Dear family and friends,
We’re continuing to work hard on all of the administrative tasks that are required of us at this time of year. This year has been especially challenging because we have to renew Hope For All Children’s accreditation with the social welfare department soon (which involves a lot of extra paperwork), and in the process, one of the government offices here wants us to make some changes with how our organization is set up, (which also involves more paperwork!). In addition, we had some problems with our accounting software last year after our computer crashed, which we didn’t find out about until recently, so I have been trying to get all of our paperwork and computer files related to our finances in order. Needless to say, I am NOT bored…
But more importantly, things at Hope For All Children are going really well! The kids in Hope Care (our orphanage) are doing well and are as cute as ever! I know that I’m biased, but we have some seriously cute kids here!! The Hope House girls are doing great too (and are also super cute!). They are really growing spiritually as well. A couple of weeks ago, during their Sunday evening prayer meeting, the Lord really met them, and they had a powerful time of prayer, prophecy, and pressing in to the Lord. It’s so exciting to see Him move in their lives and bring healing, life, and restoration to them!
In February, our team leaders, Mike and Jeannette Bailey, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary! We wanted to bless them, so we surprised them with a cake and a very large card that all of the Hope For All Children team, staff and kids signed! The Baileys really enjoyed it, and we were glad to be able to honor our awesome leaders!
Speaking of anniversaries, February also marked 9 years for me in the Philippines!! It’s so hard to believe that it has already been 9 years! I feel so thankful and privileged to get to do what I do and see the Lord moving in the lives of the people here. Thank you again to all of you who make it possible for me to be here by your prayers and your financial support. I appreciate it so much!!
We had a great team from Canada who came to visit recently! They helped with some building projects on the Hope For All Children property and ministered in several other settings. At the end of their visit, they wanted to go for a boat day, where we take a boat to a small island near Samal and do some snorkeling along the way. All of our kids and several of our house parents joined us. It was a great time! One really special thing that happened was that one of the guys on the team felt from the Lord that he was supposed to give a guitar to one of our Hope House girls. While he was here, the Lord had given him a picture of her leading worship, and he felt that he was supposed to bless her with a guitar. She is very gifted on the guitar, and she was thrilled to receive that gift! It was really precious.
Well, in light of all of the news about the coronavirus, for this month’s cultural note, I thought I’d share with you about another virus that is affecting us here — African Swine Fever (ASF)! Thankfully, humans cannot get this virus, but it is highly contagious (and deadly) among pigs, and it has been found to be an issue in some parts of the Philippines. In order to prevent ASF from spreading, there are places set up here where you have to get out of your car to walk through a “footbath”. This is a thin, wet mat that appears to have water and possibly some kind of soap or other solution in it, and you just walk across the mat (with your shoes on). They are trying to prevent the spread of the disease on the bottoms of people’s shoes. Hopefully, it is effective!
I hope this finds you blessed and not dealing with any viruses!!
About Beth Wier
Beth has served in the Philippines since 2011. She is a member of the Hope For All Children team which operates an orphanage specifically focused on abandoned children, manages feeding programs for malnourished children, and ministers to children who have been rescued from human trafficking. Beth serves as a house parent to girls in the Hope For All Children restoration home, and she also works with administration for HFAC, including compliance with government agencies and offices.