Saturday, January 31, 2009

Love in Action

O Lord, you have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress,
a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.
Isaiah 25:4a
One thing I love about being an Intelite is being able to volunteer in outreach activities. On January 30, 2009, we had a heart warming experience in Mama’s Hope Haven of Norway, Inc. It is located at 25 F. Manalo Rd., Pag-asa St., Brgy. Navarro, General Trias, Cavite. It was a pleasant surprise for some of our volunteers to discover this non-profit Christian organization which has a holistic approach in ministering to the communities. What really strikes me was that it caters to both the young and the elderly: for the young, its key objective is teaching self-sufficiency and poverty alleviation which can be achieved through education; for the elderly, a dignified retirement.
The day started off with storytelling to kids (Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, Twinkle Star & Where Do Balloons Go), parlor games (stop dance, bring me), singing program for elderly, feeding of snacks to kids, feeding lunch to elderly, fun and fellowship with all the beneficiaries & among fellow volunteers.
We had the privilege of meeting Ms. Rachel Trovi, founder and president of Mama’s Hope. I thanked her for having a burden and responding to the call to care for Filipino orphans and elderly. I was inspired with her act of sacrifice of being in the outskirts of Cavite instead of enjoying life in Norway. She is much loved and respected by everyone. I immediately connected with the vision of her ministry which is “to demonstrate a wholesome atmosphere where the love and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ can be experienced and shared in the best way possible.” Her courage and dedication is moving…she does not receive any salary for helping her fellowmen of another nationality. This is love in action. Indeed a tough act to follow.
We also salute the social workers, house parents and caregivers who minister in Mama’s Hope. You are living heroes and examples sa bayan ng mga volunteers.
For more details, visit Mama's Hope website at...

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