Five years ago, Jeremiah 33:7 Foundation Inc. was just a dream of Rey Ortega. The foundation was built to support abused young girls. The foundation aims not to only give what they need daily but to also help them heal through spiritual programs.
Rey’s dream came true when with the support of Bo Sanchez and the Kerygma Family, a shelter for abused girls was established in Pasig City—fulfilling for the girls the promise in Jeremiah 33:7, “I will restore their fortunes and rebuild them as they were at first.”
On December 7, 2017, the ten young girls at the Jeremiah home, the board of trustees, and staff celebrated their 5th year anniversary, with the theme, “Alive at FIVE… In God’s LOVE, we THRIVE.”
The celebration started with a Holy Mass presided by Fr. Emmanuel C. Hipolito, who also gave the sacrament of baptism and confirmation to two Jeremiah girls.
After the Mass, everyone gathered for a delicious meal before heading to the second part of the program.
The Jeremiah girls started the program with a doxology, followed by an opening message by Executive Director Glo Viola. In her speech, she remembered Rey Ortega and asked everyone to offer one minute of silence to pray for him.
Rissa Singson-Kawpeng, editor-inchief of Shepherd’s Voice Publications and Board of Trustees member of Jeremiah also shared a message. “In five years with trials and challenges of Jeremiah, God takes care of the foundation. And God is able to provide for girls and the foundation itself,” she said.
Delfin Viola, husband to Glo and also a Board of Trustees member shared that Jeremiah is one of their blessings and they consider the foundation as their mission to serve God.
Another Board of Trustees member, Liza Caleda, shared to the girls that there is always hope and reason to be happy. She reminded the girls that God is always with them, and as their spiritual mother, she is always there to pray for them.
Obet Cabrillas, builder of The Feast Valle Verde, graced the event with his powerful message to the girls. Daddy O, as he is fondly called, shared how precious the Jeremiah girls are to God’s eyes and to all of them.
For the final message, Jenny Gindap thanked the foundation for giving her the opportunity to serve and be a mother to the Jeremiah girls.
After the talks, the guests and Jeremiah girls engaged in some fun games.
The laughters of our girls in Jeremiah is one of the evidences that God is really working. Not only for the foundation’s financial needs but for the restoration of these beautiful girls.
Source: Kerigma Magazine March 2018
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