By John Coffey
By John Coffey
Christmas is just around the corner, but in the Philippines people have been hanging up Christmas lights and playing festive music since September. The anticipation for Christmas by Filipinos is immense and unparalleled. However, many Filipino children have yet to experience the true meaning of Christmas and to experience the love, peace, and joy of Christ. This is why each year we host multiple Christmas parties in Manila – to share the joy of Christ with the street children.
I want to personally thank all of our supporters who have given so generously to our programs at IT Tender, to our sponsor children, and to the Christmas parties. Thanks to your compassion, the children in Manila have an opportunity to hear the message of Christ, to receive Christmas gifts and hygiene supplies, and to receive groceries for their families. My team has been working exceptionally hard this year in preparation of Christmas and I couldn't be blessed with a more dedicated and passionate group of workers. IT Tender aims to provide gifts and parties for over 200 street kids this year. I'm proud of my team for all their efforts this season in my absence. This is the first time in several years that I am celebrating Christmas with my family in Canada while on furlough for two months. Please continue to pray for my team and our programs as they continue empowering the community for God's glory.
Have a wonderful Christmas season. "Maligayang Pasko!" ("Merry Christmas!")