Mission Impossible?

The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few…Luke 10:2

Based on a true story…

There was once 2 moms who were friends.  They were “squatters”, which was a term coined to poor people who lived in the slums.

In order to find money for food, both moms would go through the mountain of putrid garbage to look for plastic bottles for recycling.  They need to collect 80 pounds of plastic in order to earn 80 cents.  80 cents would be enough to feed one family member a day.  So in order to feed the entire family, they would need to collect more than 80 pounds of plastic bottles.

One of the moms would always bring her infant, Raymond, along with her.  However, one day, Raymond wasn’t present with his mom.  The other mom got concerned and later on searched for him.  She found him in a garbage dump crying.  Raymond was left to die.  The other mother felt pity for him and took him even though she had 7 children of her own.

In her diocese, they have a Feeding Center established by The Risen Savior Missions.  The Feeding Center serves children who are malnourished.  Raymond was taken into the program and in 6 weeks, he looked like a different child.

Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested. 1 Chronicles 4:10

This was one of the stories I heard from Gerald “Jerry” Krosnowsky, founder of Risen Savior Missions.  As I listened to him, I was holding Gracie.  She was sleeping contentedly with me.  I realized how tiny my problems are compared to the moms who lived in the slums.  And how blessed we are.

You see, he said it only takes $10 to feed one of their children in a year.  About the price of 2 Starbucks.  Now Gracie drinks Similac Alimentum because she has MSPI (Milk Soy Protein Intolerance).  One Similac Alimentum costs anywhere between $22 – $25.  In a month, she would consume at least 4 cans of those.

So we spend about $100 at least on her special milk alone.  In a year, that’s $1200.  That same amount would’ve fed 120 malnourished children in the Philippines.

You can’t tell a man about the love of God if he has an empty stomach! – William Booth.

Once a child is added to the feeding program, the child is dewormed and fed.  And when the child is stable, they start teaching him about God’s love.

Now the average malnutrition rate in the Philippines is 25%.  In the Island of Marinduque Risen Savior Missions has been able to decrease the malnutrition rate to 4%!

And that’s almost comparable to the malnutrition rate in the U.S.  Now people can no longer say ending hunger and malnutrition is an impossible dream.  The goal has been achieved in one of the diocese.  It’s not an impossible mission.

And that’s why Risen Savior Mission was recently endorsed by the Archbishop of Manila.

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For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.  Matthew 25:35-36

Jerry recalled one time as he was feeding one of the children, he realized he was feeding Jesus.  And he also stated being a missionary is a privilege.  It’s a privilege because God is allowing us to feed Him through our poor brothers and sisters.

It’s an encounter with the child Jesus.

2000 years ago, 3 magi came and searched for the child Jesus. 2000 years later, wise men still do.

Click here to learn more about Risen Savior Missions and find out how to donate to the organization or click one of the buttons below to share. Thank you and God bless!

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43 thoughts on “Mission Impossible?

  1. That’s heartening. Good work by the missionary! Esp with the wide difference in currency exchange the money from US or Europe brings in a lot to Eastern countries…

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    1. The 25% is the average malnutrition rate PER diocese. There are 90 diocese in the Philippines. Risen Savior Mission has helped 33 of them already. So 57 more diocese to help. Marinduque island now has a 4% malnutrition rate. It’s the poverty that causes the malnutrition problem. Risen Savior has started a project in the island wherein they grow their own rice, soy beans and vegetables. This will help them become more self sufficient.

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  2. Reading through your post, our mission work in BLD came to mind and our work with Hands On Manila before. Since college I have been exposed to less-fortunate communities and though there are many organizations and individuals helping, our collective is not yet enough. We would try to run after targets in order to bring the rate of poverty down or slower. At the end of the day, I am reminded of what Mother Teresa said about changing one life at a time. Experiencing the generosity of people is truly inspiring and heartwarming. -Claire Algarme

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    1. Thank you, Claire. Yes, I totally agree with what you said. Jerry always mentioned that it was through God’s help that they were able to grow the Mission and help out. You bring home a good point that many people and organizations are trying to help but it still doesn’t seem to be enough. Risen Savior does this through partnership with other organizations.

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  3. God bless these organizations who do charity work for the less fortunate of society, whatever religion. Very disturbing to read about children being abandoned by his parents, but that is a reality in third world country.

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    1. Thank you, Fred. God bless the people behind these organizations. There’s a lot of work and they get physically and emotionally fatigued, too. They need our prayers. This July 4th weekend, may we offer our prayers as one nation under God.

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  4. I think this is an amazing project to be part of, and it’s also nice that you’re spreading the word of the Lord while you help those who are in need. I’m sure this will help a lot of children grow properly through the years.

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. I hope more people join the effort through prayers, spreading the word, volunteering in packing the food (some companies would donate based on the volunteer hours) or donating. Malnutrition severely affects the brain development of children and proper nutrition will help their brain development and get them into school. There’s a public school system in the Philippines and that’s free education for them.

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  5. There’s no surprise that people who are less fortunate have more issues when it comes to raising their kids and it’s always nice to be able to extend and arm. It’s for the child’s sake after all. I like this cause because it’s close to my heart. I am a mother too and I understand the struggles of raising a child.

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    1. Thank you Amanda Love! And like the widow in the Gospel who donated 2 coins, I hope other mothers would also be inspired to share the message and donate to the cause. God bless.

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  6. What an inspiring story! This is very true, everyday we are given the opportunity to love Jesus through His children who are in need on earth. Every person you helped, smiled at, encouraged, fed, is Jesus.

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  7. Helping children is the most vital for our lives and for the missionaries out there in the whole world. The faithful love for children endows more than what we expect in return. Moreover, donation for a cause is very important for us all. Fernando Lachica

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    1. Thank you, Rochkirstin! “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure– pressed down, shaken together, and running over.” – Luke 6:38

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  8. What an amazing read! It really shows how different the value of a dollar means in different countries/living situations. It’s very heartwarming to know there are people and missionaries who are doing whatever they can to help those in need. Thank you for sharing Gigi! ❤

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    1. Thank you, Rebecca! I feel convicted because here’s a foreigner helping out my own countrymen while I haven’t really done anything to help out. I guess I was just too preoccupied with my own concerns and so used to seeing squatters in the past that I grew numb to it. But it’s never too late to start. So my husband and I have started a monthly donation. I also feel blessed to be part of a prayer group that prays for the success of all their endeavors.

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  9. My Mom used to support Hapag-asa Feeding Programs before. I am glad to know that it’s still active now. This is a cause my family will support.

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  10. It’s a truly inspiring story. Thank you for sharing this. It’s great that there are missionaries who dedicate their lives to the service of the poor. God bless them more so that they can continue to share their blessings to those in need.

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  11. Thank you, ate G, for sharing this piece. It’s humbling, relatable, and honest. Thank you for reminding me that there are people out there whose needs are far greater than my own. Although I have my own struggles here in the US, I still live more comfortably than most. While I’m worried about securing my future, right now others are forced to do the unthinkable. My prayers for tonight goes out to everyone who actively reaches out to those who are in need. There’s a special place for you (yes, including you, ate G and Mr. Jerry) in heaven. Along with our sincerest prayers and special intentions, I hope a number of us will also be moved to reach out financially. $10 a year to feed a child. Imagine that.

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    1. Thank you so much for your beautiful and touching message! And thank you so much for your prayers, too! This reminds me of a true story of this rich man who was trying to find happiness. One day, someone invited him to a mission activity. They were giving away wheelchairs to poor children. As he gave out one wheelchair to another child and he turned to leave, the child held his hand. He turned and looked at the child. And the child said, “Would you kindly stay for a few more seconds? I just wanted to memorize your face so that when we go to heaven, I can thank you a second time.” This rich man was touched and he started an organization that provides wheelchairs to less fortunate people. You have a place in heaven, too. You always have. God bless you for your generous heart!

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  12. I will sure try to help. Thank you for sharing this story. It’s a well written reality that so many families back home are suffering and need our help. May God bless you & your family as you continue to help those in need!

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    1. Hi Karren! Thank you so much for your help! I’m just spreading the word. May God bless the Risen Son Missionary team and all the donors, volunteers and partner organizations. It takes a village to help those in need. Praise Him. 🙂

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  13. Very inspiring story indeed, and makes us appreciate more what we have. It’s good to know there are groups who help people… 😉

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  14. I always thought that whenever I have problems. There are so many people who are struggling more than I do. Going back to the poverty and hunger, I definitely agree that there is nothing impossible if we will only be working hard for it. Glad that there are organizations such as Risen Savior Missions who are willing to lend a help for those who are in need. I hope they will be more people like them.

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