Mama--probably the most used word in a little child’s vocabulary, but for some children, it is a totally strange word. Many of you may not be able to understand what it means to not know the word, but for unfortunate little ones, they don’t know that it means an arm to hug, a hand to care, lips to comfort, and a heart to love throughout a lifetime.
It is to fill this special need of love that the couple, Daryl and Sarah Famisaran, welcomes into their home orphaned children. They don’t have a child of their own but they have six children under their care. Their 5 boys are already grown ups and their sixth, a sweet little girl named Vem, is on its first year. Under the culture of their tribe, Vem, an unwanted baby, was supposed to be buried by her parents right after birth, but after a lot of persuasion, she was given to the care of the SULADS group in Mindoro headed by Sir Daryl.
SULADS Mindoro is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to ministering to the Mangyan tribe of Mindoro. They endeavor to share Jesus to these people by showing them disinterested love and kindness, educating them, helping them, and being one of them.
It takes a lot of devotion to be a SULADS missionary. They have to walk for hours or days and cross dangerous lands and waters to get to the villages. They have to leave all comforts and live and identify with the villagers. They are subject to the chanceful culture and unfriendly sorroundings. But all of these they accepted and presented in faith to the heavenly Father when they affixed their thumb-marks with their own blood (by a prick on the thumb) and pledged themselves to this missionary work.
Currently, they are putting up an orphanage to save more unwanted babies but they are in need of a bigger place to accomodate the growing family. They were able to find a good land (9 hectares) in an ideal location for a low asking price, but they need our help to raise more fund.
They are running a bakery to support their ministry, but unfortunately, an accident happened couple of weeks ago and Sir Daryl got a second degree burn. He is still recovering but is doing well already. Praise God for sparing his life.
We put up this fundraising campaign to help them raise funds to be able to secure the land that will be used not only for the orphanage but also for a training school for future missionaries.
We may not be able to give our time, talent, and strength to minister to the Mangyans first hand, but we can help these devoted SULADS missionaries to reach the villagers with our freewill offerings.
If your heart is stirred, please do not hesitate to send your help. Remember that God does “not measure the value of the offering by its amount, but by the motive, the cheerfulness and purity of the action” (RH Jan 4, 1881).
You may not be the arms that will hug the little ones that will be under their care, but you can be the thought that will touch their lives.
We may not be able to help much alone, but together, we can make a mark by doing our part.
May God bless your hearts.
**For more information about their ministry, and if you wish to directly give your donation to them, please contact Daryl Famisaran in Facebook.