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April-July 2018 News

Counting our Blessings…

The past few months at SP have been full, as we have welcomed three (3) consecutive mission teams while continuously providing services to our client (both in residential care and from the community); with some admin and staff members finishing well in their studies.
Indeed, this would go down as one of the busiest times of this year. But our hands were never too full to count all our blessings! 

Meet SP’s New Faithful Champion

It was almost 2 years in the making for this trip to come into fruition. And when it did happen on June 16-24, 2018, everyone at SP was so impressed and blessed by how Ms. Brenda Barker and her whole team served! Composed of seven (7) people, with one of them being an SP adoptee, Judson Baptist Church Team from Nashville, Tennessee, came prepared and purposeful for the whole 8-day trip.

Thanks to Ms. Brenda and her husband, Mr. Ken Barker, who are also adoptive parents of two wonderful former SP boys, for their leadership and being so intentional. It was definitely a week filled with service, love, giving, and sharing of God’s Word inside and outside SP facilities.

It was truly a blessing having Judson Team here and just to know that the Barkers will continue to advocate for SP in their church and in their community. Thank you, Judson Baptist Team!

Kids’ Dedication

Thirteen (13) SP kids have been dedicated to our Lord Jesus Christ last June 17, 2018. Thank you Pastor Lynard Molo for officiating this wonderful event. SP families attend Church of God, Silang, Cavite where Pastor Molo shepherds this family of God.

On its 3rd year and prayerfully still counting!

 

Some people might not understand how coming to another country to “just play sports” with kids could be counted as a mission trip. But Lee University TN’s HESSE Department,under the leadership of Dr. Mike Iosia, with his wife Kim, have been blessing SP and its community kids for its 3rd year now, by hosting the Annual Summer Sports Fest.

They don’t “just play” with almost 100 kids each time they come; they touch the kids’ lives by pouring out their energy, time, skills and so much love! It’s the love of Jesus we see in each team as they cheer for one another and work to win each game and sport.

This year, the team also treated some SP and community kids to an amusement park. It was absolutely a memorable summer for our kids!

Mother-Daughter team

When SP family first heard that 2017 intern Ate Morgan Moffett was coming back to serve, everyone was thrilled! It was double the excitement though, when it was announced that she is coming over with her mom, Missy Moffett.

It was a week full of service, fellowship, learning and giving – made even more special with Missy and Morgan’s friend, Myra Miller, joining them! Mornings were spent doing tutorials and learning activities with the kids, preparing them for school and for one for permanent placement in his Forever Family, while afternoons were spent with music lessons and fellowship with staff and preparing meals for everyone.

Qualified!

 

It was a double celebration at SP as Ms. Marilen Morris, SP COO, and support staff, Ms. Sharry Jane Dequiña, finished their Social Work courses in Oct 2017 and July 2018 respectively. Both passing the Social Work Board Exam taken on July 25 and 26, 2018.

Mrs. Morris finished her Master of Science in Social Work degree at the Philippine Women’s University with a relevant graduate thesis entitled “The Journey of Adoptive Parents in the US who Have Adopted a Filipino Child”.

Sharry, who graduated with Bachelor of Science in Social Work at Cavite State University, was a scholar of Samaritans, Inc. for four (4) full years of her degree.  Samaritan’s Place is happy and blessed to have her onboard as SP’s residential social worker.

 March news

One of the SP children, a two year old little girl, was picked up by her adoptive parents. We did our usual “SP” things to strengthen the bond between the parents and child.

We arranged Skype every day for the family and printed the parents photos (with their permission) to show to the child. We talked about the adoptive parents (AP) with the child many times during each day, and asked the child to proudly show her adoptive parents (AP) pictures to anyone …and everyone.

At pick-up, all went well. The child immediately went to her adoptive parents (AP) with no problem or crying.

Some things we have seen & learned about adoption pick-up to be proven true:

  • Skype  (or any video call) is a wonderful thing, no matter how young the child. It allows the child (for infants) to hear the voices and see the faces of their AP. We also put their picture right beside the screen. It is amazing to watch how the child’s eyes move from the picture to the Skype screen of his/her AP online.
  • For AP, the video call is also important. They get to visually see how their child currently looks and get a “guesstimate” of the size needed for clothes, shoes, color of clothing, etc.
  • Then, when the AP arrive at SP, we hug them, pat them, rub their arms … demonstrating to the child that SP staff (the people the child trust) are comfortable with the AP. When they know we trust and are comfortable with the AP, the child becomes at ease with them as well.
  • As a child caring agency, we need and use the family book of the AP to help prepare the child.

We are often asked, ” How do the other children feel? This is a very appropriate question!

Several times, including this March, one child asked repeatedly, “When do I get a Mama and Papa?” (Side note: amazing how they always say “and”). Others may not ask verbally, but their silence and body language tells it all.

We encourage the children to celebrate as their friends join their adoptive family and remind them that we are all praying to the LORD to also prepare for them their own parents. But if SP has to be their Forever Family, we will daily show support, love, and care for them. While their young minds may not fully comprehend how and why things are like this for them, we make sure they know they feel loved, safe and belong with the SP family!

Please help us pray for more adoptive parents that love the LORD Jesus and love children! May more families open their hearts and homes to children yearning to be chosen.

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Date : 25 Dec 2014

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