A Journey to the Land of Sleeping Beauty (Aurora)

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 heavy bags, we walked from one terminal to the another. We were told it would be past my housemate’s favorite marketplace We saw a bus that confirmed we were on the right track, but got the wrong name. We thought it was DS, but it was ES for Earth Star. Death Star sounds cooler. We got there in time for sunrise. The pink and orange sky wiped away the weariness and replaced it with praise. (more…)

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Water Is Life

Sitio Ambang is located in Barangay Villaflor, Puerto Galera Oriental Mindoro. It is considered as a Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Area (GIDA) in the municipality. The indigenous tribe of Iraya Mangyans are the primary residents of the village accounting to almost 200 families. Skin diseases, Poor Hygiene, Malnutrition and Intestinal Parasitism are the leading causes of disease in the village.
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Light On A Hill (Mrs. Leah Morales of Sitio Tangan-tangan, Brgy. Maamot, San Jose, Tarlac)

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A woman in her late 30s, known to MAP and its missionary workers for about 6 years now, from the humble Abellen Ayta tribe of Western Tarlac, is Leah Morales. She’s a very notable person, with curious knowing eyes, ever flourishing smile, and a busy body like no other among the Abellens. (more…)

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Cross over: Through the Mountains and Raging River to Reach the Valley of Hope.

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Paul, Ira, Zoe, Nates, Chela, and Alice on the way to Sitio Tangan-tangan

When MAP team  ( Paul, Ira, Zoe their daughter, Chela, Nathan and I) were trekking  the Sierra Madre Mountains going to the Aeta village in Tangan-tangan, the Lord impressed this passage to my heart:  King David said,  “I will not offer anything that cost me nothing”.   I was reflecting   my time with mission- wow it’s been 35 years now that I have been serving full-time with MAP.  (more…)

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The Calm After the Storm

Hindi ko alam kung paano ko sisimulan ibahagi ang kabutihang ginawa sa akin ng Panginoon noong sumama ako sa Mindoro. Siguro una sa lahat nagpapasalamat ako sa pagkakataon na makasama bilang isang “volunteer” ng MAP. Sa probisyon ng Panginoon sa pinansyal at proteksyon sa loob ng isang buong lingo at higit sa lahat sa kaluwalhatian ng Panginoon na ipinakita Niya sa akin sa buong linggong paglalakbay.
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