14 Dec 2016
December 14, 2016

Our Dream of a White Christmas Came True

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Every year the street children count down the days until IT Tender’s annual Christmas party. In fact, for many of them it’s even more memorable and exciting than Christmas day. They have the rare opportunity to receive gifts, school supplies, hygiene supplies and a big meal. The kids also experience games, crafts, a photo booth, and Christmas skits and songs. Even for our staff, the Christmas party is one of the most joyful and rewarding events. This is why our partners at Extreme Response are also happy to bless the children by sending volunteers from Canada and the USA at Christmastime. We want to thank our friends at Extreme Response and all of the individuals and groups who supported our Christmas party on December 3rd. We wouldn’t have been able to pull off a “white Christmas” in Manila without you!

That’s right, for the first time 110 children from Metro Manila had the opportunity to walk through a “winter wonderland” as they strolled into the party. The youth from Sponsor-A-Child helped with all of the winter decorations and performed some special songs and a skit. Never before have we had so many volunteers from our outreach communities. The mothers also volunteered to help run various games and activity booths.

The highlight of the day for me was a beautiful duet sung by two of our sponsor children Jericho and Jlaiza. You can enjoy their angelic voices in this video.

In other news, we want to congratulate Jonalyn Rivera for graduating from a 4-year leadership training program with a curriculum focused on practical theology. Jonalyn was once a student of IT Tender and acquired her high school equivalency through our ALS program (Alternative Learning System). She now serves full-time at IT Tender with humility, passion and wisdom, and it’s an honour to serve alongside her. Congratulations on this latest accomplishment “Pastora” Jonalyn! God is good in equipping our team.

God bless you and your loved ones, and have a very merry Christmas!

One Response to Our Dream of a White Christmas Came True
  1. CONGRATULATIONS to Jonalyn! We are VERY PROUD of you and PRAISE GOD for this wonderful accomplishment!!! God has great plans to bless and use you for HIS GLORY!!! May the Lord’s favour be upon in full! Merry Christmas, with Christ’s love from Nanay Linda and Tatar Wes!


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