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Passport to the Philippines

Hello, boys and girls! I’m about to launch off to the Philippines and visit the many Assemblies of God missionaries there. Wanna go along? Please be my copilot. The map to the Philippines is below. Plus I’ve provided lots of cool downloads you’ll enjoy reading (or having your parent read to you) and adding to your BGMC Passport Binder.

Are you ready to travel? 1-2-3 … away we go!

CLICK HERE to download your BGMC Passport to the Philippines!

Jun

Jun hears the distant rumble of trucks, and his eyes snap open. He jumps up off his sleeping mat and jumps into his clothes, still dirty from yesterday’s work. He grabs a piece of stale bread, drinks some water from a tin cup, and runs to join a group of boys hurrying toward a huge dump truck.

“Jumpers”…

Eight-year-old Jun and his friends do a lot of jumping. These young boys are called “jumpers” because every day they jump onto the trucks that bring garbage to Payata, the huge dump where about 200,000 people live. The boys sift through the trash—looking for metal, plastics, paper, and glass—to sell to recyclers for a few pesos. Jun finds an old pair of jeans that a rich kid in Manila must have thrown out. He finds some half-eaten pineapple—a real treat for breakfast!

…and “Scavengers”

Jun’s older brother Jacko is now 14 and is old enough to work as a “scavenger.” Scavengers are allowed to work in the dump itself to find things to sell or use. Jacko is more like a father to Jun and his sister Charito, since their dad died of pneumonia four years ago.

More than 1 million children in the Philippines have no home and live on the streets, begging and stealing. Working in the dump is dangerous. Some get sick from the waste products. In some places the garbage is piled as high as a 7-story building, and people have been buried when it shifts. The scavengers have to work fast before bulldozers come through and flatten the piles before the next load is dumped.

Mealtimes

Nearly every day, Jun’s sister Charito prepares lugaw, a thick rice porridge. Sometimes, when they find some bits of meat or buy a chicken, they add it to the porridge. Yams and salt are also a filling meal. Fruits and vegetables are too expensive, but the boys bring home (or eat) whatever scraps they can find. From time to time Jun has gotten a meal from one of the feeding programs led by missionaries. It feels so good to have a full belly!

[CLICK HERE to read the entire Winnie's Newsletter.]


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