The Greatest Gift for Angelica

The Greatest Gift for Angelica

VIGA, Catanduanes — At one point in her life, she thought her dreams will forever remain a dream. But thanks to Operation Blessing’s wheelchair distribution project, Angelica is now a few steps away from reaching her goals. In her sixth grade, Angelica was stricken with polio. Great sadness filled her heart. She felt everything was taken away from her and […]

A Miracle Witness

A Miracle Witness

BARAS, Catanduanes — “Behold, I will bring health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.” (Jeremiah 33:6) This particular Bible verse manifested in the lives of Catanduanons as they benefited from a weeklong Operation Blessing medical mission in remote towns in Catanduanes island to answer medical and dental needs of residents. […]

Hope and Faith Regained

Hope and Faith Regained

VIGA, Catanduanes — Eight-year-old Jerika Tubolto has cerebral palsy, but she is not different from other kids her age. She has a bright and cheerful smile that would captivate anyone. She is the youngest of Santiago and Aileen’s eight children. They make a living by selling chicharon and earning a measly 150 pesos a day. Their earnings are clearly not […]

Country Mom and City Mom

Country Mom and City Mom

With a salakot on my head and arm bands for sun protection, I followed farmer and mother Michelle, who led me to the open rice field to try harvesting for the first time. I was thankful for the country breeze, the soothing view of sprawling mountains with green trees, and the abundance of open space uncharacteristic of city life. I […]

I Have Two Hands

I Have Two Hands

When our children were young, we taught them how to recognize their hands. The famous song “I have two hands, the left and the right…” was sung again and again during the preschool years of our children. Then they learned how to use them as they watch us use our own hands. They learned to grip, they learned to touch, […]