Dear friends and family,
Our community here in the Philippines was truly blessed when my childhood friend Nathaniel Hill came to visit us last week. His time was limited, so we decided to forgo all the typical tourist activities in favour of taking "Mr. Coffey's Whirlwind Tour of Programs for the Urban Poor". Nathaniel assisted with a lesson at Educare (our preschool for street kids), he learned all about our IT Tender Center (a drop-in center for street youth and kids), he experienced worship at our small community church, and he brought his own very big smile and personal brand of humour right into the streets and homes of many of our clients and the families we're reaching out to. Through our photos, I hope you can somehow vicariously share in the joy and even some of the pain that Nate felt as he witnessed the love, faith, and hardships of a community in the slums.
|As we arrive in Zanzibar Street, the kids are so excited to meet Nate.|
|In the Philippines, he is a very gigantic and very White child-magnet.|
|I've watched these kids growing up over the last few years.|
I love them in heaps, and I love to share their joy with others.
|Tin Tin teaches a phonics lesson in Educare.|
|Shelley prepares for the SAT's ...the "Shapes and Alphabet Test".|
|Teacher Tin tests phonics recognition and letter differentiation.|
|Angelica (far left) celebrates her thirteenth birthday with|
the abundant generosity from a new Canadian friend.
|Nate visits the Custodio family (from left to right: Lerma,|
Mackie, and my Goddaughter Micah). Mackie built their
humble home with his own two hands using wood and nails.
|Nate also drops by Raymond's place and is shocked to see|
how many Filipinos usually live together in one small room -
a room which Nate can't even stand up all the way in.