POC CHILDREN's HOME
As we approached this Month we at POCF church have started a new Series focussing on “CLAIMING THE PROMISES OF GOD” called “Yes & Amen”. This series has encouraged all of us in our journey of faith and our work in the Ministry, yet at the same time we have been going through many trials and testings too. We could see that as we claimed God’s promises for us, the enemy was also at work, trying to rob us. We were challenged with health problems, financial problems and some of our facilities just started fall-ing apart. These challenges were not only present for us as a family but also for all of the staff at POCCH. They too were going through similar circumstances. Some suffering the loss of family, health problems and the lack of finances to provide for their families.
One of our workers was 7 months pregnant and started bleeding. Having no money she didn’t want to go to hospital. She didn’t realise that her unborn baby had died and she was being poisoned. Thank-fully one of our other workers Katrizia, intervened and got her to the hospital on time, otherwise we would have lost Michelle as well as her darling baby.
All such challenges would ordinarily have been over-whelming, but we are not left hopeless, but we have been able to claim the words of the Lord in:
1 Peter 1:6-7 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold- though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So, when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus is re-vealed to the whole world.
We appreciate all your prayers and support not only for the children at POCCH but for each of our staff who have been through many challenges. The prices of fuel, food and electricity have increased so much that it has become harder and harder for us to keep up with the bills.
We were also challenged with the lack of water sup-ply. The summer heat has become unbearable and dried up the well for our water supply. So, all of the staff and all of the children who were willing, joined us on a day of fasting and praying for our situation. Praise God! He sent rain! Though we still have some problems with our water pumps, but we praise God we do have water once again.
Even in the midst of many hardships and trials God has proven to be faithful to provide for our needs, we have had continuous donations from friends and family who help towards some of our needs. One day in particular; on the first week of May the Social Workers arranged for the children to have a whole day out at the park. They organised games and sports for all the children to play. As the day was coming to an end a couple were observing the staff and children and were blessed by what they saw. They then ap-proached one of our staff and gave P5000 (£77, $100) for the kids to enjoy some snacks. The social workers bought an unexpected treat of pizzas for them, and the kids enjoyed them very much.
Yes, there are many needs and many bills to pay, but we are not left hopeless. God is good and always has been. Take heart because your prayers and support are not in vain, but are precious to God and to us too. God bless you!
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Congratulations to our son Aaron and Paula on their recent engagement. We are so blessed to have Paula becoming part of our family, though she has had a place in our hearts for a very long time. Paula was once one of the children in POCCH, she studied in POCCA and has since become a registered nurse and has worked abroad. We are so proud of the woman of God she has become. Congratulations also to Paula’s sister Alexia and Elliott who were mar-ried this month in Australia.
POC CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
June 23 and 24 will be the end of the Year ‘Recognition’ and ‘Graduation’ programs respectively. Usually we have these two celebrations as one big event but we had to separate them for the sake of crowd control in compliance with Covid-19 regulations required by the DepEd (Department of Education).
On a positive note, with smaller crowds we can make use of the opportunity to invite the parents to visit our church building as the school programs will be held at POCF subic.
We will be celebrating with the14 students who will be moving up to the 11th grade (moving out of POCCA), the 18 elementary graduates and 31 kinder and nurse-ry graduates.
Regarding the next school year 2022-2023 (which we are expecting to start in September), the DepEd have at last eased some of the Covid-19 requirements for pri-vate schools allowing us to hold face-to-face classes for the first time in 2 1/2 years. Praise God!! We have al-ready started working on all the necessary paperwork and the various signs and floor markings (for directing student traffic in and out of their classrooms).
Sadly we have had some quite serious damage to the school facility of late. We were already working on replacing the ceiling in some of the classrooms that had been destroyed by termites, when the ceiling finally gave way in others. We also had the retaining wall running alongside the school, collapse. We praise God for His providence in that this occurred when there were no classes so there were no injuries to teachers or students. We also praise God too that through gen-erous donors in Denmark and in the U.S. we will start replacing both the wall and the ceiling. Work will be starting on June 02.
We would appreciate your prayers for our situation
regarding the purchase of our school, for the daily needs of the children in the Homes and for healing for Simeon from severe Acid Reflux.
Dondie and the pastoral team in POCF Subic recently held a 2 day conference ‘Reckoning’ (with a focus on ‘dying to self’ and ‘living and walking in the spirit’). The first was such a great success with more than 50 attending and members getting baptised in the Holy Spirit that they held a second conference for those who missed the first. More than 60 attended the second. Dondie hopes to hold confer-ences also for some of our other POCF churches in the future.
Whilst it is difficult to hear of the physical and financial hardships that my own family and my POC family have been through in my absence, it has been a blessing to see how the Lord has brought them through each of those various trials. It is amazing how He always provides from the most unexpected ways, but He of course, is always our source.
So far the “Give me this Mountain” project is doing so well. We have already been given more than £30,000 in donations and pledges to-wards the school land and building leaving just £70,000 to complete our budget. He is more than able and I believe it will be fully provided soon.
I have been so blessed to be able to spend this precious time with my parents. I would value prayers for my mum who has been struggling with
a very nasty cough that is robbing her of her strength and energy. Please pray too that the Lord will continue to use me for His glory and to be a blessing to others as I minister wherever He opens the door. If you are interested to have me speak at your church or small group please contact me by call or text at 07341467323
Once again we would like to thank you all for your faithful love,
prayer and support. Together Let’s Make a Difference!
Love in Christ God bless,
Chrissy, Dondie &
your POCM Family