Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Children of God:One my Joys in this World!

"Spot the Difference". Mingled with children, you won,t recognize Ma'am Ching. Being with children makes you also feel like one so she won't never get old, daw?(Ma'am Ching was at the middle.)

“I may not be the wealthiest person in the world or the most beautiful woman in the universe but GOD made me the happiest person on earth today for I am here now . . . celebrating the 7th Christmas Party with my Children of God.”ma'am ching

    “Who cares with this line?” . . . it’s a premise that anybody could say but for us here in Leon A. Garcia Sr. Elementary School, it was a powerful confirmation that God had listened to our prayers for Ma’am Ching’s health. We know that Ma’am Ching was seriously ill last June during her “Welcome Back to School” spree. She could barely walk, and if she talked, she would catch her breath just to finish a line.  And today, we saw an exhilarating “Ma’am Ching”. She was full of energy and she was back on her health. As usual, she prepared her specialties which we were sure could make a “history” to all her Children of God. . . “Ummm yummy spaghetti” . . . “More spaghetti please”. . .  or  “Pwede pa mangayo, ma’am?”. And there’s more, the give-aways! So cute! Cuddly stuffed toys! Plus red apples, breads and candies (courtesy of LAGES teachers. . Thank you mga Ma’am and Sir). Almost everything, a child of God could wish to bring home after the party. The new members of Children of God (Grade 10) got their Child of God T-shirts.
"I will keep all these hearts," said Ma'am Ching
The party started at around eleven o’clock. A short program was prepared and was emceed by Ma’am Marisa C. Caturza. The Children of God rendered the Doxology, community dance number and community singing “Joy to the World”. On the later part, the Children of God prepared their colorful hearts which they gave to Ma’am Ching in exchange for untiring kindness to them. Each Child of God wrote on their hearts their wishes for Ma’am Ching. Ma’am Ching was touched for she knew that these children could not give anything to her. She promised to keep the hearts. Then, she was surprised by the “Kapamilya Mas Winner Ka” hosts Ms. Redge Ledesma and Mr. Stven Suave who gave her surprises such as groceries and school supplies for her Children of God.
Ma'am Ching was surprised by KMWK hosts Ms Redge Ledesma and Steven Suave.
    She wished to give more than what she had prepared today but she had limited finances due to her medication.  As always, we knew that Ma’am Ching never wanted to leave her Children of God Advocacy. She always told me that she wanted someone to take over this advocacy, and it could be her previous group of students but it seems that nobody took her place as the “Servant of God”. And she would conclude then “Siguro isa ni sa mga rason why gibuhi pako ni Lord, for who would take care of these children?” Ma’am Ching really find great joy everytime she sees a smile when she gives something to her Children of God. And though her presence with us this year could only be counted (twice visits) but those moments have marked a difference, especially to her Children of God. One was during the time when she was sick, and then this December, which we witnessed a great miracle of Medicine and of God of course for bringing back the “Happiest Ma’am Ching” with us.(miiraellevera12/13)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


"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
and inspirations.
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.”
t and told me,”wala lagi nanghatag ug bag kaganina ma’am? Naka-tshirt na bya ko.” As if she blamed me for the postponement of the distribution. The fact was the grade 1 girl barely had notebooks and papers. The school materials she received would mean so much to her. These were few stories among the many inspiring stories each Children of God could tell. Simple stories, yet touching ones. Stories which we wish God would listen, and pave way to a more healthy life for Ma’am Ching. Because  we know that Ma’am Ching wanted to continue her advocacy but how could she if is sick; so we really pray for her good, good health, for the Children of God and for all of us who loves her so tenderly (miira s. ellevera 6/19/13).

Grade II Children of God

GradeIII Children of God

My new babies: LAGES grade 1 students!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

God Bless Ma'am Ching

Truly! how great thou Art! Ma'am Ching was able to gather all these materials from kind people.
      After Ma’am Ching’s feeding last school year 2012-2013, she kept telling that some of her friends were convincing her to discontinue the Children of God advocacy since it has greatly affected her health. However, she already had plans on how to pursue her advocacy and she planned it all throughout summer vacation. And the evidences were cleared and posted on her FB account.
These large calderine has caused my pain (heart enlargement) but 160 boys and girl find great joy with it. I cooked their foods here.

       Does God only touch the heart of those whose has been so concerned with others like Ma’am Ching?
‘Cause in spite of how weak she is, she shared whatever she could shared to her Children of God. Even me wanted to let her pause for a while with her advocacy and hope she will be in better shape. In fact, we(me and her LAGES Children of God members)  always prioritize her health on our prayers before taking her sumptuous meals. I could not really fathom the wisdom of the Lord for touching Ma’am Ching to be an instrument of kindness. When others are so rude yet strong and healthy but here comes Ma’am Ching who is so inspired to help but then weak and sickly.
In fact, we(me and her LAGES Children of God members)  always prioritize her health on our prayers before taking her sumptuous meals.

Ma'am Ching's good friend Dr. Otana. She was once a donor of her advocacy.
          She texted me last Wednesday, May 30, 2013. And Voila! I arrived at her house with files and bags and school supplies. She instructed me to update our blogsite and took pictures of all these school materials so she could acknowledge everybody who has extended their help with her advocacy. Ah kaya pala she can’t stop because she has been an outlet of other’s kindness. Her former students, co-workers, acquaintances and friends shared their blessings through her advocacy. She told me all their stories on how she got their help and I could not digest all of them. But I felt happy listening to all her blah!blah! since they were stories of helping others. T’was I could say, God still has left lots of battalion here on earth. And Ma’am Ching is their wakeup call.
Personalized Children of of God
      Ma’am Ching could barely move but her minds were always for the goodness of her dearest Children of God. I could not help to watch her pack these things, so I managed to place all the school materials inside the handsome personalized Children of God bag. It was cute and any child, who would wear it, could be an envy of others. While inserting the materials inside the bag, I remember my declamation piece about a young girl who took some school materials from a store and she was put to trial for not paying them. And it sounds like this:

Notebook for you!
                “Kumuha po ako ang papel at lapis para iguhit lahat ng pangarap ko. Kukulayan ko po ito ng magandang-maganda, nang sa ganun magkaroon ng kulay ang buhay ko. At buburahin ko po bawat pagkakamali aking magagawa. Nang sa ganun kahit sa papel man lamang, maging perpekto aking buhay. .  . Your honor masama po ba ang mangarap?”
I find great joy with my advocacy that's why I can't let it loss.

                But with the alliance of kind people through Ma’am Ching, some young girls won’t commit these wrong deeds. So, our heartfelt gratitude to the following for helping us realize the dreams of some LAGES and DSDES students:
These erasers were from Butch Benitez.

There are 170 school bags and all these are donated by Engr. Angelito Villegas 10 k, Rey Alegarbes 2,500 , May Aronakes 1,000 I added few hundred only..............but without Angelito Villegas who donated such big amount i won't be brave to order personalized schoolbags for the children....... why? my money all goes to my medicines and doctor's fees..........

Papers from Stella Ganzon

Notebooks donated by USEP Lab School Batch 1983

From Engr. Elaine and Jed Tan

          Let me share this beautiful homely of Father MontaƱa, a Rogationist priest. He was talking about how St. Francis of the Assisi relate the importance of sharing the least that you have, that every time you share a little of what you have; you become a Eucharist to others. (Miira S. Ellevera 6/2/2013)

Arch Engr.Angelito  Villegas  10,000  H.S. batch '78 4/2/2013 170  SCHOLBAGS (added 10) 14,000
REY  ALEGARBES 2,500 H.S.batch'80 4/3/2013 PENCIL  SHARPENERS 400
MAY PAULINO ARONALES 1,000 former M.A. stdnt 3/28/2013 Additional  notebooks  520 pcs 4,700
BB Istabillo 1,000 coop board member 4/5/2013 taxi fare 220
DR. SIXTO DALEON 2,000 USEP PROF. additional   crayola , erasers, papers 1,200
FRITZY GALLIDO  3,000 USEP CAS /my Godchild   5/25/2013 total expeses  20,520
 ENGR. CHING MENDOZA 1,000 former college  stdnt 5/17/2013 D.S.D.E.S. & L.A.G.E.S.
Annie  gomez  bowling 4,120 h.s. batch '80  5/2713
total  cash donation 26,620 as of   may 27,13  
total  cash donation  
                DONATION  IN KINDS
BUTCH BENITEZ  1,000 former RMC  co.tchr
 Engr. Stella Garzon former coll, stdnt
100 pad  papers    grade 1 & 2