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The Philippines: Champorado

Children in the Philippines eat champorado for breakfast, snacks, or dessert.

2 cups of freshly cooked rice
½ cup of chocolate chips or a chocolate bar cut in pieces
1 to 2 tablespoon of sugar (optional)
Yogurt, milk, cream, whipped cream, or coconut milk

1. Add chocolate to hot, freshly cooked rice, and stir until the chocolate is melted. Add sugar if desired.
2. Scoop ½ cup of the mixture into a bowl. Top with yogurt, milk, cream, whipped cream, or coconut milk.

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Esther Update


A previous post told about Esther, a girl who was injured when her bus was bombed by radical Muslims.

Today, more than 15 years after her bus was bombed, Esther is a teacher at a nursing college and a youth leader at her church. Radical Muslims still blow up buses in the Philippines. Esther remembers the bombing any time she travels on a bus. She is startled when she hears noises, like the sound of a mango falling on a roof. When she smells smoke, it reminds her of the bus exploding.

Recently Esther’s parents were traveling in their vehicle through a town in Mindanao when they heard a loud noise. A bomb had exploded, and it killed a person on a motorcycle in front of them, and another motorcyclist behind them. Many others were injured, but by God’s grace, Esther’s parents were spared.

It’s not easy living in a place where bombs can explode at any time. Esther trusts God and remembers His mercy toward her. She believes that the Lord will help her find peace.

(Source: VOM Australia)

Esther tells her story in the video clip below.

Interview: Gracia Burnham

The Philippines

Gracia and Martin Burnham were missionaries in the Philippines. They were kidnapped by a gang of radical Muslims who took them into the jungle. The Burnhams lived with the kidnappers in harsh conditions for about a year.

Read a story about their ordeal here.

Listen to VOM volunteer reporter Wesley P. interview Gracia.



The following report comes from two VOM workers who recently visited and encouraged pastors in Mindanao, an island in the Philippines that is not always safe for Christians.

The Workers’ Report
A few weeks ago, we taught at two pastors’ conferences in Mindanao. After one of the meetings, a pastor asked if he could have a copy of our teaching notes.

“Yes,” we said. “We will email you a copy.” The pastor had no idea what we were talking about.

“We can send you these notes on a computer. How many pastors do you think have the Internet and a computer?” we asked.

“I think not that many,” he said. He took out his simple cell phone; not a smartphone. “This is my only gadget!” the pastor said. “Do you want to know how I got it? My sister owns a gas station. One day she had a customer who didn’t have the money to pay for his gas, so he offered his cell phone as payment. My sister gave it to me!”

The pastor was excited about his phone; it helped him in his ministry. “I can call other pastor with it, and they can call me,” he said. And I can call my church when I’m away from them.”

The pastor was happy because he had one gadget that he could use to help him in his service to God. We realized that sometimes we use our many gadgets in ways that distract us from our work for the Lord.

Our faith can be attacked by persecution or by distraction.

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Justin the Chicken Farmer, Part 2

Hen and Chick

Read the previous post about Justin, a teenager from Mindanao, an island in the Philippines. His father died in an attack by radical Muslims. His story continues below.

Living on the Chicken Farm
Two years later, someone came and saw our difficult situation. He told us there was a pastor somewhere who cared for children who could no longer live at home. He said I could live there, too.

At first I didn’t want to go. I thought I needed to find work to take care of my mom and my little sister, Genevieve. But later I changed my mind. I decided going to school was more important, so I went with him. I was 10 years old.

I lived in the house of the pastor’s daughter and son-in-law. They had a chicken farm. They take good care of me and are raising me. So I take care of the chickens.

Since I left, I’ve only seen my mom and sister once in six years. They live in a difficult area, and it is hard for me to go there. I can’t call them; they don’t have a phone. I miss them very much.

Thankfully their pastor visits the chicken farm every once in a while, and I get to hear how they’re doing. Sometimes I get letters from them.

Nice Memories
I still think a lot about my dad and sometimes I get sad. But sometimes I get happy because I have nice memories of him.

When I’m struggling, I ask God for help. I like to read the Bible, too. The best part of the Bible for me is Psalm 23. You most likely know it — “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Then I know that God takes care of me even better than I take care of the chickens.

To Think About
What did Justin have to leave behind to move to a safer place where he could go to school? What does Justin do when he is sad about his situation? What do you do when you are sad or scared?