TEAM PHILLIPS!

This weekend marks the beginning of football season. College and professional teams begin their season and coaches are making decisions on who will be on their team. That is what my job is now.

Before I can go to Africa. 

Before I can focus on projects there,

I NEED A TEAM!

Jeanie and I are praying for 50 or more team members. We need a team who will pray on a regular basis for us and for Africa. We need a team who will give on a regular basis to enable me to oversee existing projects and to help start new schools, orphanages and nutritional centers where we see the need.  

In order to keep operational cost below 10%, MANNA Worldwide asks all their Directors to raise their personal support.  It is the desire of all involved with MANNA to make sure donations that come in for the children, go to the children.

Please consider being on "Team Phillips"

It is easy to join! Go to the DONATE page on this site and follow the instructions on how to give on a recurring monthly basis or for a one time gift. It is our desire to have our support raised by Spring of 2017. There are so many children in need in Africa and we are anxious to have a part in making a difference in their lives!

We would love it if you would send an email and let us know you are on the team! Subscribe to our newsletter and connect on Facebook to keep updated on the new journey God is taking us on! Thank you in advance for your support!

-Gary

SCHOOL TIME!

It’s time for school! Gary and I no longer have school age children, but can see the preparation of many everywhere we go.  There is the frantic shopping for school supplies and clothes and the joyous posting of pictures of children’s first days of school on social media.

For most families in the States, parents do not question if their child will be able to go to school. In fact, most have several options as to how they will educate their children.  This is not the case for many living in developing countries.

Imagine with me a mother who desperately wants her children to receive an education. She knows that without one, they are destined to live the same life of poverty as she, but because she has never had the money to pay for a birth certificate, her child cannot be admitted into school.

Picture in your mind, even if that mother had a birth certificate, she could not afford the uniforms and shoes that in many countries, the public schools require. Many families are caught in a never ending circle of poverty because the opportunities to better themselves are nonexistent or unattainable.

MANNA Worldwide is all about trying to break that cycle and give children the opportunities necessary to make it in life.  Many feeding centers around the world do more than just feed the children.

There were many times, we helped the families in our centers purchase birth certificates, uniforms, shoes and school supplies to assure our children could start school and stay there. Now, many years later, we have seen these children graduate from high school and go on to attend a trade school or college. 

This year, as you prepare for your own children to attend school, think about the blessings you have and if possible, look for ways you can make a difference in a child's life.

Go to MANNA Worldwide to see all the different projects around the world including Nutritional Centers, Orphanages, Clean Water Projects, and much more.

Also, by supporting Gary and I on a monthly basis, you help MANNA Worldwide keep their operational expenses below 10%. All gifts, whether one time, or recurring monthly are tax deductible and much appreciated!

FAIRFIELD WEST BAPTIST CHURCH

This past weekend, I visited Fairfield West Baptist Church in Fairfield, OH. Pastor Rob Rosenbalm and I have been friends for many years. The first time we met was in the Philippines. Rob, a youth pastor at the time, came over to do some ministry.

Later, Rob became pastor of FBC and led his church to get involved with MANNA Worldwide. The church took on our feeding center in Novaliches, QC, Metro Manila and for many years, Rob and a group from his church would visit the children.

Fairfield West not only supported our center financially, but took an active part in really knowing our kids.  

One particular trip, the group from Fairfield West took the kids to McDonalds.  They provided them with new t-shirts, loaded them up in jeepneys and took them to a nearby mall where they were treated with a McDonalds meal of fried chicken, rice, spaghetti and an ice cream sundae! (Filipino McDonald menu)

Many of these kids had never been inside a mall or had the opportunity to go to McDonalds. It was such a treat! This became a regular thing to do whenever a group from FBC visited.

Thank you FBC for your support for MANNA Worldwide and for the years you invested in our center in Novaliches. We appreciated all you did for us! We look forward to once again partnering with you!

-Gary Phillips

WHY MANNA WORLDWIDE

Gary and I had been in the Philippines for over 10 years, living in northern Luzon, when we made the decision to move to Metro Manila. We were not prepared for the massive amount of poverty we saw in the city. Seeing families living on the streets, under bridges or in large squatter areas was heartbreaking. 

We were starting a church in Novaliches, Quezon City, MM and had no extra funds to help the families in our community.

That's where MANNA Worldwide came in. We knew Bruce O'Neal, the CEO of MANNA for many years and knew he was a man of integrity with a heart for impoverished children. MANNA was a huge blessing to us as missionaries. By partnering with them, we were given the funds necessary to help families in our community. Because of this, we built good relations in the community and were able to get a church started. 

Recently, a friend of ours posted why he liked MANNA. He listed most the reasons why we love MANNA and we could not have said it better. It's always good to hear someone else's perspective and experience when considering being a part of an organization. Check out WHY I LIKE MANNA by Don Mingo.

by Jeanie Phillips

ESGUERRA FAMILY

One of the families we had the opportunity to help while in the Philippines was the Esquerra family. Philomena, Gabriel, Michaella and Raphael were the 4 older children that started in our nutrition center we set up in the large squatter area near Agham Rd., Quezon City, Metro Manila. 

Philomena was a very sweet and bright young girl. She spoke english very well and took her studies seriously. From the start, she would always walk next to me as I visited families, holding my hand and sharing about her life and grades in school. She always wanted to make sure that I knew how well she was doing in school.

At first, Michaella had a temper that came out when things did not go her way, but as she matured, she became more like Philomena in her disposition. She also had a desire to learn and never missed an opportunity to sit under any teaching we did in the area.

Gabriel and Raphael were typical boys. Very active and rambunctious. Raphael would do anything to get me to laugh. I would often hear my name and turn around to see him making a face at me. I have such fond memories of this boy. As I would pass out medicine to children in the squatter area who were sick, he would often fake a cough to get me to pay attention to him.

At the time the children were in our center, their father was working any job he could find and their mother was pregnant with her 6th child. The last opportunity I had to visit with her, she was once again pregnant with number 7.  The homes in this area were eventually demolished and the families relocated by the government to an area outside of Metro Manila. At first, many of the families in this squatter area did not want to be moved but several years later, I was able to speak with Philomena and she told me how nice their new place was. Instead of a bamboo hut, they now had a concrete block home that was quieter and cleaner than what they at Agham Rd. 

The squatter area near Agham Rd had an estimated 50,000 children at the time we were there. We would never have been able to care for all of them, but because of MANNA Worldwide, we were able to feed 60 children on a regular basis and help many other families with basic sanitary and medical care.

Our desire is to see more opportunities open up through MANNA Worldwide in Asia and other parts of the world. Because of our many years in the Philippines, Gary has a special insight as to what could be accomplished. Will you consider giving a one time gift, or supporting on a monthly basis to enable him to help more families like the Esguerra's?

by Jeanie Phillips