Giving Tuesday 2023!!!

It’s hard to believe that Giving Tuesday is here again!! Many, many thanks to all who have donated to the Poor Household of God in the past as we work to support the mission of the Oikos Sisters in the Philippines!!

You may remember that in 2018 we raised money for Giving Tuesday for a Community Center in Oikos Village where the Oikos Sisters live and work. Because of the pandemic and other more crucial needs, this project was put on hold…until now!!

The foundation of the Community Center and frame are almost completed!! The construction crew is working hard to complete this center in record time!!! Unfortunately because of inflation and changes to the structure of the center, more funds are needed to complete it. This will not only be a gymnasium to gather for large missions and to have a place for the children to play, but it will be the HEART OF THE OIKOS MISSION!!!

The Oikos Community Center will house: *** a Medical Clinic for visiting doctors to care for the poor and the Charity Pharmacy of the Oikos Sisters which provides FREE MEDICATION for the poor!! *** a Dental Clinic for Oikos’ own Sr. Michelle who is a dentist and provides FREE DENTAL CARE for the poor as well as a center for ORAL HYGIENE EDUCATION which is wildly omitted by most dental missions for the poor. *** a Library…the FIRST PUBLIC LIBRARY IN EASTERN SAMAR!!! *** a Music Room and an Art Room to help build up the talents and abilities of the beneficiaries of the Oikos Sisters, giving the poor CONFIDENCE and ENJOYMENT!

Please help us in this great endeavor to complete this project that was started during Giving Tuesday 2018!!! Be assured of the Oikos Sister’s continued prayers for all of you, your families and all of your intentions. THANK YOU for your generosity and care for the poorest of the poor in Eastern Samar, Philippines!!!

A Barrio Visit to Barangay Canyupay

On Saturday, November 4th, the Oikos Mission went up in the mountains of Borongan City to a barrio called Canyupay to give lots of love, joy and much needed relief goods!!

We went to spend the day with the people of Canyupay, a barrio of about 80 households with lots of children!! With action songs, praising God, delicious food to eat (spaghetti and fried chicken), a lesson on proper toothbrushing and fluoride treatments for the children, it was a full day of fun and joy!! Each household recieved 5 kilos of rice and everyone received clothing too!

During our FUNdraiser in last August at St. Daniel the Prophet Parish in Wheaton, IL, hundreds of school supplies were generously given by all the attendees of the fun event. We were so happy that the school supplies arrived in Borongan in time to give many of them out to the students of Canyupay!! How happy the children were to receive crayons, scissors, rulers and paper!! We also gave them some stuffed toys and clothing for the babies.

The children are pictured with Mary Jane Trinkus, director of the Poor Household of God, who was with us along with her husband, Dr. Vic Trinkus. Thank you, Auntie Mary Jane and Uncle Vic!!!

We praise God for His Providential love and care for all His beloved poor people, and for choosing us to be the conduits of that great love!! Thank you to all the benefactors of the Poor Household of God for your generosity, thoughtfulness and love!! It is appreciated more than you will ever know!!

To God be the Glory!!!