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The fourth largest island of the Philippines is Negros Occidental. CHF Mercy Network church workers are reaching into the communities, or Barangays as they are commonly referred to, with the message of Christ. On a recent visit, the CHF ministry development team was able to get a first-hand glimpse into the work being done in these slum-like areas where many children and families live without hope.

A church worker named Faith makes frequent visits into the Barangays. She has been visiting a woman named Arlene and her family for six months. Arlene and her husband have eight children and have lived under a bridge outside of town for almost a decade. Although they live under a bridge, they are not homeless. Land is free underneath bridges and roadways, so many people make their homes in these places. Faith and her husband work by digging up sand and bagging it for sale to be used in construction. Her husband has been out of work due to an injury with his arm. A great strain has been placed on Arlene to care for the family and bring home an income. She is grateful for the visits from Faith. They encourage her and bring hope.

Faith spends each Saturday in the Barangay gathering children together to hear a Bible story. She shares about Jesus and how He loves them. The children are given food and are fed with love and care. Faith and other workers from her church are equipped to make a connection with the children in these communities and can begin a relationship with the families living there. Through these weekly Bible story gatherings, Faith has been able to engage with six families on a deeper level.

When CHF Mercy Network churches go out to deliver hope, they usually have food to give to the people. CHF has not been able to deliver Food Paks to the Philippines for over a year due to government regulations. Even though they have been unable to bring food to families who are in desperate need, God has opened up a way for these relationships to develop and flourish. Children’s Hunger Fund is happy to announce that a container of food was sent to the Philippines at the beginning of November, which should reach them by Christmas.

Praise be to God for his open doors of mercy!