July 2019 Photo Update
Dear <<First Name>>,
June is the start of the school year in the Philippines and we kicked off the partnership based feeding programs at several sites. Over 200,000 meals will be served to children at our partner schools in the 2019-20 school year. We are blessed by the many donors who support these important daily, supplemental feeding programs.
We are continuing the feeding program at Atan Owe Elementary School for the 2019-20 school year, as well as the morning feedings at the Pamuhatan Elementary School and the Marilog High School of Agriculture.
Additional parent led feeding programs were launched in June at the Gadeco and Aplaya Elementary Schools.
In June, it was a joy to be a part of two Vacation Bible School programs in the USA. One of the programs raised funds for the feeding program at the Gadeco Elementary School in Balik-Balik. (Modesto Covenant VBS). The other program donated funds from the children's offering of June 2018 -- for crutches, walkers and wheelchairs (Sierra Bible Church Kid's Camp)
We are continuing to support food and other supplies at the Balay Pasilungan in Datu Salumay where children stay Sunday night to Friday afternoon, due to the long walk to and from their houses in the mountains. A local church blessed the children last week with hygiene and school supplies.
Joylyn, is now clubfoot free and is shown below admiring her new shoes. She went home in June without the assistance of crutches or a wheelchair. Great to see her progress at the Tebow Cure Hospital. Joylyn and her mother have stayed off and on with us at the Care Center since January.
In the first six months of the year, we have been able to assist about 50 families from far away areas by having a facility where the mothers and children can stay. This also has turned into a center for healing and discipleship for both the mothers and children. Shown below is a field trip in Davao for some of the families.
Almost all of those staying over at the center, are long-term clubfoot cases from the Tebow Cure Hospital.
Hannah Grace finished her processes at the Jubilee Foundation and the Tebow Cure Hospital and is back home now, walking for the first time on two legs! Several other cases are in progress.
Our 55th putptut unit was dedicated last week. We have two more units on order as well as 13 additional boats. Soon we will be over 150 families total in these sustainable livelihood projects. The recipients are so grateful to the sponsors of these units. Lives are being transformed!
The drivers of the putputs gather each Friday for a time of discipleship. They serve as ambassadors for Jesus as they travel the streets of Palompon.
Arlene is now teaching at the Davao School for the Blind. We are so happy that she has found a ministry setting for her skills as a licensed teacher.
Bibles are being distributed to rural pastors for new disciples of Jesus. Saturday, we met with another group of 20 pastors and distributed 400 Cebuano Bibles along with bumper stickers and some clothing. These pastors will also assist us with surgery cases from rural areas.
Joy is seen on the faces of the pastors and ministry leaders as they receive their Bibles.
The Padada Youth Center continues to expand after the completion of the VBS program and the Operation Christmas Child discipleship meetings. We are looking toward the time when this will be growing into a church plant, possibly before the end of 2019.
Russ, the bumper sticker man (89 years young) gave us another round of 2,500 bumper stickers to bring back to the Philippines for use on boats, putputs, motorcycles, bicycles, houses, etc.
Students from Davao School for the Blind participated in a tournament on Saturday with sighted schools from Davao. Four gold medals were earned along with several silver and bronze medals. SOD has supported this jujitsu program lead by a local friend for several years, as well as church services each Sunday at the school.
We are grateful for all the opportunities God is giving to Seeds of Dignity staff and partner organizations. We see a continued harvest of both good works and persons coming to know Jesus. We are committed to not growing weary in doing good works as in due time there will be a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)
Blessed by knowing you are in prayer for the ministries entrusted to SOD and for the generous financial support from many of our partners in North America and the Philippines.
Peter Cowles -- for the SOD Board and staff along with sincere appreciation from the many recipients of your prayers and blessings