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Old Books Can Bring New Chances

By on Jun 18, 2009


If you give, you will be blessed. – Joel Osteen

Article written by Alex Blackwell. Connect with me on Facebook.

Part of running a blog means sorting through a lot of emails and other messages. While most are business-related or an encouraging word from a reader or friend, several each day are just plain spam. Other emails can make me stop in my tracks and pay attention to the message. I received one of those kinds of emails today.

Maria Elena Escasiñas, from Cebu City, Philippines, is being called to serve and shared the following with me:

I would like to share a desire and a dream of mine since I was high school and I hope you don’t mind. Hope you can share this is your website if you like. It has been my dream to come up with an orphanage.

But, I know it’s hard to come up with it for it needs a lot of budget. Nevertheless, financial restraints won’t deter me. I believe in God’s time and will, He will provide. As for now, I plan to put up a mini-library in the rented house where I live with my parents.

I often see a lot of kids in my neighborhood, who don’t have the chance to go to school. In that, I feel so sad for them because it seems they have been deprived of a bright future. No education is mainly the reason why crimes are high. Though, as a teacher myself, I don’t want to them to end like that. I believe they still have a chance.

So I’m now knocking on your kind hearts, perhaps you have or you know of someone who has a lot of used children books and old, unwanted stuff toys. Their rubbish might be our treasure for the mini-library. So, please extend the word in your spare time. Thank you so much and hoping this won’t be of a much burden to you.

God bless! To God be the glory!

Maria Elena

Please consider donating the requested items to Maria Elena so she can provide some needed education, and love, to some of our children:

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  • Maria Elena

    Hello Joie

    Thank you for trying to get in-touch with me. Please do add me in facebook as your friend.

    God bless!

    Thank you very much Alex for being the bridgemaker for blessings. Keep on! God bless.

  • Jenny

    Pretty good post. I just came across your blog and wanted to say
    that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case
    I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon!

  • @ Joie: You will need to log in to Facebook and then request Maria as a friend.

    @ All: Thanks for your support!

  • Joie

    I wanted to post her FB link on all this, but her profile displays nothing other than her friends and I see no way to connect. Might ask her about that or clue me in what I am missing – would like to share this story with friends in as concise a means as possible.

    Barring that I will snip and ship the info to a few who might contribute and encourage others. thanks for sharing this opportunity to serve.