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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Madi's Moment

Hey KIM friends, 
I would like you to meet Madi. She is an amazing young woman who spent last Fall in PI. Read about her great time below and then check out the pictures of the new construction going on at KIM. 


My name is Madi Bennett and I spent this past fall in the Philippines working with K.I.M. During my senior year of high school I went on a short week long trip with my parents. This was the fourth time I had been to the Philippines, but I hadn’t been back for 5 or 6 years. I fell back in love with the country and people in just these few short days and wanted to spend more time there. I felt God calling me to come back so I decided to take my first semester of college off and live in Manila.

The main things I did from day to day was to go on the feedings and to work with the kids at the Children’s home, especially the nursery kids. I am studying Early Childhood Development and love working with toddlers and babies. It is amazing all the lessons I learned from these kids. They really show you how to love people. One of my favorite things at the end of the day, no matter how horrible the toddlers had been, how much spit up I had on my shirt, or how little sleep I had from doing night shift the night before, there was always one thing that made it all better. Goodnight kisses. The toddlers usually cried and screamed about going to bed, but once they calmed down I always heard, “Tita! Tita! Tita Madi…Madi…Madiii…Titaaaa Madiiiiii!” coming from their room. And all they wanted was a hug and to give me a goodnight kiss on the cheek. They are such sweet children of God.


While living in the PI for those months, I also got to travel to a couple of the other islands. I went with a few other people to Mindanao and was able to be a part of the ministries down there and had a wonderful time. I also had the blessing of being able to go down to Tacloban three weeks after Typhoon Yolanda hit to help feed people. It was an experience that impacted my life so much but is really hard to put into words and explain. God showed me that these people, the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda, are such strong people who are full of hope. I got to hear different people’s stories from the storm and pray with them. I hope that I helped the people I spoke with as much as they helped me see God’s love through their experience.




I came home mid-December but had the opportunity to go back for two weeks in March. It was really good to see all the kids and people that I built relationships with in the fall. I have plans to return soon. I don’t know what God has in store for me in the future but I do know that He is not finished with me in the Philippines.




Thursday, December 26, 2013

A Heart for Missions

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

I'm very excited about this next blog. This young woman has an incredible story about how KIM has had an impact on her life! I'm excited to introduce you to Chandler, an incredible girl close to the KIM family's heart. Here is her story:

When I was in high school the Lord made it clear that He wanted me to serve abroad. By the time I graduated high school I had been on two international missions trips and had fallen in love with learning about and living in new cultures. I loved going to serve, doing construction work, and helping with church retreats, but I longed to serve in a children’s home! I have volunteered in the children’s ministry at my church since I was in 6th grade, therefore; I thought the Lord was naturally leading me to work in an orphanage somewhere (and boy was I wrong!). So I started looking for ministries that would allow people to come and serve, just so I could experience what life working in a children’s home really looked like. To my disappointment, I was struggling to find real options. However, when I was explaining my dilemma to a friend of mine while visiting her in Singapore, she excitedly shared her experience with KIM and put me in contact with Mr. Jeff (who mentioned that I could hop on over for a visit since I was on their side of the world). Unfortunately, my father was not too excited about the idea of his 18-year-old daughter flying from Singapore to the Philippines by herself. However, he promised that he would talk to Mr. Jeff and see if we could make it a family trip later that year. Within a few months my family of five had a trip planned to the Philippines for our Christmas break. When it finally came time to board the plane, I was elated! I couldn’t believe that the day had finally come! Little did I know that the Lord was about to rock my little world and turn it completely upside down.
            A little over 24 hours later we landed in the PI, exhausted, but excited to be there. The next morning Jeff laid out our options of service until we were needed at the children’s home in a few days(our family came to serve so that the house moms could have time off for a Christmas Holiday). One of the options was to serve in a ministry that had only begun a few weeks prior to us landing, a ministry for expecting mothers (which has now blossomed into Hope Alive Clinic). This immediately caught my attention, so after breakfast I made my way over to the clinic area and told them to put me to work. Within a few minutes, Ate Rona was showing me how to work the fetal heart-rate monitor as I sat wide-eyed trying to take it all in. Over the next hour, my life took a huge turn. Seeing the looks on the faces of young mothers who were hearing their babies’ heartbeat brought me more joy than I had ever experienced and it left me yearning for more time with this ministry. For the rest of my two-week trip I spent time with Daisy and the ministry as much as possible, soaking in all the information I could get. As a result my mind began racing with possibilities: Why do I enjoy this so much? Do I need to change my major? Lord, what in the world does all of this mean?
            At the time of that first trip I was a sophomore at Berry College where I was in an amazing college program called WinShape, and majoring in Psychology. Now, here I was in the PI thinking about changing my major to nursing (which is a science major I might add, a subject I have always run away from) and pursing midwifery. I was completely confused! So I began praying and I confided in my mom about these new possibilities, but mostly kept quiet.
As the days passed, I transitioned into our time at the children’s home, primarily working in the nursery. Again, my world was rocked. I fell in love with the 12 kiddos I was taking care of every day. I desired a loving home for each of them, families to give them the one-on-one attention they so desired. The hours in the nursery seemed long at times, but I learned more than I could have ever dreamed about what it takes to be a parent, and all it takes to run a children’s home.
Before I knew it, our time was up in the PI. I left with an overwhelmed heart, knowing that I had to return to hold my babies soon, not knowing what the Lord was going to do with my future, and convinced that my family needed to adopt. When we landed I began preparing to return to my home at Berry and my WinShape “family”, but that only lasted two days. As a result of my mothers prodding, I had to admit that the Lord was giving me a clear command and I needed to follow it. That night I announced to my family that I would not be returning to Berry the next week, I was withdrawing, moving home, and enrolling in a local college to begin nursing school. The next week and a half was a whirlwind but the Lord truly gave me peace that surpassed any peace I had ever felt, gave me the opportunity to find closure with my Berry community, and gave me an amazing class schedule at my new school.
That first trip was in December of 2012. I have since returned three other times; once with my family, and twice leading other people/groups to experience the vast ministry opportunities in the Philippines. I was accepted into the nursing school of my choice on my first attempt and the Lord continues to open doors for me to work with young families as I work on completing my nursing education. I have also gained a huge appreciation of science in general, and I am daily awestruck at how beautifully intricate the Lord made the human body.
Although I never thought I would leave Berry or move back home, the Lord has led me to do both. What I didn’t realize was that He had more than one reason for doing so. Not only did He change my whole career path, but also the February after my families’ first trip, my parents announced that they decided to adopt from the Philippines. Through God’s providence, He brought me home so I could be here to welcome three precious Filipino children into our family, yes three! We are now a chaotic family of 8 and we couldn’t be happier! And to top everything off, these aren’t just any three Filipino children, they are a sibling group that we came to know and love while we served in the Children’s Home the past two Christmases!

My heart is in constant overflow of thankfulness as I look back on the past two and a half years of my life and how much the Lord has used KIM to shape my family and my future. I truly can’t wait to see where the Lord will lead in the next two and a half years!  


I want to thank Chandler for sharing her story! God directs our path and leads us into a beautiful future when we trust completely in HIM! Check back soon to see updates from the NFFCH's Christmas and relief efforts in Tacloban. 


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

"If there is a seed thrown, there will be harvest!"

Kids International Ministries was ecstatic  and very blessed to send a mission team of their own Filipino workers to Hong Kong at the end of July. One of the members of this team, Dess, is a social worker for KIM. Here is his account of this life changing trip. 




Thank you Dess, for praying for God to use you mightily and for sharing with us!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A Visitor's Experience


Meet A! 

A is an amazing young woman who spent a month in the Philippines spreading Christ's love to everyone she met. The most amazing part about A is that she became a Christian a little over six months ago, and immediately wanted to share the Gospel. This is a daunting task, considering that A lives in a country where it is illegal to be a Christian, but this didn't stop her from visiting K.I.M and being the hands and feet of Christ. She spent 2 weeks in Cainta at the YMC and then continued 2 more weeks with other local ministries.  A was very nervous about sharing her faith but as you are about to read, God guided her steps throughout her trip. Here is her story of her 4 week missions trip to Manila. 

(Some of the words are abbreviated for A's safety, but are pretty easy to determine.)

      Here's what happened in the amazing one month M trip in the Philippines.

For the first 2 weeks, I was with Kids International Ministry, I took care of the children in the children’s home, I lead their nightly devotions (My first time leading devotions ever!!) I was so nervous, but it went well, because G gave me words to say. I taught them crafts, and hung out with them. I took care of the babies and small children to help their caregiver (nursery workers). In the meantime, I went to another street children ministry in the evenings. Here I lead their devotions as well, bought them a white teaching board (dry erase), pens and inks. The sister (Myles) who takes care of everything in this ministry herself always cooks a meal for 50+children after their devotion every night, so I helped buy food so that they could prepare a better meal for these kids. I went on the feedings as well, to the poorest flooded area, we pr(ayed) with people before giving them food, and then played with them, and sang worship songs for them.
          

After this 2 weeks(in Manila), I went working with a church under YWAM I lead B study in their club for 4 hours-4 lessons which I learned from a sister in New Zealand! I couldn't believe it was many people's first time hearing those messages and expressions. I joined 2 of their B studies, sharing my testimony. People were so interested in me, they keep asking me how does it feel to be a Christian in C(country)? What is the situation there.....Then I visited a home for Aged people, where I shared my testimony with nearly 100 old people. I didn't have courage to share but I pr every time before I spoke, and the H.S did give me words to say. For another day, I went sharing the G with 4 young people to one of the streets where crimes happen everyday. We approached 10 people, about 5 of them pr to receive Ch with me. The last day I invited some gangsters for B study. They were even using drugs when I was with them, talking to them. I wasn't confident about what I could do for them, because I do not understand a gangsters life and how they feel. Amazingly, during our B study, I was able to answer their questions well,(one guy mentioned that he can't feel G's existence, I had a ball pen, so I told him that we can't see the pen point because of the pen cover. We can't feel G because our sins covered us, separated us from G. I heard about this explanation in a B study, I didn't know that I remembered this. haha Guess you will never know when you can use this to bless other people!  In the end of that B class, 4 gangsters pr with me to receive Ch. I'm not very confident if they really meant it, because it seems so easy for them to pr with me....:( 
     As you can see, this is an amazing week of experience for me!! I feel part of their family even it's only one week. 
    For the last week, I went to CEBU with the same P.I met many people there. They are going to different countries after this training. They all asked me many questions about how does it feel to be a Ch in C(country), what's the situation there right now...haha There was one older sister, she told me that she was one of the first person who smuggled B(books) into C(country). It was a easier week because it was just training every morning. I spent the rest of time learning violin! I had 4 lessons, and I could play 5 songs out of it! haha I wish to continue learning the violin soon.

Thanks A for sharing your adventure in the Philippines! Check back next week for more news from Manila and a recap of K.I.M's first ever mission team and their trip to Hong Kong!




But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
English Standard Version, Acts 1:8

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Change a Life, Break the Cycle

Once again classrooms are full with excited faces and eager minds. These kids want to be in school.

June 15 marked the start of the 2011-2012 school year for Cuatro Christian School and it’s sixth year of operation. As has been typical for the school in recent years, we are at maximum capacity with the number of students we can allow due to space and finance limitations.

We would love to be able to educate more kids, but we want to keep class sizes small enough that the children get quality time with their teacher. Also, while we offer free tuition for our students who otherwise could not afford to go to school, which is atypical for a private school, we do pay for our teachers, the children’s books and uniforms, the curriculum, building maintenance, etc. This puts a heavy financial burden on the school.

That’s where you come in. For $40 (or 10 Starbucks frappuccinos) a month, you can put one of these children through school. Never before have they had the opportunity to learn to read, write and do math. Never before have they had the hope of breaking the cycle of poverty that has plagued their family.

What resources has God entrusted to you? Are you investing them into the Kingdom? Here’s your chance...sponsor a child at the Cuatro Christian School. We’ll send you updates on your child, with pictures and letters from them. If you’re interested in sponsoring a child’s education, email John Dorrell, our sponsorship coordinator at dorrell.john@gmail.com for more information.

Break the cycle of poverty by changing the course of a child's life. Your step of faith can be the difference.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

We Want You!

“Only one life, ‘twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.” CT Studd

You only get one chance to live on this earth. Someday this one life will be over, and you’ll stand in front of Christ looking back at the life you lived. Will you have played it safe? Will you have used the talents, gifts and resources that God gave you to invest in His Kingdom?

We are looking for you. We’re looking for people who just can’t be satisfied living life for themselves. We’re looking for people who want to pour themselves into God’s service with their gifts and talents here in the Philippines. We’d like you to come work with us for a short while or permanently.

Of course, we want to utilize any gift or talent that God provides us, but if you fit in one of the categories below and would like to use your talents full time for God’s work here in the Philippines, please contact Jeff Long at jefflong@kidsim.org.

Our Current Needs:

-Website design/maintenance

-Writer

-Photographer/Videographer

-Camp Director (for Mt. Moriah Christian Camp, Mindanao)

-Teacher

-Construction Worker/Supervisor

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Week Without Walls

For the second year, we've enjoyed the presence of teachers and students from Singapore International Community School. Last year they came and impacted a nearby community by building a home for one of our long-time workers, Laling. This year, their service was equally important to the community around us. Not only did they have a chance to revisit the community they impacted last year, but they were involved in many projects that reached young and old alike.

Basketball is huge in the Philippines, making it a great way to reach kids for Christ. Aware of this, the team helped host a basketball tournament at the JCCV next door. With the help of Myles D'Ocampo, a ministry partner of KIM, six teams of teenagers showed up Monday morning ready to play. Leaders Don Cole, Sam Fleischman and Alicia Bandy refereed games from morning until evening. Between games, ICS students gave their testimonies, and a guest appearance by Kirk Long, Ateneo de Manila University basketball star, ministered to the players and bystanders. We had the opportunity to feed the kids lunch and award prizes for the winning team. ICS had a team in the tournament as well, taking third place when all was said and done.

The rest of the week consisted of hard-working efforts on the part of the team. Every day at 10am and 4pm, members of the team took community and children's home kids to the pool to teach them how to swim. The team also went on daily feedings, passing out food to hungry children in areas where families have a hard time providing meals. In both situations, just being there for the local community is a blessing. Sharing a smile and a hug can warm hearts and give hope.


Construction crews helped carry cinder blocks from the ground floor to the top of our new educational wing located behind the YMC (YunJin Lyso Ministry Center). Many construction materials were hauled around the community as the team members helped build and plaster walls, mix cement and build the foundation in the homes of three of our Filipino construction workers, Lito, Digol and Arnold.

Apart from the feedings, swimming lessons and construction, the team helped out in the nursery at the Children's Home, did devotions each night, played with the orphans, and were a constant presence in the kids' lives all week. Also, the team held a half-day soccer clinic for the community kids whose appetite for the sport is steadily growing. Clinics like this usually cost $150, an unthinkable amount for our community kids to pay.

As if that wasn't enough blessing for the team to bring to the table, they wanted to get back into the community they had served last year. They went back to help put in a basketball court and renovate some of the housing there. As they entered the community, they were surprised as the people they blessed last year knew all of their names and faces. That was a blessing right back on the team.

We look forward to having Singapore ICS next year, and the next, and the next... you get the idea. We love you ICS!