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Philipino Challenges

12 November, 2003 11:32 PM

Last night at Living Room we had our Philipino Guests spend the night with us.

It was fantastic to see them again after almost two years since I was in Manila. Their stories were really inspiring. One of the guys (Sherwin) who shared was a 24 year old who lives in one of Manila's slums. When he was 19 years old both his parents deserted him and his 5 brothers and sisters. Since that time he's been the parent of his family. His youngest sister (who was 3 at the time) had a severe cleft palate and needed quite intense care.

Sherwin now lives in a tiny house (from memory of my visit its around 3 meters by 5 meters maximum) with 10 others from his extended family. They are all between the ages of 6 and 25! He gets up at 4am every morning to get his siblings off to school and doesn't get to bed until after 11pm most nights after a day of study (he is at college studying teaching), volunteering at a mission organization and working in the evenings for a youth organization.

Sherwin's story and faith was inspiring to me. Please pray for him and his family as they continue to struggle through their circumstances. Despite things being incredibly tough for them they are on the improve in many ways. Sherwin has been sponsored by a family here in Melbourne for many years as are a number of his siblings. This enables them to get a good education and provides them with some basics of life. His youngest sister has also been the recipient of sponsorship to enable her to have an operation for her face. She is doing a lot better.

I also heard last night that Slick who I previously blogged about has been taken into care by a government social welfare department. The workers we travelled with in Manila have lost contact with him but trust that he is ok.



I will be sure to pray! When you here how some people live and just makes you realize even more how blessed you are! Thanks for sharing!

Beth Sargent » 13 November, 2003 1:26 AM

"sever cleft pallet" = severe cleft palate

» 13 November, 2003 10:21 PM

Could you tell me the needs of youths in the proviences.Describe a typical Filipino from the province.Hoe can a Christian witness to them

simon » 8 March, 2004 2:37 PM

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