My global child census at Surigao City (2006) was a week full of excitement and gladness for a friendly and hospitable people I meet there.From child development facilitator (CDF), project CRS staff, community development worker (CDW), volunteers andsome of the board membersfrom LISO, you can feel their commitment and joy of helping the families and children.
League of Intimate Service Oriented Inc. or LISO for short is a project full of dream and hopes where they are presently supporting 10 barangays and hoping to expand more.They partner with the health center, barangay officials, churches and other groups.The office is near the market, church, pier and schools.They use tricycle and multi-cab for their transportation.Some barangay live near the coastal while some in the highland and some near the city.It was a very peaceful place where you can stay outside even until 11:00 O’clock in the evening.
The venue for every global child census was held at every barangay’s Gym or basketball court. LISO staff provided snacks for every child and every after the interview we also gave lollypop for the registered children.They also provided drinking water for everybody. Some volunteers and registered families contributedcooked foodfor lunch, that’s why it's a fiesta every day.All area where we have a child count schedule, their volunteers even the staff wore a t-shirt with WV & LISO logo as well the sponsored children. They have a well-coordinated schedule, board members was there, they have a banner, APR was ready, chairs and tables are available as needed and most specially they are all aware of the activity. With their dialect, which I am familiar, two words I love to hear… Marajao na gabii (welcome or magandang gabi), jaon meaning meron (there is).
My experience during my interview with the children would I say “di mababayaran ng anumang halaga” (can’t repay with any amount).I have talked with some of the members of Caraga Kids and they are full of dreams and talents.As I asked questions like how’s your life before and now that you are receiving support from World Vision.They would really answer you back with happiness and thankfulness.
Then I remember a young boy from barangay Cañalipa.He is in third-year high school and was a sponsored child since grade 1.He told his story how his family struggles from poverty.From the blessings he received, what he appreciates most was the opportunity to learn & rights to be heard.And most of all, to know how God loves all kids like him.
We also went to oneof the sponsored child's house and visit their family. There I meet mother Bebeng and the siblings.They were able to share about their life and how God provides a blessingfor their life especially for the educationof histwo sons thru World Vision.
It is wonderful that God has chosen to make different races.Think for a minute, just suppose all flowers were roses – how boring.There is something to be said for a single red rose or a dozen long stems.But, how charming to have a bouquet filled w/ every color of the rainbow – each contributing its share to the whole.
With my global child census, I was also given a privilege getting along with people of different races, ways, and faith.As the golden rule says “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matt. 7:12.As Moses told the Jewish people, that they were very special and God’s chosen ones, they were to treat the strangers in their midst with the same respect they treated their own – with justice and love.Treat people as you want to be treated is the best way of coping with them.And that’s how World Vision performs.
I saw the beautiful children who are in great needs.And God is eager to show Himself strong toward Dreamers who take risks to do what He wants to be done.
As a World Vision staff, I compare us as warriors, because giants are always along the way of our journey.World Vision staff is facing a big battle…. from our mission and vision statement to our strategic directions – there is a lot to do.
I realize, Area Development Program (ADP)has its unique giants.Every time a giant defeated, God receives the honor, because more committedwarriors (staffs) are rising up and attacking them.It reminds me 5 days a week, 8 hours a day working in the office, that there are thousands of children dreaming of having the fullness of life.Because of this, I have motivated that my job even if it’s small it has a big impact in the ministry.A big dream is still more to happen, it’s waiting for me, for us. And if I/we don’t pursue it, something important won’t happen.