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The Verbum Dei-Tagaytay community visited a home for the abandoned and abused children and youth, the “Bukid Kabataan” at Gen. Trias, Cavite
Below is a little prayer / poem inspired by our experience being with the kids and teens of “Bukid Kabataan”…
We pray for them to be whole again by God’s grace and love and through people who will care and give them love…
Last weekend, we went on a mission trip.
To a place less frequented by people.
What a joy to see happy faces,
genuine smiles, all doubts and fears cast away
because they felt loved and remembered.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could spare some time
to give joy and delight by our mere presence
to those abandoned and mistreated children and teens,
that they may feel the love
they have been deprived of and not shown?
It was a day of prayer, playing and games,
of singing and dancing, listening and learning
about the Word of God and Life, as well.
Some shed tears as they listened to the talk.
Others laughed and shouted as they played games
and joined in the fun and merriment.
Others were simply delighted
upon seeing their beautiful creation
when they decorated and planted their “tree of life!”
They were artistic, creative,
and showed their lively innocence by their creation.
Before we left the place, they sang us a song –
A poem written by one of the young “residents.”
The music touched our hearts, our souls.
It expressed their sentiments,
as they tried to forget what they’ve been through
and thanking everyone who cared for them
and God who gave them another chance
to see life in a different light.
If only… we could go there again…
If only… people would care and visit them there…
If only… we could see the tears behind their smiles and laughter…
If only… we could serve out of sheer love and gratitude to God…
Then, maybe… their world will be a little better;
The abandoned and abused could feel the love
and compassion due to them.
Maybe, just maybe…
With thanks to the WordNews team
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