Extended ECQ, Expanded Bayanihan Efforts

With the enhanced community quarantine being extended for the second time, levels of anxiety especially among those belonging in the lower rungs of society naturally shoot up. But beyond these storms that continue to beset everyone, there is a silver lining on the horizon.

Just recently, Harris Memorial College received inquiries from Ms. Jennifer Ferariza-Meneses, Executive Secretary of the Philippines Central Conference – Board of Women’s Work (PCC-BWW) of The United Methodist Church, on how our donors can extend support to those affected by the lockdown. Apparently aware of the bayanihan efforts launched by the school at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms Meneses contacted Harris officials and expressed the intentions of the three partners in ministry (Scranton in South Korea, Wesley Foundation in Japan and the General Board of Global Ministries for Asia and the Pacific) to help in the second wave of relief efforts. As needs increase, and so do the number of compassionate hands that are willing to demonstrate true Christlikeness to those most affected. Now, this is indeed a blessing from God!

By the 3rd week of April, the Harris Bayanihan Team resumed the relief efforts, but this time there was no appeals made. The blessings just kept pouring in from donors.

It was a joy for the team to be a channel of blessings to those in need, not minding the number of hours each volunteer spent in the relief efforts.

A total of Ph250,000.00 was received by the Bayanihan volunteers from the donors for the purchase of prescribed goods. The team willingly packed and repacked sacks and upon sacks of rice, canned goods, and other basic necessities to benefit the poor. A total of 160 families from the villages of Upper Javier, Lupang Arenda, and Melendres Creekside, all in Taytay, and Ticulio, Cardona, Rizal received these blessings. That translates to almost a thousand of individuals not having to skip meals during this quarantine period even for ten days.

When life becomes extremely hard, and it seems we are trapped in a pit, God extends his hand to take us out. And God uses people, this time from faraway lands, to make His love and presence felt. (RIS)