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July 12, 2007




How sad and no doubt we are all guilty of this. How many times do we pass dying souls on our own streets or let abuse go unnoticed because it is uncomfortable for us to deal with at any time. Our souls are petrifying more and more on a daily basis. I think sharing stories like this, as painful as they are, provides attention to the decay and reminds us that the only way to heal ourselves is to help heal those around us.

John Atkinson

I spent ten days in Batangas about ten years ago and was struck by the poverty. We see poverty in this country, and we certainly have some, but being in the Phillipines made me understand what it means to have nothing. At the Enron Camp we stayed at one of the workers litterally had to eat the family dog a few months before because they had no food. Something unheard of here. People washed in filthy creeks because they had no water or electricity, families of ten and twenty lived in one room homes, and public restrooms were holes in the ground with buckets of water next to them. I know when I came back I had a new appreciation for our country. I wish my sons could have been there with me like your son is. It sure would give them a new pespective on how blessed their lives are. Keep up the good work over there and thanks for letting us share the journey.

Kristine D. Knight-Holzwarth

Keep posting, you are really doing a great job!!! By the way, nice to know that your luggage arrived with you this time. Looks like you will not be needing my help!!

Sorry I just could not resist. Be safe, be healthy, be happy.


What a sobering story. Just being there is a start.


It's kind of hard to explain, but my trip to the Philippines changed how I thought about 'ministy work'. The way the Filipinos live out their love for Christ and for the people around them was something I didn't want to leave behind.

It is 'easy' to identify needs in a poor country...and heart-breaking. FL's mission to rescue children from the streets and right that huge social injustice - through relationship with Christ -as well as practical help,is so inpiring.

And even though people in my neighborhood don't have the urgent need for food, or rescuing. They do have an urgent need for Christ. So many are spiritually devastated, starved for community and isolated. I am so grateful to Jeff and his team (not to mention many of the leaders in surrounding churches there) for encouraging me, showing me again how to 'work while it is day.' How to not be afraid of rejection, ridicule, road blocks, etc.... But to keep asking, approaching and preparing for the inevitable party that happens when someone finds Christ!

Thanks for this post, Dave. I will be praying for Angie, her new friends and the people who are so committed to helping children not just be children, but children of God.

Jeff pessina

Thanks for the compliments Beth. Those of us at the Frontline don't always "get it" when it comes to what people see in us, or our work. We're just trying to do what we think, as Christ followers, we should do... take Christ to as many people as possible, in as many ways as possible while we have opportunity. Our "window of opportunity" is our lifetime... so while we live we give it all we got. Right? Thanks Beth! We love you and look forward to your return here. In the meantime stay on frontlines there!

Mark Kaiser

It's sad when you think of how many people are living in poverty that is bad enough to have your own child out on the streets. I hope that Angie is doing well now.

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