Feeding Program for Children in Sto. Tomas, Pasig City

My friend Mel and I went to Pasig City today for a feeding program for children. Kudos to Pastor Arnel/Tess Horn of C3 Church Pasig and to the leaders of “Samahang Magkakapitbahay ng Sto. Tomas Pasig City” who weekly do such an awesome job for these children and their mothers.

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So, there is this girl… who touched my heart. Her name is Mae, eldest child in their family. She practically grew up taking care of her 7 siblings throughout her childhood. It’s a good thing she goes to school even if her parents are financially challenged. We visited their house after the program and spent a few minutes there. I invited her for tomorrow’s church service (asked for permission too) and her dad allowed her to go so I’ll see her again tomorrow! :)

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Love Will Conquer Hate

Originally posted on Mind's Seat:

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Almighty God, we live in a world where we hear news about terrorism every day. Help us to remember that we have a weapon more powerful than their hate. You have given us the ability to love. Love is what cannot be stolen from us if we do not give in to the hate. We must not let all that is dark in this world to have the victory over us. 
 
Father, show us how we can share our love with others. In a handshake, a smile, a heart that listens to others, You give the power of love that ISIS and all evil acts of terrorism cannot take away from us.
 
Give us ears that hear and eyes that see the needs around us. When the darkness seeks to tell us that our efforts are useless, give us discernment that sees through that lie to the truth…

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Embrace Grace ~

Originally posted on CHRISTian ~ poetry by deborah ann:

~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann ~ Photo ByGraceThroughFaith IBible Verses

The wonder of God’s grace,
is yours, to embrace . . .
your sins it forgives
your past, it will erase.

Grace is unmerited,
no works to perform
it’s a gift undeserved
your life, it’ll transform.

Grace brings new hope,
to the weariest of souls
for, the gospel of grace
heals and makes whole.

Grace has the power,
to make all things new
if you lack the strength
grace will carry you.

Grace seeks you out,
it knows where you are
for the grace of God
is never very far.

The wonder of God’s grace,
is free for the asking . . .
if you embrace, grace by faith
it will be ever-lasting!

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Ephesians 2:8

” For by grace are ye saved through faith
and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka

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Help Addie with life-threatening mastocytosis have life-saving treatments

Originally posted on Mind's Seat:

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3935153a-f049-42bb-9d83-4ee8ce21d807_galleryThumbI look into the eyes of two year-old Addie suffering yet smiling through her pain after over 20 episodes of anaphylaxis. Addie has to stay home because anything in her environment can cause her to have a life-threatening reaction. It is hard for people to believe that one could have so many times of nearing death, but this is the sad and bitter reality of many people with mastocytosis. I know this because I have mastocytosis. You and your caregiver get worn down telling the story, explaining the condition over and over again, the ER visits where you often have to break through walls of ignorance either wilful or simply because they too do not know. I have had nurses and doctors minimize the seriousness of my condition. I have had my oxygen taken off by a nurse because she made an arbitrary decision that I did not need it…

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