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THE VALUE OF CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

One fine day in a particular area in USA in the late 60s, there was an ordinary Sunday School teacher who resigned because she thought nothing is happening.  The kids were still noisy and inattentive in spite of her weekly effort.   Unknowingly, a number of young American soldiers were ambushed in Vietnam.   Many died instantly.

The wounded were brought to the camp for treatment.   As they were too many, the attending Doctors can only attend to one patient at a time.  But one young soldier called the attention of one of the Doctor.  That young man is dying yet he wasable to ask the Doctor to whisper his last words.  The young man said, “Please write to my former Sunday School teacher in America.  Please tell her thank you very much because one Sunday when I am still a kid, she led us in a prayer of acceptance that I accept Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and savior.  Now by faith, I believe that I am saved. Tell her that now I am going to heaven. Also tell her that I will wait for her in heaven to thank her there myself.” After that, the young soldier died.

Few days later, the doorbell rang on the residence of that old Sunday School teacher.  As she read the name of the sender, she could not believe she will receive a letter from Vietnam.  But as she read the letter, her tears began to flow and couldn’t help but cry.   From that day on, she decided to teach children again through Sunday School and actively participated in other Children’s Church activities.

The story was excerpted from one of the back issues of one known Christian booklet publication.

As to Vacation Bible School (VBS), it will only be for a few hours per day, in just five to six days.  If you think that teaching kids through VBS is easy, think again!  This is no ordinary school or summer activity as it is not simple as it looks.  This period is crucial to both attending children and volunteer teachers and workers. To those who have experienced it, the values and motivation kids learned from VBS will be their stepping stone to a clearer view of Christian life and pathway direction they will choose to go through in their life time.  Such activity will be very inspiring if the organizers and teachers will come-up with enjoyable and effective VBS.  As a result, this will strengthen their belief in God and will gain self confidence as they perform a task or goal or service to God through the Christian church they belong.  Many of them will grow to be a blessing to their family, churches, community because a teacher has stepped-up to share God’s love to them.   Same thing applies to Sunday School teachers.

If you are in anyway serve God through the Children’s Church, never feel that your efforts are not getting anywhere because Jesus appreciate everything you do for him.  One day, you will also be surprise as many will thank you in Heaven.

We are giving away a free VBS materials (downloadable).  It’s just that the language is still limited to Filipino (tagalog) at the moment.  If any publisher or fund grantee is willing to support, we are willing to collaborate as my original materials is being requested not just in the Philippines but also in other countries as in Hawaii and Zambia.  You can e-mail us at denissalvatierra@yahoo.com for details.

I salute the Sunday School and VBS teachers!

Images are excerpt from Google images.

CHARCOAL vs. LPG

Gas and LPG is a favorite topic many cannot ignore these days.  And it does not happen only among car owners but also inside the household. Of course people love to eat so everyone is affected of the high cost of LPG and the cost we spend every time we cook.  If the world is pointing to alternative fuel for vehicles and machines, a Filipino has turned his vision into reality. The alternative cooking fuel is charcoal.  The man behind is Jerry Yu and the shown photos are his answer to sky rocketing high price of LPG.

light weight innovative Charcoal Oven

light weight innovative Charcoal Stove

Such is quite a sensible solution to spiraling fuel prices as stated in one of Philippine Daily Inquirer’s article.  According to Jerry, they have a showroom located at #59 19th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City Philippines (near Camp Crame).  I first heard of this best alternative in one of the local channel’s Sunday TV program.  Although there are other types as this, I noticed that they are not the usual burners.

As the saying goes, “necessity is the mother of all inventions.”  Jerry is among those who are disgruntled over the high cost of LPG and oil-based fuel.  This pushed Jerry to come up with his inventions of which he developed in years.  In the early 70s, the 16-year old Jerry had decided to help his brother manufacture glazed ceramic and clay products. “It was the in-thing then,” and somehow became his stepping stone.  It did not come easily as it was a product of years of rigid research, observation and years of trial and error until he designed and manufactured what are now his unique patented insulating firebricks. The bricks are absorbent and lightweight, like most insulators, but retain their strength even at high temperatures. The outside wall of a JY cooker remains cool even as a fire rages inside. Unlike his original design (over-engineered and bulky), what he now offer is lightweight and an epitome of fuel-efficiency.  To make it more effective, he then started giving the newly fabricated models to neighborhood carinderia owners. It was his testing ground and feedback is enormously positive till to this day.

Previously, charcoal stove are messy, inconvenient and emits a lot of smoke.  Jerry succeeded in his searched for the right answers and/or solutions. His stove has a tray to efficiently catch ash fall. He showed how his unique bricks don’t accumulate soot. Neither did the outside of the pot get soiled. He also suggested using charcoal bits dipped in denatured alcohol to start a fire and to prevent smoke.