Vol. IV, No. 2
Dumaguete City, June 2012
Dearest Sisters, Associates, relatives and friends,
A loving and warm hello from Dumaguete! The school year has come to an end in the west and everybody is getting ready for their deserved vacation. In this part of the world summer has ended and our more fortunate children and youth have returned to school. I say “fortunate” because unfortunately there are still so many who, for various reasons, including financial ones, do not have access to education.
We know very well that there can be no progress or emancipation of a people unless it is through education and culture. For this purpose, this year we are committed again with all our strength to send to school a large group of our children and youth who live on the streets. We understand it is not an easy thing to do. There is often no cooperation from the families; this would be indispensable in supporting the children and accompanying them in their educational journey.
We have difficulty entering into dialogue with the local institutions and, most especially, we do not always have the needed resources to address needed expenses. We do not become discouraged and we keep going ahead, trusting in a loving God and in the generosity of those who support us from a distance, offering their trust and confidence.
Gospel Gifts of Hope
Some of them come to do volunteer work at our Shelter of Hope Center. This is really a wonderful opportunity to experience the Gospel life of reciprocity: “Give and it shall be given to you.” It is interesting to see how through their service, these youngsters discover the miseries and the hurt of their own city and their own people.
Blessed with Recovery and Renewal
On May 3 in the presence of civil and religious officials as well as a large number of people (especially those hit by Sendong), our dear Bishop John Du blessed both the laying of the first stone and the land granted by the City to build a small village that would host the evacuees. Attending as Franciscan Sisters of the Poor was a great joy and a wonderful grace.
This land is not far from the property where we are building our own “house.” We immediately felt like neighbors and realized we have a new place for our work and spreading of the Gospel. Speaking of “our house,” we are pleased to communicate that in a couple of months we may be able to move to the new house. The opening will mark a new step in our Mission in Asia, a new phase of the incarnation of our healing charism in the Philippines. Please join us in thanking God and all those who followed and supported us with love and passion during the first three years of our presence in this wonderful Asian land.
Dearest ones, a huge thanks to each of you. Without the support of your prayers and the offerings of the suffering that every day visits the life of each, which is an indispensable investment for any growth, our Mission would have already failed in all respects.
On our part, we commit to always remember in our daily prayers whatever you have in your hearts for yourselves and for your loved ones.
In loving gratitude --