Stories continue…an update on Jason

Early last year I made this video about a little guy we met in a squatter village near Manila. There’s now more to the story…

Update time…

If you saw the video, you know he was living in very difficult circumstances. The people I know in his country are good people who love and care for their children, even if they lack necessities. However, Jason was in a particularly abusive situation and the government decided to get him to a safe place…

In this safer place, he gained physical strength and is now full of hope and faith. Our team returned a year later to visit him. He was strong, full of joy, loved to pray and smiled a lot. Mary Beth, the team leader, shared much more on our interns blog at cohinterns.org.

We met Jason through the Convoy of Hope’s Children Feeding Initiative. His belly if full, mind is learning, heart is full of faith, and he loves life and people.

Some reasons I believe this story is turning out well…

1. People are praying.

2. Our local partner in the area is incredible. He’s a very humble pastor, who sacrifices much for his community. He could work in another place making really good money, but he follows God’s call and is there. He’s very invested in this story and has spent tremendous time praying for and working towards the right solution.

3. The Children’s Feeding Initiative is about much more than feeding stomachs. It’s been an answer to the prayers of the pastor and his family, and a key tool for them to use in reaching their community.

4. People are following God’s plan for their lives…donors, our interns and intern staff, local missionaries who are helping the pastor, the pastor and volunteers from his church, our Convoy of Hope staff that gets food and more to this village, representatives of the Filipino government, those who run (and donate to) a nearby children’s home, and people who pray!

Thank you for caring for little guys like him. I look forward to sharing another update about his life someday.

From deep within, THANK YOU!

Thursday of this week, we’re having a gathering at the Convoy of Hope home office where I hope to convey thanks to friends and family for the prayers, encouragement, financial support, friendship and for being nice to us throughout this journey! With the same spirit, a quick thank you to from my recent trip to Haiti.

BTW: We’ll gather at the home office on Thursday, May 13, from 6:30-8 p.m. and you’re invited. e-tell me if you can come!

Calibrate conversation with Mark Entzminger

I had a recent conversation with Mark Entzminger, the DYD of South Dakoda.  He “called” to  chat about Convoy of Hope, our interns and more.  It’s to preview a bit of their Calibrate Conference this fall.  Here’s the conversation…

 
Calibrate Conference: Matt Wilkie from Mark on Vimeo.

Read more at Mark’s blog, www.sdyce.com.  The blog is full of resources and ideas…

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EE-TAOW It’s True!

There are still millions of people who’ve never heard that Jesus is the Son of God…some have never even heard his name. 

The story of Jesus, and what He means is powerful…and it doesn’t begin in the New Testament.  In the Wednesday night Bible Study at my church, I recently shared this story of EE-TAOW, which means, “It’s True!”  The story is about some indigenous people in Papua New Guinea, near where I spent 3 months back in ’03.  In fact, here’s a man I met on the trip…

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Here’s a clip from EE-TAOW from the web…and it can be ordered on line.  Good stuff…

Here are some boys I met on the same island where the video was filmed…

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