Activ8ed takes the 1000 Steps

160227-activ8ed-1000steps-01The Activ8ed (Youth) group of our church went out of the usual Friday evening fellowship and bible study to get out and go to the Dandenong Ranges National Park, which is an hour and half drive from Melbourne.

They’ve taken and walked the 1000 Steps Kokoda Trail, a unique and renowned tourist spot at Mt. Dandenong.

Being the first Activ8ed outing for the year, everyone was excited as the weather forecast was warm and sunny.

Organized by the leaders of the youth, they’ve arranged themselves car pooling, packed lunch such as sandwiches and juice boxes, and went prepared with a first-aid kit, not to mention a nurse in the group.

160227-activ8ed-1000steps-03The day started bit cloudy and cold, but turned glorious sunny and cool when they arrived. They’ve started the walk as soon as everyone checked in.

The walk felt like forever – quoted by one youth

Our pastor and wife, plus a couple of parents joined to oversee the trip and made it to the top as well.

Going up was just half of the story. The other half perhaps was better.

Tiring but fun and for sure there will be more adventures being planned this year.

Contributed by JanPaul M

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Dance for a Cause

Reaching Out to the Hungry and Thirsty in the Name of Jesus…

Reaching Out to the Hungry and Thirsty in the Name of Jesus … Matthew 25:35-41

We hosted a night of dance, fun, and music. Proceeds will benefit these 4 institutions:

Bethsaida School for the Disabled

Bethsaida CBR Services for the Disabled Inc. began as Lingkod Banahaw, a former CBM-supported project. It was established in 1996 at Candelaria, Quezon, a three hours drive away from Manila. Currently Bethsaida is implementing a community based rehabilitation (CBR) programme in the municipalities of Dolores, Tiaong, Sariaya, San Antonio and Candelaria. The programme supports children with physical, visual and hearing impairments as well as children with a mental and/or developmental impairment. A parent organization in each municipality was initially established and will later on be federated into a provincial wide organization for advocacy initiatives.  Bethsaida also runs a small school for children with special needs, called the Bartimaeus Centre for Alternative Learning.

Bethsaida CBR aims to supports persons with disabilities through tutorials at home, physical therapy and the providence of trainings and seminars to staff, field workers, teachers, community leaders and members of the family about early detection and the prevention of impairments.

Bahay Pag-asa Center

Located in Brgy. Lamot II, Calauan, Laguna.

This facility was established two years ago by the Dept. of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) headed by Mr. Ernesto Montecillo. The primary objective of this project is to “promote the rights and welfare of children at risk and in conflict with the law under a restorative justice and welfare system.”

This program is to help the less fortunate people of Laguna, especially the youth.

I actually met with Mr Montecillo in October 2013 and I got the chance to meet the children.   There are 2 centres.  One for the boys and one for the girls. The girls’ centre were not only delinquent but also rape victims of their own kin.

Gawang Laya

Gawang Laya means ‘created free’ (invented by our western grammar in Filipino language). This is how God made ALL of us and this is His dream for us today, and the future.Gawang Laya is a network of hearts passionate about catalysing justice, in the context of globalisation. We seek to build a bridge between Philippines and Australia that is founded on mutual respect and depth of relationships. Through this bridge, we will tackle the issues of poverty and injustice.
“Gawang Laya exists to build networks in Australia and the Philippines – as individuals and/or organisations – by joining what God is already doing, partnering with local practitioners, and serving all people in need.

These networks are for the purpose of catalysing projects that help alleviate spiritual and physical poverty.”

Light of the World

A small Christian church in Olongapo City that caters to the spiritual needs of the children and youth in the neighbourhood. It teaches the Words of God to these children. After the lessons the church feed these children.

Contributed by Baby V, Roger A, Ps Tim

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