It was a perfect day to celebrate!
3 pm, 11 November 2017
@ Auburn Picnic Garden.
As customary, the car raffle draw was held to top off Couples for Christ Global Mission’s (CFC) Family Day.
Kids wrestled their energies in the jumping castle while parents were decorating the pavilion with buntings and photo booth corners. The ‘Kuyas’ and ‘Ates’ (older male and female siblings) were organising games, women were busy setting up the food while a couple of men were tirelessly chopping lechon (roast pig). There were presentations for cheers and chant and dances and of course community prayer and worship.
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It was a day of gathering the family and being with other families. But, miles and miles beyond, we were celebrating together with hundreds of endangered families in the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands who are beneficiaries or past beneficiaries of CFC-ANCOP’s mission with the poor. After all, when we send a poor child to school, we help ease the burden that financial strain often brings to couples who are the pillars of the family. When we provide employment-generating skills to fathers and mothers, it is a hope that sparks joy and peace of mind in the home. When we provide housing for victims of calamities, it is an encouragement for the family to come together and gather strength despite the challenges amidst them. At the heart of CFC-ANCOP’s mission with the poor is strengthening families which is at the core of every properly functioning society. Beyond, calling it a donation, every giving to CFC-ANCOP is actually one’s participation in this partnership with every family in this network, both givers and receivers.
Let us then take this opportunity to thank all of you who took time to get to know, supported and promoted ANCOP’s work through this car raffle (and other events we had this year). Thank you for our corporate partners past and present.
Through your generosity and tireless efforts and prayers from the entire CFC-ANCOP team, the car raffle allowed us to generate over $80,000. This means, ANCOP can sustain the cost of education and livelihood training of over 600 students-beneficiaries for next year. This is a miracle considering 3 weeks before the draw, the amount of tickets sold was only a slim margin above $8000! Mores so, at the planning stage, we targeted gross ticket sales at $90,000 albeit knowing this was a really big and hard target to achieve. It was announced during the draw that we were shy from the target but a huge achievement nevertheless. But, God is a God of surprises. The winner of the car told us that they actually wanted and even prayed that if they win, they will donate the car back to ANCOP. Our joy overflows in behalf of all the children and families who will benefit from this event. God really answers the cry of the poor!
by C. Argana
Ken comes from a family of 6; he is the second eldest out of 4 children. His father, the sole earner, drives a taxi for a living.
Being poor with minimal opportunities and livelihood resources, the Agustin Family could barely send one child to school. When Ken’s academic record showed promise, it was decided that his siblings should give way – making Ken the embodiment of his family's hope for a better life.
Ken’s parents staked whatever meagre resources they had on him. They were not disappointed; he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in 2012.
Ken Mark Agustin sends his deepest gratitude to all his benefactors for sending him to college and as an added bonus, shouldered his fees for the review classes.
by R. Molina