Work with the Poor Update

(Pat Oconer, International Coordinator of CFC FFL Work with the Poor)

The Lord has truly blessed the work that we are doing in restoring lives of the people who were devastated by the recent typhoons. The support that comes from brothers and sisters is overwhelming.

The Lord also provided ways where we can share the work that we are doing to different companies who believe in our vision and mission. In CFC FFL Brampton Restoration village, Intellicare will be helping us build a clinic to provide a more focused health care program. CFC FFL Canada has been working so hard to finish the multi purpose center where a community center and school for the kids of Brampton is located. Peremeter USA, an IT company, will be taking part in providing an E-library, where kids of the site will be using it as an aid for research for education. And UP IE students will be providing tutorial services, and school materials for kids to make their education journey truly exciting.
In the CFC FFL RV site in Coloong, Valenzuela, the Lord has provided us, through the effort of EFI, to build a school for kids through the partnership of the Teleng Tan Brothers, EFI, and CFC FFL WWP. We are also starting to build the very first cooperative store through the efforts of brothers and sisters from Norway. A deep well is also about to be built to provide them with water to use for laundry, gardening, etc. The houses of those affected by recent typhoons will be relocated in this village, and the formation program for the beneficiaries and their kids are continuous. In Getafe, Bohol, we just finished constructing another deep well through the efforts of CFC HFL USA; and a school in Sogod, Leyte through the efforts of CFC FFL USA.
Century Corporation is also helping us in providing food for the feeding program that we are doing for the different BATA centers all over the country, starting from San Isidro Labrador and Mary Mediatrix in the district of Paranaque.
Just recently, we conducted the very first livelihood forum to bring out the best amongst brothers and sisters in the different work with the poor sites: to recognize God given gifts and talents, and to start working on a more sustainable community development program.
Truly the Lord is at work, and what a great blessing for us to see and witness lives of brothers and sisters in the different Restoration villages transform, not only in terms of financial capability, but more so spiritually (as it shows in the demand for Bibles, reproduction of GABAY sa PAGNINILAY (scriptural devotion), and the re-ordering of the HH CD that they use for worship during household).
When we start to recognize the greatness and goodness of God, we get to see abundance flowing like streams of running water. He has opened the floodgates! May we all take part in bringing Christ to those who are in need: to the poor and to the marginalized. We still face a huge work ahead, but with God and with our response, everything is possible. Luke 4: 18 ” The Spirit of the Lord is one me, because he has anointed me to proclaim the good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free”.