Friday, March 23, 2012

Fresh Hope for Families-Philippines Has New Building

Ribbon cutting ceremony: Angeles City Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting (in red blouse);
and (left to right) Bro. Leon Chang, FHFP chairman; Pastor Jesus Macaraeg, IAM senior pastor;
Ruth Callanta, president of FHFP and CCT; Sis. Carmen Nunn, FHFP board director,
and Sis. Jane Tan, FHFP co-founder. 
The new four-story building of Fresh Hope for Families-Philippines at 2192 New York St.,
Villasol Subdivision, Anunas, Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines.  
Fresh Hope for Families-Philippines, a ministry organization based in Angeles City, Pampanga dedicated their new building to the Lord on March 17, 2012.  The event was attended by leaders and staff of both CCT and FHFP, some Angeles government officials, leaders and members of the International Agape Ministries, and guests from Australia and Papua New Guinea. 

 Fresh Hope   provides relief and prevention programs for young girls and their families. In its relief program, Fresh Hope ministers to young girls who are neglected, abandoned, abused, or sexually exploited. It employs house parents and social workers who attend to the girls’ physical and emotional needs, and provide them with counseling, Christian teaching and nurturing, and literacy and social skills training. 

CCT works  with Fresh Hope in its prevention program where it assists ‘at risk’ families—very poor families probably in debt and who are likely to offer their daughters to the entertainment industry for survival and debt repayment. The goal is to help the families overcome poverty and eliminate the need for their daughters to go into prostitution. CCT  offers these familes services such as microfinance, a pre-school, a generics pharmacy, and free medical check-ups.   

The following are highlights of the dedication program: 

The CCT Magdalena drum and lyre corps(above) lead FHFP and CCT leaders, staff, and guests (below)
 in a parade down New York St.  

Pastor Jesus Macaraeg says the opening prayer. 

Sis. Grace Macaraeg leads praise and worship singing.  

FHFP girls do a dance interpretation.

Angeles Vice Mayor Cabigting relates several instances in her life
where she, "Received fresh hope from God." 

Sonia Cueta speaks of God's work in her life.

Margaret Balsom, a friend of the founders of FHFP, sings Andre Crouch's
My Tribute:
"How can I say thanks for the things
You have done for me? 
Things so undeserved yet you gave
To prove your love for me
The voices of a million angels
Could not express my gratitude
All that I am, and ever hope to be
I owe it all to thee." 

Bro. Leon Chang, FHFP chairman, shares a message from God's Word.

Ruth Callanta reflects, "Why would these people from other countries come to bless the children of Angeles?
It is because they were compelled by the love of the Lord."

Sis. Carmen Nunn thanks God for the new building and for those
who made its completion possible.

Eve,  Eunice, and Esabel, daughters of Pastor Kane Tan, sing,
 "Every time I close my eyes,
Im filled with awe at all you've done
Every time I think on You,
I'm grateful for Your love."

Sis. Dina Toquero, HFHP director and Bro. Leon Chang unveil the House of Fresh Hope plaque. 

Plaque here is in honor of Pastor Kane Tan, co-founder of FHFP, who passed away in May 2011.
 Here, one of his daughters shares memories of him.  

Eight  ladies  from Australia and one from Papua New Guinea  traveled to the Philippines
to attend the dedication ceremony. 

Froi Parado, CCT corporate secretary,  master of ceremonies. 
Photos by Ciara Tan and Elmer Valencia 

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