A look back at 2017 – 2018

The new school year has begun and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been part of our mission and for bringing God’s love to “the ends of the earth”.

For some years, we had been serving the community out a very small lot so that our scholars in Payatas could gather. Today we are able to operate out of a much larger space. In fact, we can now accommodate more kids as the school year begins this week.

art room

This is the inner room that is the art room and prayer space for the kids.

Art

An older scholar has painted her self-portrait while the younger scholars interpret what the portrait tells of the artist

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In this outer room, our kids mainly gather for Guided Learning, library time and meals

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full house during lunch

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drawing what they see. Through our formation, kids develop the life skills to see, listen and think.

Mass

Our 1st Mass in the centre on Community Day with scholars and families from Payatas and Erap

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Our older high school scholars (from Erap) facilitating a workshop on identifying and managing stress (for the Payatas elementary scholars).

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A time for sharing and checking in. Part of our formation is teaching our scholars to reflect.

While the past year has not been without its challenges, the blessings have outweighed all the obstacles we have faced. Seeing the kids bloom and develop into leaders as they help the younger ones and the new ones have been the most rewarding.

acts29 continues to remain committed to the education and formation of children and youths in impoverished communities and we strive to create safe spaces where children are free to discover their giftedness.

December Mission Trip 2018

Theme: Living in Simplicity

We Invite YOU to come experience our community mission

What is community mission?

This is a program that runs from 9 – 16 December

Where will we live?

Missioners will live with the community in the Volunteer House and in the homes of our community members to experience their way of life.

What will we do?
Missioners will join the work of the acts29 community
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What else will we do?
—       Morning and evening prayers with the community
—       Recollection with the community
Meals are provided

Cost of food and lodging: $30 per day

To register email: Name (as in passport) & date of birth to enquiry@acts29mission.com

Missioners are welcomed throughout the year, do drop us an email.

manila hills with scholars

A Poem by Wilfred Arlan Peterson
Slow me down, Lord.
Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of my mind.
Steady my hurried pace.
Give me, amidst the day’s confusion

the calmness of the everlasting hills.

Break the tension of my nerves and muscles
with the soothing music of singing streams

that live in my memory.

Help me to know the magical, restoring power of sleep.
Teach me the art
of taking minute vacations….
slowing down to look at a flower,
to chat with a friend,

to read a few lines from a good book.

Remind me
of the fable of the hare and the tortoise;
that the race is not always to the swift;

that there is more to life than measuring its speed.

Let me look up at the branches of the towering oak
and know that … it grew slowly … and well.
Inspire me
to send my own roots down deep…

into the soil of life’s endearing values…

That I may grow toward the stars of my greater destiny.

Slow me down, Lord.

SIGN UP for 40 acts

We invite you to make 40

acts of selfless simple giving and bring Jesus to others.

Register by emailing us – 40acts29@ gmail.com

acts29 is a call to serve and 29 is our response to continue on the acts of the apostles.

When you register, you will be part of an online community receiving daily reflections, sharings for the 40 day journey through Lent.

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