May 2016 Dear <<First Name>>, It is summertime here in the Philippines. Schools are out and children and parents are looking for activities, especially in the rural areas.
Grateful always for your prayers and support,
SOD Ministries is again helping several different groups to put on successful summer programs. These programs help to open doors with many families. While we tend to stay in the background on these activities, we want you to know that the donations we received of Vacation Bible School (VBS) materials, supplies and the funds for snacks, etc, are making a huge impact through our ministry partners.
Each year, people collect "recycled" VBS materials from the USA to be used in the Philippines. We pass these on to partner organizations as materials are expensive to purchase here and the selection is limited even when stock is available. In 2015, we purchased some "starter" VBS sets in the USA and shipped or hand carried them here for use as well. A starter set is around $90 USD and is shared by several groups.
If you are involved in VBS programs or camps in the USA, we would appreciate your consideration to collect materials for reuse in the Philippines. Music DVDs, teaching and student sets are really useful items. If you have a heart to reach children and wish to financially support these programs, a donation of 125 dollars allows for a two-three day VBS for about 50 kids.
We are able to bless programs by supporting snacks, give-a-ways, photocopies, and other items to our partner organizations who put on these programs. In some instances, we have rented facilities for the camps and have provided the services of an evangelistic clown for closing ceremonies.
Some of our partners again this year are CRC - Oikos Theou, Global Impact, Datu Salumay Alliance Church, Ma'a Grace House Fellowship, and Trinity Faith Baptist Church - Palompon, Leyte. SOD is blessed to work with these and other groups.
Many here are willing to put on the camps and provide the staffing. What is lacking are materials and some basic snacks for the kids, perhaps a few toys or pens and pencils to give out for prizes.
Seeds of Dignity Ministries, Inc.
Seeds of Dignity Ministries - Mindanao - Inc.
Note: Photos shown are from VBS programs of CRC Oikos Theou in April of 2016, which were supported by SOD Ministries.
Donations can be made to:
Seeds of Dignity Ministries
17076 Carriage Road
Sonora, CA 95370
Donations are tax deductible in the USA.