Ptr. Francis’s Story: Our Feeding Partner in Tarlac

June 13, 2024 | Written by Rhodora Añonuevo

I am Ptr. Francis De Guzman from Heavenly Treasure Bible Baptist Church in Barangay Parang Concepcion, Tarlac.  By the grace of the Lord, our members and I felt a burden to start ministering to children through feeding programs and sharing the Gospel in 2022. When I teach in prisons, I often wonder why people are only reached by the word of God after they are already imprisoned. What if, while they are still young, they are taught the Word of God, which could be their light and guide away from evil and sin towards eternal life? Since then, our church members and I developed a program, which we proposed to the DepEd division office. We call it the "Feeding My Sheep Program." Since then, we have started a feeding program in five schools.

In our church, I created a group for the feeding ministry. Initially, it was difficult because we didn't have a partner in this work. We could only fund one school (with 650 to 700 students) per month because our church was still young—only 2 years into our mission—and it had not yet been ordained as a church. We were taught to be independent in the works of God. But thanks to prayer, and God's grace, in about six months, I found Kapatid Ministry Inc. on Facebook. We are very grateful for their help, which significantly increased our funds and prayers. Additionally, a Korean missionary provided half of our expenses, enabling us to expand our feeding program from one school to two elementary schools, feeding 600 to 700 students. We also started a ministry in the high school, reaching 150 to 200 students weekly every Monday. Now, we reach 3000 students monthly with the Word of God. The funds from Kapatid Ministry are used for the high school ministry, benefiting 700 to 800 students monthly, sometimes more when they have extra funds from their Birthday Blessing Program. This assistance has been a great blessing, helping us spread God's work across five barangays. We have established Bible study areas, and even PNP personnel have started assisting us, giving us an opportunity to share the Word of God with them, barangay officials, and fraternities like Tau Gamma, Akhro, and Sigma Nu, who sometimes also offer help. Many thanks to our dedicated feeding team members, who, despite having no salary, wake up early to cook and prepare food. It is a joy for them to serve God. This work is crucial because it opens more hearts to receive the gospel. We now have Bible study areas in the five barangays (Parang, Mapalacsiao, Central, Mabilog, and Tinang).

My prayer is that the Word of God continues to spread in our area. I also pray that the Church jeepney service be blessed to pick up the children so they can join us in worship. Currently, some children are unable to join us because they are not picked up, so we visit them and hold Bible studies in their respective places with God's grace and help.

Thank you very much, Kapatid Ministry Inc. It is a great blessing to have you as our financial and prayer partners in growing God's work! To God be the glory!


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