I pray all of you are doing well during this extended pandemic time. Although many states have decided to resume normal activities, some states are still going through partial lockdowns. If we take our eyes off domestic affairs, we can see the world is not in a recovery stage yet. Many of our mission fields are still in strict lockdowns, and our missionaries are still struggling to find much-needed support and supplies to help the people who are extremely vulnerable to the virus.
Preparing Food to be Distributed Throughout the Community
During this downtime, the CRAM team is still working hard to strategize for the future. Here are some of the projects we are working on currently or planning to launch in the near future:
1. Sending Missionaries: Haneol (David) Kim, a South Korean citizen, 33 years old, grandson of CY Kim, and his parents, Sang Ho and Lisa Kim are serving as Missionaries in the Bacoor City of the Philippines since 2014. Haneol has joined Christ Reaching Asia Mission Worldwide, Inc. and is presently under training to go to Hanoi, Vietnam as a missionary when COVID-19 has subsided and travel restrictions are lifted. HanEol Kim has completed his Máster of Divinity Degree, from Lincoln University, in Lincoln, IL. He is waiting in South Korea to return to the United States for his graduation in August, 2020. Haneol (David) Kim speaks Korean (his native language), Chinese, and English.
HanEol in the Philippines
2. Church Planting: We are very happy to announce since the beginning of our ministry in the Philippines, by the leadership of Pastor Sang Ho and Lisa Kim, there have been 7 churches started. Our desire was to start a new church each year. Since the beginning of the CRAM Worldwide/Philippines ministry in 2014. We have been able to accomplish this goal by the capable hands and prayers of our missionary couple and filipino Seminary Students.
Social Distancing at Church Before More Strict Stay-at-Home Orders
3. COVID-19 relief project: So far, we were able to provide over 100,000 pieces of personal protective equipment to hospitals, first responders, and nursing homes in over 3 countries, the U.S., China, and the Philippines.
Mask Donations in the Philippines
4. Fire relief project: in the Philippines, an unexpected fire burned down over 300 houses in April during the pandemic, CRAM was able to provide relief for the fire victims.
Relief Aid in the Area Affected by Fire Barangay, Philippines
5. Teenage Girl Crisis Center: human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the Philippines is going rampant; CRAM works in the slum that has over 300,000 population. Young girls are facing a daily threat of being forced into prostitution to generate income for the family.
6. Sports ministry: in the Philippines, many of the children have dropped out of school and are doing things for their lives. CRAM is planning on organizing sports events and provide coaching for these children, particularly boys. So, they can learn about striving for being better, achieving victories through training, hard work, and teamwork. Spiritual coaching will go along with sports training.
Distributing Food Through Flood Water in the Community
We deeply appreciate all of our supporters who faithfully sustain our work to stay on course during this turbulent time. Our mission is clear and our team is excited to start work in full throttle again as soon as this pandemic is over.
Please continue your prayers and support as God is opening the doors for us again.
Jacob Park – Chief Operating Officer