Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Multi-tasking..bad or good?

I know most of us specially women multitasks, as much as possible we do not want to waste precious time so we end up doing/ juggling a lot with our two hands. In my case one mind. You see. I'm reading about this marketing materials called point of purchase displays while listening to music and at the same time taking all the lyrics of the songs in my heart ( just like "You are amazing God" that is playing now) and not only that I am also playing bejewelled on another tab. From time to time, I also peek on facebook to check if I have notifications. I know I multitask a lot and I admit sometimes it is not good. As I have said, I only have one mind and well two hands. But I just want to maximized the use of my PC and my time while I'm sitting in front of it. Is that bad? What do you think?

How about you? How far do you multitask? Do you cook while doing laundry? Do you watch TV while cleaning the house?

Monday, August 30, 2010

Strategic Planning

Today was a non-working holiday here so that means no office and no work but not for the Fishnets team. We just had our strategic planning the whole day. And it may sounds bad that I didn't had my day off but it's alright because the planning is worth it.

we have four months left for this year and for the kid's ministry,we have two major events left. The Praisin' Kids Town for the Special Children  on November 20 and the Christmas party and the gift giving on December 4 to which I am both in-charge. These two events need a lot of funding so please help us pray for more hearts to support us.

The team is oh so excited for the coming year. This early, we have already lined up activities for the kids here and in different LJBC outreaches. One thing for sure is the DVBS at Bataan.

The strategic planning is indeed very helpful. At least we've measured how far we've started for our goals and mission. Changing one family at a time may sound so easy but I tell you it is not. Urban poor families have different culture and norms and diverting and teaching them that God wants their life to be beautiful is not an easy task. Teaching a father to feed his child instead of using his little money in his vices (alcohols, cigarettes to which I hope is not a romeo y julieta cigars brand and gambling) is a gigantic task and we admit that we cannot do it but God can.

Our regular weekly feeding is doing fine but we need to recruit more volunteer teachers every Saturday. We will also do a basic classroom management seminar for them.

Please keep on supporting us through your prayers. And if you know someone who would want to help us financially you may direct them to International Teams/ Fishnets to see how they can be of help.

Blessings everyone!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

How was your weekend going everyone? It is actually a long weekend here in the Philippines. Our week work will start Tuesday to which I am thrilled. So I am having enough time doing a lot of stuff in the internet. Reading about spring loaded devices like spring plungers, downloading inspirational videos and songs, and at the same time prepping my self for the whole day strategic planning for the Fishnets team tomorrow.

It will be the very first strategic planning for the team and I do hope that after this the team will be more stronger, more unified and committed and is much better.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Hospital Visitation

Our church went to the hospital last Saturday for gift giving and visitation. PGH (Philippine General Hospital) is a a government owned hospital. And what can you expect from a government hospital? People who can not afford to go to a better hospital cramped there. And it is a very depressing sight. As I have said in my post below, I cried and Rudolf ended up consoling me. I cried that millions of people here in the Philippines are deprived of good health care service. I cried that a boy as young as 12 years was amputated and even cried more that despite of his situation, he was in high spirit and smiling. God bless his heart.
medical patients at the hallway

It's there where I realized and told my husband that we will never be rich in this life, we will never be someone who have hundreds of thousand of monies in the bank because we know in our heart we will be giving it away. For I can not fathom how our government officials are given millions as salaries and yet our hospitals are as poor as that. How can someone worry about not having an iphone with iphone warranty or with not having that flat screen tv, or with not having a car? I am not that insensitive. And I do not write this just to brag that I am good because I am not, but really I just do not understand why people complain so much when they do not even know the plight of the poor.

at least we have a play area for the children

This has been an emotional post. Sorry but I can't help it. The scene from the hospital is still here in my heart. It was my second time to visit and I hope I'll not be immune on my future visits. I still want to feel their heart, in that way , I will not lose the compassion to serve the poor as mandated by the Lord.
Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but helping the poor honors him. Provers 14:31

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thankful Thursday- Random

Today is Thankful Thursday so let us all give thanks to the LORD, well not only on Thursday but everyday :) Head on to Laurie's blog if you want  to join us.

Here's my random thankful list for this week.

1. Good health for me and hubby ( a lot of people around us are getting sick but Praise God we are spared)

2. For the opportunity to serve Him through the hospital visitation ( it is very depressing and hubby ended up consoling me, I just hope they've felt God's love through our visit and gift giving)

3. For God's word - Job 38 -It's like He was talking to me in a very personal way, telling me, "how can you doubt the things I can do for you Raquel? didn't you see I command each and every morning you have ?"

Thank you Lord for everything!!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

God whsipers

Dear Raquel,

When it comes to service, be outrageous. Go the extra mile. Do the unexpected. Wow them. If you're going to serve, might as well have fun at the same time, right?

To your success,

P.S. Don't give half-hearted service, Raquel. You're built for more exciting stuff.

I will Lord!! Thank you for the very timely reminder :) I will rejoice and be glad in serving you through our ministries!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Thankful Thursday : Phil 4:19

"And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. "Philippians 4:19

I was looking for another verse to share on my FB status last Tuesday night but the Lord has given me this verse instead. For the reason that He knows I am worrying about our finances and HE wants me to trust Him fully with what we need for this week.

I meditated on that verse day and night since then.

Last night, just after we prayed, my husband received a text message, a repeat order of printed t-shirts we made last month!. I really love how the Lord surprises us!! And I didn’t worry a bit even if we don’t have the money to produce that order because I know God will make a way. And guess what? He did!! We will deliver tomorrow morning and that means more that enough money for us this week. That also means we got to share some blessing for my husband’s father!!

To say that I serve an amazing God is an understatement. HE is more than AMAZING!!

Please visit Laurie's blog for more inspiring stories!!


Got this on my email two years ago, I thought I already shared this here but when I was  looking for it, I realized I haven't. I know we can all learn a lesson here..
"A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city"
(NASB - Proverbs 18:19)

James was a grocery clerk who started, with a capital of $65, to peddle cheese from a one-horse wagon. To say he was a dismal failure would be kind. James continued to push himself but grew deeper in debt. He was young and inexperienced, so he sought the advice of a wise Christian friend.

"You haven't included God in your business," his friend observed. "You haven't let Him take over the work - you've only asked Him to be part of it. That's not how God works."

This sent the young clerk into a tailspin. James was gripped with mixed emotions. He was offended that such a judgment be laid on him. At the same time, he was struck by his friend's blunt honesty. It was a pivotal moment for him.

Days passed as the young clerk prayed and pondered. Finally he crossed a line in the sand. He wrote his friend, saying, "If God wants to run this cheese business, He can do it. I'll work for Him." And this is what he did.

From that moment on, God became the senior partner in his business, the chief Person consulted in every decision. A chair was left open in meetings, reminding key staff of His presence. Over the months the business grew and prospered. It eventually became the largest cheese company in the world. James L. Kraft pivotal decision made all the difference in the Kraft Chesee Company.

Unfortunately, it's easy to miss the opportunity to recognize and take positive action in a pivotal moment. You may remember hearing the name James Huberty back in the mid-1980s. He made the cover of magazines nationwide for one tragic reason: He was the mastermind behind the "McDonald's massacre." He walked into a McDonald's restaurant with an automatic weapon and gunned down more than twenty people in San Ysidro, California. A SWAT team showed up moments later and killed him, which was his goal - he didn't have the guts to commit suicide. When it was all over, bloodstains splattered the red-and-white tile of the restaurant. More than two dozen people had been murdered.

The store no longer serves hamburgers to local residents. It now stands as a memorial to the lives lost that day.

What makes this especially heartbreaking is that James Huberty mishandled a pivotal moment. After being released from his job, he became angry with his supervisor, his family and himself. A colleague tried to encourage him. Sensing Huberty's anger, the friend pleaded with him to let his anger go. He urged him to surrender the issue to the Lord and trust Him to begin a whole new chapter in his life.

Sadly, Proverbs 18:19 proved true: "A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city". James Huberty never allowed his bitterness to be dissolved.

How many church members are like this? Something or someone offends them in the church and they allow that offense to fester until a root of bitterness grows in their hearts that defiles them. Instead of dealing with the offense in loving dialog and forgiveness, they huff and puff leaving the church full of accusations against the pastor, the leaders and other members - accusations that are, by and large, false.

Following this, they band together with other offended people and form a "bible study" where all they do is justify their offense before each other and pretentiously study the bible vainly attempting to display sincere and surrendered hearts. It will never work, of course, because the Spirit of God will never show up where offense is the basis of such gatherings. 

Or they move to another church where they claim it is more anointed than the one they left. But they carry with them the same spirit of offense that is unresolved in their hearts so whatever anointing they perceived in these other churches will never break through into their spirits that are marred by the offense that they carry around with them all the time. They have become victims trapped in and controlled by the spirit of offense like James Huberty.

These disgruntled and deceived people have lost a golden opportunity for a pivotal moment that could have led to their climbing higher in victory in Christ Jesus. Instead, they decided to be offended and take a journey to despair, desperately attempting to justify their tragic decision.

So, people of God - BEWARE OF BEING OFFENDED AND BEWARE EVEN MORE OF ASSOCIATING, LISTENING TO AND BANDING WITH OFFENDED PEOPLE. It can only lead to your own spiritual downfall and many years of bondage in this dark demonic spirit of offense that will only drive one to a "McDonald's Massacre" experience, even spiritually.

PRAYER: "Dear Lord, please help me to be free from the spirit of offense especially from a sister or brother in the church. Help me to be loving, forgiving and understanding and not easily offended. Allow me, O Holy Spirit, to be discerning of pivotal moments in my life that You allow in order to enable me to climb higher in victory rather than grovel in offense that will only lead to my own destruction and defeat. Enable me, O Lord, to be wise in Your ways, to be submitted to Your will and to discern the work of the enemy who comes to kill, to steal and to destroy. Give me victory over any offense that the devil may try to magnify in the situations and circumstancs that I face in life, in the work place, with family and friends and with my church. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen"


Monday, August 16, 2010

Arise, Shine!

image source : here


"Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you"
(Isaiah 60:1, NIV).

TODAY'S WORD (from Joel and Victoria)

Today, God wants to exceed your expectations! He has amazing things stored up for you. He wants to take you places that you've never dreamed and do things in your life that you've never imagined. His glory is rising upon His people. Things are going to fall into place so that you can accomplish what God has placed in your heart. Even the hidden dreams that you've given up on, God has not given up on. He is going to do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond all you could ask, think or imagine! Now is the time to arise and shine in Him!
Your mind may try to talk you out of it, but if you'll listen with your heart, it will resonate on the inside of you. Don't let discouragement hold you back or keep you down. Rise up every morning and declare, "Today is the day that the Lord has made." Choose to rejoice in Him. Choose to expect His goodness. Choose to arise and shine and receive every spiritual blessing He has in store for you!


Heavenly Father, I come to You today with an open and humble heart. Thank You for choosing me and for preparing a bright future for me. I will arise and shine. Let everything I do bring honor to You. In Jesus' Name. Amen

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Thankful Thursday -Ministries

It is always good to give thanks unto the Lord!

Today I am grateful for so many good things that are happening in Fishnets Ministry, I so remember this word from a Pastor " do not despise small beginnings" when we were just starting this ministry. We have no funds  but we have dreams of sending the poor children to school and helping them finish college. We started to send one, and then two and now we have 5 college scholars!! And not only that we also have feeding progras for Urban poor children. We also are now providing basic health needs (check-up and lecturing about health) to the mothers. This Saturday we will be giving vitamins to them as it is now rainy season here and a lot of kids are getting sick.

We have given livelihood for two family  and they are both doing well now providing for their kids.

And just recently, the Lord has opened new doors for us to minister to special kids in a public school for special children and we are so amazed on how God is working out things for everything.

I am thankful for those who help us, supporting us financially to be able to do this ministry and to our prayer warriors who pray for us unceasingly.

Last week, the Lord brought here a couple and they saw our ministry areas and they gave out toys for the kids and gave also some financial support for the ministry. God is so good!!

I see that as we are expanding and more ministry are opening up, the need is also escalating, We need manpower and we need resources but we do not magnify the need, we magnify God-the source of everything.

Please keep on praying for us. God bless everyone!!

and please don't forget to visit Laurie for more TT entries.

Special Ministry

A new area for our feeding ministry has opened up and this one is going to be special. Why? Because we are going to minister to SPECIAL CHILDREN and their moms. I believe these children are truly special in the eyes of the Lord and to introduce HIM through bible stories and singing and playing is just great!

I am thankful this school for special kids has given us the chance to do this. The moms will have bible study every Thursday at 10:00 to 11:00 in the morning right there in the school premises while waiting for their kids to finish classes. Feeding day is yet to be schedule.

Also, we are repeating the Praising Kids town (mini-carnival) especially for them this November 20 and I know this is kind of different. We are told there are 137 kids and to have them all at the same time is a huge task. But nevertheless we are welcoming this new challenge and opportunity to serve God through these special children.

We only have 9 people in our team, we do have volunteers but we need more specially on big affair such as mini carnival. Don’t worry you need not wear funny clothes or apple bottoms or be a clown. If you have time and resources and you want to be part of this ministry, please don’t hesitate to inform us. 

Our contact number is : 556 4239 or 832 5142 to 43. Here’s our ministry website: http://www.itphilippines.org/ministries/fishnets.htm

Thursday, August 5, 2010

We love you Maria!

Our church said goodbye to Maria last Tuesday night. She stayed with us for four weeks and she's a lovely girl. everyone loves her and we were blessed to have her for almost a month. We had beautiful memories with her, although all of her pictures are now lost ( she lost her camera on her last night, left it on the cab) and that was sad but with or without pictures, she will always be remembered.
We love how she chose to stay at the church mission's house with cockroaches and rats everywhere, in a small room which is not even equipped with Kwikset locks, a tiny bed, a shared bathroom without an automatic flush, without a shower (which means they used pail and dipper) but all in all she said she enjoyed her stay.

She willingly ate all the Filipino foods we offered and at least tried to eat balut (but she really can't). She visited a lot of ministries. And was even subjected to an unwanted meeting with a group which ended out so well and celebrated her 20th birthday with us.

We will miss you girl!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Fellowship Without Forgiveness: Impossible

Fellowship Without Forgiveness: Impossible
by Jon Walker

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32 NIV)

Fellowship without forgiveness is impossible.

As believers, we’re called “to settle our relationships with each other.” (2 Corinthians 5:18 MSG) We need to consistently forgive others and receive forgiveness from others, or we’ll “give up in despair.” (2 Corinthians 2:7 CEV)

Whenever we’re hurt by someone, we have a choice to make: Will we focus on retaliation or resolution? The Bible speaks candidly about settling the score: “Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.” (1 Thessalonians 5:15 NIV)

In God’s economy, it’s not enough to say we won’t seek revenge; we’re to press into the very heart of forgiveness, forgiving each other, just as Christ forgave us. (Ephesians 4:32 NIV)
The Bible is very clear that forgiveness is not optional for the Christ-follower. God sets this high standard because he knows how much is at stake in your life: Bitterness and unforgiveness are a cancer that eventually will destroy you from the inside out. Forgiveness is the scalpel that removes the tumor.

This doesn’t mean you’ll always be able to immediately forgive and be done with it. As you become more and more Christ-like, that will become possible, but for now you may have to work at forgiving someone who has hurt you in a particularly painful way. In other words, you may forgive this person but soon begin to feel a root of unforgiveness growing in your heart. When this occurs, you can go to King Jesus and ask him to help you with this cycle. He will help you release the offender, and the Holy Spirit will guide you in your effort.

A major point here is that forgiveness is a choice you can make. The power of God, working within you, means you no longer have to remain a slave to unforgiveness or bitterness.

In Colossians, the Apostle Paul provides the basis and motivation for forgiveness: “You must make allowance for each other's faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” (Colossians 3:13 NLT, italics added). When we remember the price Jesus paid to forgive us, how can we not forgive? (Romans 5:8)

What now?
· When you forgive, you’re not pretending it didn’t hurt – Forgiveness means you no longer hold the offense against the offender. It means you’ve pardoned the debt, and you’ve intentionally chosen to release the one who hurt you. We’re to love deeply, because “love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8 NIV)

· Stop right now and talk to God – Have an honest conversation with God about someone you need to forgive. Our heavenly Father knows that it’s not easy to let go of our hurts, but he will give you the grace to forgive.

· Be honest with God – Cry out to God; tell him exactly how you feel. He won’t be surprised or upset by your anger, hurt, insecurity, or bitterness.

© 2007 Jon Walker. All rights reserved.
Jon Walker is a pastor-advocate living in Tennessee and the former pastor of communications at Saddleback Church.
© 2007 Purpose Driven Life. All rights reserved.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Rght decision, major change. Trust, FAITH

It's the first day of August, and soon it will be over. Time is fleeting.

I am in the middle of "thinking and praying" to make/choose the RIGHT DECISION that will bring forth a MAJOR CHANGE in our life. I've had many wrong turns and decisions in life before and I would be lying if I say I don't regret it at all. There were even moments that I wished I could turn back the time so I can correct those mistakes but knowing that it is impossible I moved on and chose to just learn form them and be wiser enough not to repeat them.

How I wish, God has not given us the free will to choose for our own, wouldn't it be better if HE will decide and choose for us? after all He knows what's best for us. But of course, God wants us to TRUST HIM and He wants it every time we are in the crossroad and that we do not know what lies ahead. He wants us to have that FAITH.

And I wish I am only making decision like choose what is the best motorhome repairs or where to eat for dinner or what is the best coffee there is but sad to say I am not.

Whatever I choose I just hope and pray I'll be happy and secure not because I made the right decision but because I trusted HIM.