The Gift Giving held on the 25th of February 2015 at 11:00 am at ICC Happy Valley Elementary School was led by Pastor Joshua Castillo and family. The activity was the extension celebration of his son, Johann’s birthday. Instead of celebrating it at home they decided to have a party at the International Children’s Care Philippines Foundation at Sitio Bucaran, Brgy. Bodega, Floridablanca, Pampanga.
Pastor Joshua Castillo is the Chaplain of AUP Academy and his wife Mrs. Castillo is the Guidance Counselor of the College. ICCP was truly blessed with their visit. The ICCP Administrator, Ms. Lorcel Faigao welcomed them and there was a quick preparation for the celebration. Their family together with some ICCP family happily worked together to finish the decoration, arrangement, food and gifts.
The event was started by a musical offering of Houses 1 & 2 titled “May Nagmamahal Sa ‘yo” with the guitar accompaniment by Papa Tony followed by a Happy Birthday songsung by everyone for Johann. With love from the ICCP family, the youngest boy from house 2 handed the birthday gift to him.
Furthermore, Pastor Castillo shared a wonderful story about “Valentino”. From his story we learned that it is important to an individual to be a loving and a caring person to others not only to the people who love us but also to those who are unlovable. He added that God loves us that is why we ought to love everyone. It’s really a message worth remembering!
Then, we have the prayer of praise and thanksgiving led by teacher Chetziel Valencia from Central Luzon Adventist Academy. The program continued on for chow time. The children and staff lined up to get their food. Praise God for such wonderful and healthy foods. Spaghetti and pancit, cake bars, juice and watermelon were served. Pens, pencils, clothes and used shoes were given as gifts. It’s really a fun time. Pictorials were taken with lots of cheers. What a real happy day!
Matthew 25:35-40 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink…. I needed clothes and you clothed me….Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?… needing clothes and clothe you….The King will reply, ‘truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
Let’s continue on to connect to the International Children’s Care Philippines Foundation because your heartfelt help will make a great to change to the lives of the precious children from now and on to the future. For more information about ICC Philippines Orphanage please contact at firstname.lastname@example.org TY.
Written by: Kheyen Roy Y. Penales
Edited by: Arlene Penascosas
Mobila Photos by: Kim F. Demagnaong
Pictures Added by: Kim Demagnaong