18 Dec 2015
December 18, 2015

Our Christmas Wish Came True in Manila

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Article by Jizza Malquisto

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” This verse from Matthew Chapter 10 inspired IT Tender throughout our Disney-themed Christmas Party. Our aim was to share the magical feeling that God’s love brings to those who receive the Lord Jesus. You don’t need to “wish upon a star” or discover a “magic kingdom” to have your dreams come true. The star that caused the wise men to rejoice led them to a different king – a loving saviour who would teach about a different kingdom and would restore mankind to God. Our big event took place on December 5th for 110 children from various programs of IT Tender – namely Night Life, Sponsor-A-Child and Simula Learning Center.

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The children and even the adults were in awe as they entered through the colourful, castle-like decorations of the venue and then saw the staff and volunteers wearing costumes of different Disney characters. The program kicked off with Prince Charming introducing the host/emcee of the event. Children cheered as Elsa from the movie Frozen entered to formally open the party and welcome all the attendees. An American volunteer from Sunrise Community Church conducted the opening prayer, which was followed by a soulful rendition of “O Holy Night” by our very own Jericho. He is a beneficiary of Sponsor-A-Child who used to sing on jeepneys to earn money in order to help his parents. A special dance was then presented by the staff and volunteers which ended with a waltz together with children selected from the audience. The most important part of the program was the magic show performed by one of the visitors. He was assisted by a Filipina who also served as the translator. The evangelistic magician used tricks as his way to teach the children and youth about Jesus’ love and how He cleanses our sins.

After hours of games, picture takings at our photo booth and eating snacks, the day ended with the giving of gifts and meals. Children were giddy to receive gifts and a take-out meal from the volunteers. They left the venue with a smile on their faces and a twinkle in their eyes as they hugged the volunteers and staff.

We hope you enjoy these snapshots from the event…

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Elsa greets the children

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Vern Tapp – our magician from Sunrise Community Church

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Peter Pan mans the bouncy castle

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Fun for the whole family!

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The photo booth was a big hit

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Food

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We want to thank Extreme Response, Action International, Sunrise Community Church, Pedro E. Diaz High School, the local government of Muntinlupa, and the many individuals who generously supported IT Tender’s Christmas Party this year. Thank you for sharing joy with our children this Christmas.

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Pinocchio proudly displays some of our wonderful sponsors

Finally, we want to leave you with a sample of Jericho’s inspired performance of “O Holy Night.” Just Click here and enjoy the video.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from IT Tender!

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