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Let’s simply call him JM. The first time I’ve seen his picture, he was a skinny  nine-year old and  was one of probably more than a thousand children being cared for by World Vision. World Vision is an international  Christian development organization committed to uplift the lives of less fortunate people and communities in more than ninety countries worldwide. Sponsors give  a monthly allowance to their chosen child.

It has been my daughter’s  dream to help somebody at this organization once she gets promoted in her work. So five years ago, she decided to sponsor a child from the Southern part of the Philippines.  She came home one day proudly showing a picture of a skinny but good-looking nine-year-old child named JM.  She told me that as long as she can afford to, she would continue to help JM with his studies. I asked her how she came to choose him and she said that his birthday is two days earlier than hers and his record was on top of the voluminous files of children waiting for someone who would sponsor them. Back then, we were all excited to know this child and  we were happy to receive letters, report cards, pictures and Christmas greetings. I asked her if there is any chance for us to see him personally. It could be arranged by World Vision but they don’t allow sponsors to go directly to the place where the child lives. Mindanao is a bit far.

The child is now in high school and he is getting to be a good-looking  teenager.  Last November when Nissa got married, he sent a letter congratulating her and his new Kuya.  It’s always nice to receive something from him, watching his progress in his studies and how the meager monthly allowance he receives spell the big difference keeping him in school . Nissa promised to sponsor him as long as she could afford it  and maybe one day, we’ll be given a chance to meet him personally. Who knows?

There are so many children living in poverty whose hope lies in other people’s help. There are so many out of school youth who simply need guidance in the right direction for them to be able to uplift themselves from poverty. And as long as you have that vision, that dream to study, God will make a way. And when  you stay focused on the dream, everything is possible.  It’s a grace to receive help from others but it is even more noble to do something good that you know can never be repaid.  I admire my daughter for keeping her promise of sponsoring JM. At her young age, she is helping shape the future of a child and in her own small way, she is planting a ray and a vision of hope for JM.

When the world says, “Give up,”
Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”




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I was looking for a nice  quote about mothers and I found this instead. It’s a lovely story about someone we simply call “mom”.

A baby asked God, “They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?”

“Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you.”

The child further inquired, “But tell me, here in heaven I don’t have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy.”

God said, “Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel’s love and be very happy.”

Again the child asked, “And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don’t know the language?”

God said, “Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak.”

“And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?”

God said, “Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray.”

“Who will protect me?”

God said, “Your angel will defend you even if it means risking it’s life.”

“But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore.”

God said, “Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you.”

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, “God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel’s name.”

“You will simply call her, ‘Mom.'”

– Unknown


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