Personal and Ministry Background:
Willy is responsible for the following:
- Developing Small Biblical Communities among depressed barangays at Masinag, Antipolo
- Discipling Navigator alumni
Munting Paaralan sa Ilang-Ilang*
(Where Lessons on the Three Rs: Reading, ‘Riting and ‘Rithmetic Help
Make God’s Love Tangible to Out-of-School Youngsters
in Masinag, Rizal)
“Most Filipino youth don’t have access to education. Only 3 out of 10 completed elementary, only 1 out of 4 finished high school, and only 1 out of 100 graduated in college.” reports Malaya newspaper in its February 14, 2006 edition.
As a personal initiative to help address the dismal reality, Munting Paaralan sa Ilang-Ilang was thought of. It is a weekend tutorial sessions among out-of-school youth in Masinag, Rizal. Undaunted by the challenge presented by the statistics we deem it is best to light one little candle than to curse the darkness. The previous statement maybe cliche but it sure was what spurred us in the first place to gather the “bote at dyaryo” kids and teenagers in the neighborhood for lessons in Values and the three R’s: Reading, ‘Riting and ‘Rithmetic.
To teach the kids so that they would learn is not the sole end of the Munting Paaralan sa Ilang-Ilang. The school is also an attempt to express the love of God in ways that are tangible and relevant to existing felt needs of the out-of school youth and their families in Masinag. As we teach we pray that proclamation of the gospel will find fertile grounds in the children and their parents’ hearts that are blessed by the love of God.
The Munting Paaralan sa Ilang-Ilang is by no means a substitute for a formal kindergarten or elementary schooling for the recipients. It only serves as a temporary solution until the children are finally absorbed into the mainstream schools pending upon sourcing of scholarships and the children’s coming to be academically qualified for the targeted grade level upon passing the accreditation exams of the Department of Education.
Nav Field Staff Willy Manubay, Elvi Pajaro, and Zeny Villena team up with others to bring lessons on the Three R’s and Values to about 25 to 40 active kids and teenagers every weekend. One of the Manubays’ neighbors brings baked goodies every Saturday as snacks for the kids. Another lady helps teachers with their transport expenses. An education major and Nav contact from PUP co-teaches too. A group of Christians sees to availability of the needed school supplies for the kids. And the local parish priest himself has given his blessings on the use of the church prayer meeting hall as classroom for weekend tutorial sessions.
*Report filed by Zeny O. Villena
On Building Loving Communities
New Year greetings from our family communities in Antipolo!
Our family celebrated Christmas and New Year with a new hope.
Kay, our daughter, and Bhernon, our son in law, came home from Hongkong where they are based and surprised us with a good news that she is three months pregnant after almost three years of marriage.
Jan, our second son is doing well as a nurse in London and we missed him last holiday season. He is getting good reviews from patients and colleagues for his dedication to his job. “When you see your dad and mom, tell them for me that they were able to raise up a good son.”, said one of his elderly patients.
Our son David after working in a construction firm as a civil engineer for a year, resigned and is finding his way up to the business world by God’s grace. Together with his three friends in college, they formed a small sub-constructing company. Being new to this field, he is learning much on character, skills, inter-personal relationship with people and trust in God.
Nathan is now four years old, very active and is in a nursery school. He loves outdoor activities, likes biking and playing outside with his neighbor friends.
Diane and I, on the other hand, are doing well except for some maintenance pills on high blood pressure. We like to continue eating healthy, exercise, and shed off some more pounds.
We welcome the new year as a family with a short meditation on Numbers 6:24-26, “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace”. After giving our blessings to one another, we entrusted ourselves to the Lord in prayer.
The year 2015 was very encouraging in establishing and equipping leaders. Aiming to bring whole life discipleship in their own context, we gathered thirty four leaders in a planning retreat last November 29-30. We challenged each one to have complete ownership of their respective ministry by the help of God.
We want to see leaders transformed and empowered by the Holy Spirit. They were enthusiastic enough to the challenge and excited to partners with us in doing ministry.
Diane and I, on the other hand, will focus more on giving these leaders an in-depth study of the Bible. Our desire is for them to have a better grasp, understanding and application of the Word to their lives.
We are praying that this spiritual disciplines will usher them into a new heights of delighting in God thus equipping them for life and ministry. Together with some of them, Diane and I would visit more homes and families this year to develop friendships and relationships for the Gospel.
The Lord is indeed so good in reaching out for more than three hundred people last Christmas. The Lord gave three of our leaders opportunities to speak the message of Christmas Story in three parts from Luke 2:1-21.
Intercepted in between the messages were appropriate Christmas songs, testimonies and prayers. The night was highlighted by a candle ceremony in the music of “Silent Night and “O Holy Night”. The lighter side of the program were games and community presentations like songs and dances.
The Lord lavished on us quality and sufficient food for everybody as well as prizes for the games and presentations. In the spirit of giving, gift distributions happened the next day to those people who are faithfully attending and partnering with us to the gospel- a reward of their growing desire to know the Lord personally in their lives.
INSTANT READERS PROGRAM
Munting Paaralan launched “Instant Readers Program” the last quarter of 2015 and will continue to run until March of this year.
We found out that many children in poor communities are still non-readers or poor readers. Our volunteer teachers received an intensive training from qualified teachers from Los Banos.
This twenty module program will aim to bring and facilitate effective reading and comprehensions with the help of reading tools.
We believe that as children learn to read effectively, this will empower them and further their God–given talents and skills.
At present, we have ten children ages six to twelve receiving a personalized approach to reading. At the end of the program, we want to see them confidently reading and sharing knowledge to other children.
These are all for now. Thank you for your partnership with us until now. You are such blessings to our family and our ministry among the less privileged ones. May God’s blessings be upon us all.
In Partnership with you,
Willy and Diane