankful for the blessing, we took it and sorted at home – hotdog buns, loaf bread and hamburger buns in various packages. After getting the inventory, lo and behold, guess how many pieces of sandwiches it added up to? 502.
This was a reminder that looks are deceiving, and that, like the Israelites in the dessert, God will provide our daily bread. Not lacking, not in excess, but just right.
The 10-hour drive to the south is not so pleasant, the endless road to Bicol is physically and emotionally draining but God reminds me that each part of this project is an opportunity to please Him.
By 8 in the following morning, June 18 ,mount Mayon welcomed me in all her beauty and magnificence. God’s creation on this side of the earth never ceases to amaze me even though I have been here thousand times. Before 9 AM , ate Nitz (our ministry partner in Camalig ) was already waiting at the foot of the mountain to help me with the loads.
The Hotdog Argument..
Rich or poor , children from all generations are crazy about this juicy red thing, the kids in Camalig would love to have one on their plates . I’d like to see happier kids on June 19 , the hotdogs should do the trick! But I was rebuked by Arlene, why feed the people with something that is linked to serious diseases ? At first I argued that one hotdog would not hurt – just one hotdog , just for today , just to make them happier. But as I learned from our church theme , Truth Matters . Processed foods are directly linked to cancer, even if just a bite on that sausage is negligible, I have to stand by that truth. It’s hypocrisy on my part.
Ok so no processed foods in the feeding and we want all nutritious ingredients into the menu. The pansit was almost a vegan meal with all the greens in it. of course no MSG 🙂 and funny as it may seem, alongside was spaghetti serving courtesy of Tina Rosal. Complimenting the avant-garde pasta mix, fried chicken was added to the combo.
The Bread determines the numbers.
There are at least 250 families in the community averaging with 4-5 members . We can not accommodate them all so we simply have to resort to first come first serve rule. The 502 nutritionally-stuffed sandwiches was our way to measure . One for each in the queue , and while the fathers and young adult men were too shy to line up, their wives and mothers collected their shares as well.
The faithful Nantes family has always been efficient in every ministry project in Takda. But facilitating the event, hosting , and documentation all fell on me- a challenge I have foreseen that is why I was hoping for volunteers who would actually go with me to Bicol.
The kitchen arsenal is no match to the large anticipating crowd. The “kawa” and “kaldero” are not big enough so we had to cook by batches, serve by batches.
Bring your own plates
By 4 PM the children were slowly populating the area with spoons, plastic cups ,and plates. In the past , we would usually provide disposable utensils but we figured it is not environment-friendly especially with 500 pax.
This also revealed that some families don’t even have decent plates in their homes- they came with recycled selecta containers.
Once the food was served the line moved smoothly as every one patiently waited for his turn- such a disciplined community of children and parents. There were no tables so find your own dining spot and it was a joyful picnic day in Takda!
I scream for Ice cream !
At this point, the orderliness was somehow shaken. Believe it or not, most of them do not get to enjoy the simple pleasure of eating ice cream. So it’s really understandable why the queue to the sorbetes was a little chaotic.
Yet everyone got to melt a cold yummy dessert in his mouth. Then it occurred to me that this should conclude every feeding activity in the future.
“Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” John 6:12
The support that came is overwhelming, God truly provides and He does it in great abundance. The Feeding of the 500 experience is also about stewardship as spoken by Jesus after feeding the multitude “gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted”
Literally , the bountiful dinner was consumed to the last drop. There was no left over. But the message here is about sustainability, the ministry goes beyond the food and fun. Good stewardship is making the most of what the LORD has given us, we will continue reaching out to this community. It is our prayer that you consider visiting Takda and let God speak to you.
My next visit is in September 2019. Would you consider joining me ? In the meantime please pray for the following items:
- pray for a full-time missionary/teacher for Takda
- pray for God’s provision for repairs and expansion in the library
- pray for a sustainable livelihood in the community
- pray for all who heard the Gospel on June 19 , that God will continue to speak to them
- pray for dinner sets for some 100 families (remember some came with selecta containers )
Heroes of the 500
JOY DELA ROSA- HABON
KARL ANGELO ALMARIO
SHIELA PISIG- DGROUP
JOY DELA ROSA- HABON
KARL ANGELO ALMARIO
SHIELA PISIG- DGROUP
December 2016 , Michael Nino with his wife DC and friends Barbara, Khim, and Jhonel.
In May 2017, just in time before the school year begins, Peter Hayao and his family lead a group of CCFers to provide the children with high quality school supplies.
December 2018 , Godspeed Outdoors Ministry partnered with Takda
2017 concluded with our friends Cristina Rosal who lavishly provided yummy food on December 12. Some 100 kids received gifts from EZYDOG Philippines. Our friends Bernard and Peterson donated as well.
Rich Orosco’s family lead the distribution of the gifts and spent time in the community.
The Nantes family continues to minister as ambassadors of the gospel in Quirangay, Camalig. God bless the life of Genle, Nenita, Geno, Johnny, Christine, and James.
Reaching out the adult men in the community through LBM- “larong buko ministry”. Please watch the short video about this.
Our friends Sherwin & Mhean Reyes donated cash for this project. Pastor Noel Albania , a very dear friend, helped us with the sourcing of uniforms for the players.
There were a total of 48 players who signed up, grouped into 8 teams for the 3-on-3 tournament. Some came with shoes, some just on their slippers ,but they all had a great day of clean and officiated basketball game.
Few months after this activity, the players organized themselves to form a team for the Camalig Mayor’s Cup. TAKDA TEAM represented the whole baragay of Quirangay.
Sadly, 2 strong typhoons brought our baskeball court is down. God willing, we’ll build a better one , and we are praying that the Lord will bless us with basketball coaches to handle this ministry among kids and adults.
Are you into sports? Please help us.