Pastor Mike serving meals
Our feeding programs thrive because of your generous donations and also because of feeding coordinators and volunteers who work hard to prepare, cook and serve food to children in need. Today, we have a total of 12 coordinators and at least 30 volunteers who aim to feed, nourish and empower kids in the Philippines
Pastor Miguel Gallo is one of them. He is our feeding coordinator for Sitio Dumpsite. Even before he joined ROFP, Pastor Mike, as he is called by many, wanted to conduct a feeding program there. He had been eyeing the community for a long time because of the poor quality of life there. His heart yearned to make a difference in the community. He was offered help many times by people and organizations pledging support through Manna Pack provision. However, this was not enough as he could not serve just rice—a standard meal in the Philippines is plain boiled rice with an ulam of vegetables or a meat or fish dish. But finally, a very good offer came. Not only would this new group provide Manna Pack; it would also provide ulam and fruits for the feeding. That is when Pastor Mike decided to join ROFP.
He considers joining us as a breakthrough for him. He described himself with the quote “Jack of all trades but master of none” because he worked on several projects but saw little success in them. Thankfully, he was able to focus on a mission and see its success because of the feeding program at Sitio Dumpsite.
Pastor Mike fed an average of 45 kids from Monday to Friday from November 6, 2018 to March 22, 2019. The primary success that he had seen was the weight added to the children. If you can remember JC from our previous reports, this is him now (see photo at the end). Before the feeding program, he's so frail he can't stand on his own. But now, he can run fast! Also, Pastor Mike is glad that the feeding program is achieving ROFP’s tagline FEED NOURISH EMPOWER. The kids are fed, their weight increased, and their lives are being empowered little by little.
Through the feeding program, he and his team are also able to share the love of Jesus not only with the children but also with the mothers present. It is very important for Pastor Mike to tend not only to the physical needs of the people but also to their spiritual needs. Pastor Mike is glad that he is able to plant seeds of God’s Word in the hearts of these children. He is hoping that the seeds he has sown will grow in God’s perfect time.
There are three things that Pastor Mike likes the most about his work with ROFP. First he was given the opportunity to make a difference at Sitio Dumpsite; second he now can reach the people and minister to their physical, moral and spiritual needs; and lastly, he can now finally start on working on the community development projects that he dreamed of. Pastor Mike is planning to build a community development center that is at least 50 sq. meters at Sitio Dumpsite. He plans to conduct programs such as Alternative Learning System (ALS)1, and skills training in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)2.
According to Pastor Mike, ROFP serves about 30% to 40% of the undernourished children at Sitio Dumpsite. Today, he is working on the Summer Meals program and on June #ProjectBaon will resume.
Please continue to support us through prayers and donations until we see a better future for the community.
1ALS is a parallel learning system in the Philippines that provides a practical option to the existing formal instruction. It is usually taken by students who did not earn a high school diploma but wants to enter college.2TESDA is a government agency tasked to manage and supervise technical education and skills development (TESDA) in the Philippines.
JC from Sitio Dumpsite
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Ptr. Rabe from Brgy. Manat, Trento, Agusan Del Sur
Volunteers in Trento singing with the kids
Cooking rice porridge for kids