Friday, Michael Angelo Malaybalay wanted to go school but couldn’t. He simply didn’t have the ENERGY for the long walk and school day….. after a week of no snacks, skipped lunches, and skimpy dinners.
You see, Michael’s support comes from an aunt. Only a few months after he was born, his father died. When he turned 1, his mother left him with her sister and never came back.
Michael does everything he can to go to school and work hard. He never complains when everyone is eating lunch but him…. because he loves school. He is deaf and learning gives him the opportunity to have a language (signs), have friends, and a future.
Michael and his aunt live in a “Nipa” (native materials) hut. Fortunately, they do have electricity and potable water. Michael’s aunt sells cosmetics to earn a living. However, in an area where many people don’t have enough to eat, cosmetics don’t sell well. Her income does not meet their basic needs.
Thankfully, life for Michael and his aunt is about to get much better. A couple here in the US heard about Michael and asked to sponsor him. Due to their generosity, Michael will now have enough ENERGY to go to school every day. He’ll have money for transportation, for lunch, for snacks and for his uniform. Michael and his aunt will even have better meals at home.
And… Michael and his aunt have learned that God knows them and is the One to be praised and thanked for the love they are receiving.
Just think, Michael and his aunt are not the only ones receiving help. Fruit Bearers (made possible because of many caring people) has touched over 500 lives in Negros Oriental and has a growing list of needs.
For example, currently we have 25 other kids like Michael on a waiting list who need sponsors. Please know, what an amazing change a sponsorship of $35/month can make!
Do you want to help a child in need? If you do or if you know someone who would like to know more, please contact us at www.fruitbearersministries.com.
Judy and I just returned from 2 ½ months in the Philippines. Over the next few weeks we will write more stories about our experiences.
Thank you so much for your gifts. God is doing a great work in Negros Oriental and it is our privilege to be part of it.
Wes and Judy Robbie
Dear Friends of Fruit Bearers Ministries,
As we prepare to leave for the Philippines again, we thank God for your participation with us. Something divine happens when we network with the Kingdom of God in order to work out His purposes.
In 1 Corinthians 12:18-20 Paul writes, But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
It is evident, especially as we head to the other side of the world, that God uses the members of His body in so many ways. In order to accomplish what He wants done in Negros Oriental, He stirs the hearts of those that will function as different parts of His body. Thank you for responding to His call!
Our plan is to leave Washington on June 27th and return to the US on September 3rd. Over these few months we are confident God will work in and through us so that Fruit Bearers Ministries can bring His love to people with disabilities and we will see Him Bear Much Fruit!
We want to invite you to join us in specifically praying for our time in the Philippines. May God be glorified in our going and our coming. May our actions follow His Spirit’s guiding. Please see detailed prayer needs below.
Wes and Judy Robbie
Meet Mark D. He is described as responsible, hard-working, trustworthy, grateful, persevering and ambitious.
Four years ago at age 15, Mark ran to catch a bus while it was still moving. He just barely got hold of the handle by the door when the bus accelerated. Before Mark could get both feet inside, he was swept under the bus and the back tires crushed his left leg. He managed to get medical help, but his leg was amputated above the knee. He was forced to take a year off from school, as he recuperated physically.
A year later, his parents separated and his father disappeared. Mark’s mom had to find work to support her six children, so she moved to the large city of Manila, taking with her the two youngest. Mark was left, not only recovering emotionally, but also responsible to support and raise three younger brothers. At the time the boys were twelve, eleven and eight years old. The four of them stayed in the house together and Mark focused on teaching responsibility. Mark’s mother sent $10.00 a week to her sons, which was to supply food, clothing (including school uniforms for all four of them), school supplies, and other living expenses. This would prove to be a big stretch for Mark financially, but he persevered and got creative.
Mark got a weekend job at a vegetable garden working twelve hours each Saturday. This resulted in an extra $1.75 income per week. He also attended school full time and helped his brothers complete their studies.
Four years later, Mark is still working the vegetable garden on Saturdays, is extremely proficient in moving about using his cane and crutch (walking to and from school every day), and will graduate this month from high school near the top of his class. What a feat!
When students in the USA graduate from high school, they are most commonly asked, “What are you going to do next?” Well this young man, too, has dreams. The first is physical. He wants a prosthetic leg. Fruit Bearers Ministries wants to help. In the past we helped a child from Negros Oriental get a prosthetic leg, and we would be privileged to do it again. With our local Philippine connections and medical networking, we believe we can achieve this with only about $1,000! This would cover travel expenses to Cebu Island to get fitted and ready, discounted prices for the actual prosthesis and any medical attention needed, and travel expenses to return to Cebu Island to finally get the new leg.
Second, Mark dreams of going to college. This would be an investment for his vocational future. Incredibly, in the small mountain town of Mabinay where he and his brothers live, there recently opened a branch of Negros Oriental State University. Mark wants to study Computer IT, keep living expenses low by living in his house, and continue to raise his teenage brothers to be responsible young men that will finish their schooling years. We want to help him by providing scholarship money.
Our staff in Mabinay is in regular contact with Mark. We believe that by meeting his physical and emotional needs, we show God’s love which stirs Mark to continue seeking Him. Our prayer is that our regular contact with Mark and the help we are able to provide for him physically and financially will impact him spiritually. We’ve seen it happen in dozens of other lives. Our prayer is that the Spirit of God will also work mightily in Mark’s life!
One would never know, by talking to Mark, that his teenage years unfolded the way they did. His perseverance and ambitious choices make him stand out amongst his peers. And so we ask, will you help Mark realize his dreams?
If you want to help financially, you can send a gift to Fruit Bearers at PO Box 833, Duvall, WA 98019. You can also give on-line at Donate Now. It is a blessing to work together with you, as we empower people with disabilities in the Philippines!