|"This is my new "pakulo" for my Children of God: Personalized Bags!"(Ma'am Ching)|
The LAGES Children of God have anticipated for this day. This would be the day they were going to receive their most awaited back packs from Ma’am Ching. Supposedly, these should be given last week however due to weak health condition of our dearest Ma’am Ching, it was postponed.
|A smile that could launch a thousand hopes|
But this afternoon, the back draft have glistened every Child of God’s face. And they were more amazed when they saw the bags. I knew they were excited ‘cause they kept on asking me about what time Ma’am Ching would arrive. Though these back packs have ignited joy and excitement among our Children of God but for me, I was more worried about Ma’am Ching. But I knew Ma’am Ching would love to hand the bags personally. I understand she would be more excited to see the joy in every child of God’s eyes when they got hold of their personalized bag packs. And I myself, would also love to see Ma’am Ching smile. Ma’am Ching’s smile means a lot to me and to the rest who loves her so much. For us in Leon, her smile could launch a thousand ships of hopes and inspirations. Hopes, for her beloved Children of God and; inspirations for us. She brings hopes to her Children of God. And we believe that with her advocacy she inspires children to come to school. She often asked me about her past Children of God who were already in high school. And when she heard good stories about them, she would smile and say “maayo.” And this is one of the reasons why we love to see Ma’am Ching smiles.
|"Lord, Your will be done"|
“Lord, your will be done.” This was one of the lines of Ma’am Ching’s prayer. It was a powerful prayer. But I knew God knows how much Ma’am Ching had enlightened our lives. And I knew God would bless Ma’am Ching more years because we (LAGES Children of God) always pray for it. In fact, we always sing the Happy Birthday song for Ma’am Ching. We do this because if it is your birthday, it is your special day and we believe that God grants wishes to celebrants. And every time, I lead the Happy Birthday Song for Ma’am Ching, we wish her good health and long life. Kaya kahit hindi nya birthday, we sing this song so God would know we want the pinkest of health for Ma’am Ching. And we would never get tired singing happy birthday for her until God hears our prayer.
“Thank you, Ma’am Ching,” poured out during the bags’ distribution. Indeed, the children of God burst with laughter. They opened their bags and they found more school materials inside. There were even lollipops (thank you LAGES teachers) and a pack of biscuit. The gym was filled with happiness. Some Children of God’s parents were around, and they saw how much joy their son/daughter had expressed upon receiving their bags. I knew Ma’am Ching wanted to feed them with her specialties; however her health does not permit her to do so. But Ma’am Ching managed to give the bags with a smile.
|"We prayed for good health for Ma'am Ching, too." (Children of God )|
There were 240 recipients of school materials (LAGES and DSDES). 165 were lucky to own Children of God personalized bags (81 DSDES and 84 LAGES). While, the grade III received some
schools materials. A young girl (grade 1) immediately run towards her mother and said “Naa nako bag, ma.” Maybe this girl had no bag before. Another grade 1 came to me and said “salamat, mam kay nadayon na jud.” I remembered this girl, she was “makulit”. She once came to my room wearing the Child of God t-shir
|,”Wala lagi nanghatag ug bag kaganina ma’am? |
Naka-tshirt na bya ko.”
|Grade II Children of God|
|GradeIII Children of God|
|My new babies: LAGES grade 1 students!|