Feast Bay Area Medical Ministry Outreach teams visits Anawim

In the early morning of October 31, 2015, more than 50 servants from The Feast Bay Area medical team were all excited as they travelled to Rodriguez, Rizal to visit the lolas and lolos of Anawim, the home for abandoned elderly founded by Bo Sanchez. It was a weekend adventure for most of us because it was our first time to visit the place. We arrived at 9 a.m. and gathered for an orientation. We were then led to a beautiful chapel where we paused for a while to offer our petitions and prayers of worship and thanksgiving.

Finally face to face with the lolos and lolas, we started with a simple program that we prepared for them — an opening prayer, worship song, followed by a bingo game and a few parlor games. Everyone had smiles and laughter on their faces as special prizes were given to the winners.

But what really brought us joy were the surprise song and dance numbers of the talented lolos and lolas. They were only too willing to perform before us.

We joined them for lunch and ended our visit by singing their favorite song, “Tanging Yaman.” Just before we left, we were all touched when all the lolos and lolas raised their arms and prayed over us.
We also gave our humble donation to Anawim, and in the acknowledgment receipt given to us, there was a quotation that touched me deeply: “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” – John Wooden

The lolos and lolas may never be able to repay us but their special talents during the program, the special prayer before we left, and seeing their joy through their smiles were more than enough to make that Saturday morning extra-special for us.

It was just a three-hour visit but it was a Saturday morning well-spent for all of us. We left the shelter feeling blessed and full of wonderful memories with the lolos and lolas in Anawim.

Since last year, The Feast Bay Area Medical Ministry Outreach Team has been doing monthly visits to conduct medical-dental missions, small-group sharing, celebrate birthdays, and give medicines or donations to the different mercy missions of Light of Jesus Community such as Grace to Be Born, Jeremiah 33 Foundation and Tahanan ng Pagmamahal.