Biblia at Laro (Bible and Games) or BALARO as we call it, started in the field of Sitio Singawan, the year 2011. It was conceptualized by our former MAP nurse, Em Jimena, who passionately ministered to the kids.
They say learning is a journey that takes time, and that is usually true for me. But there are also special moments, such as the recent two weeks, wherein God just allowed me to journey in faith and learn far more than what I have in the past months and years.
I call them the “Sipit Ladies”. They are Cristina, Elizabeth, Elsa, and Mary Jane. They were the first volunteers of MAP when we reached Sitio Sipit Saburan way back 2009.
“I realized when you look at your mother; you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” Continue reading A Mother by All Means
Elsa is a simple wife and mom to 4 children. She belongs to a particular tribe of Aeta called Magbukon situated in Sitio Kinaragan of the municipality of Limay, Bataan. She was trained by MAP as a Sitio Health Worker.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6 It has been our desire that there would be a better place for the kids to enjoy their being a kid and for them grow in Christ-likeness, a place of integrating theContinue reading Kids’ Haven
Selbert Astrera is a tough man but with a tender heart for people especially those who are in need. Being raised by her Christian mother, he was a regular Sunday school attendee when he was a child. He had his first encounter with NGO missionaries when a calamity hit their hometown of Umiray, AuroraContinue reading My Chains Are Gone (Selbert Astrera of Brgy. Umiray, Dingalan, Aurora)
After our week-long Surgical Mission held in RUR Hospital in Bongabong, Joy’s family hosted us in their humble house in the middle of the rice fields. We stayed there for two nights and did ocular survey in the nearby village in planning to reach the Bangon Tribe- the last unreached people group of the Mangyans.
Once upon a time, in a land of rivers and mountains, I went off the grid and my family panicked. This story begins and almost ends with a cup of french vanilla coffee and a hotdog sandwich. While it was still dark, Marianne and I met up for breakfast then hailed a cab. With heavyContinue reading A Journey to the Land of Sleeping Beauty (Aurora)
David Lengoyna, or “Uncle David” as we fondly call him, is the oldest living Barangay Health Worker in Aguinaldo, Ifugao. He is now 80 years old. He served his community with MAP in the 1970s. If there is one person to tell the Hilgendorf clinic history, Uncle David is the best person to ask.