Stories of Hope, Unity and Transformation

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2020 in Perspective

2020 in Perspective

“What was Your story this year, Lord?” If there’s one thing I learned from crafting personal stories, it’s that there are so many layers. There’s the layer of story that unfolds before the writer’s eyes; and then the layer we don’t see—the one spun inwardly and...

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A Way to Light (Part 1)

A Way to Light (Part 1)

The Story of Leyl Valdez As told to Grace Roscia Estuesta As I listened to my eldest brother’s tape playing the song “World’s Apart” by Jars of Clay in 1995, the seed of intimacy was planted in my heart. Love notes filled the room, and this paved the way for my...

Hope After the Storm (Part 2)

Hope After the Storm (Part 2)

Help kept coming in from friends and from clients abroad. One Voice Magazine and Help International partnered with us and sent monetary support to continue the outreaches. The third wave of community outreach was the most emotional one. We distributed bags of rice in...

Hope After the Storm (Part 1)

Hope After the Storm (Part 1)

I woke up to the sounds of busy streets and happy noises from children playing. I checked my phone with eyes half-open to see what time it was. It was 2:00 p.m., no wonder I felt hungry. A couple of months had passed since Typhoon Odette “Rai” struck Cebu, but the...

Finding God in the Ruins of a Failed Business

Finding God in the Ruins of a Failed Business

Family Problems Despite a Good Business Our family went to church consistently. We seldom missed a Sunday mass. We often heard the words of God in church, but we didn’t remember what the priest taught. Going to church was merely a routine, an obligation to fulfil. But...

Weird? No, I’m Unique!

Weird? No, I’m Unique!

The Pain of an Artist Despite growing up in a home full of love and acceptance, I was a creative girl who was emotionally unstable. I was filled with insecurity, self-condemnation, and unhealthy perfectionism. I thank God for giving me a creative mind. As an artist, I...

Our Pandemic Dream Wedding

Our Pandemic Dream Wedding

The testimony of John and Debbie Limcangco As told to Nicole Gusto Wedding Dreams Weddings are joyous occasions. For a woman, it is the manifestation of her dreams and fairytale happy endings. Weddings celebrate the promise of love, setting it in a grand display with...

A Psalm in This World’s Pain

A Psalm in This World’s Pain

“Giving birth should be your greatest achievement, not your greatest fear”-- Jane Weideman.  An Anxious Pregnancy How can you set aside fear when you know that you will give birth in the midst of a pandemic—a time when you see death all around, and when cases of...

Biyayang Bitbit

Biyayang Bitbit

PRODIGAL, COME HOME. He is the forgotten face, the man without family, the man behind bars. Whatever he’s done, our Father’s heart longs for him, and so must ours. Family isn’t family unless we make room for the prodigals to come home. The custodial facilities for...

Rising from the Ashes of Rape and Imprisonment (Part 2)

Rising from the Ashes of Rape and Imprisonment (Part 2)

The Story of Krizzia Kate Yuzon Picking up the Broken Pieces After my deportation, I finally had the chance to tell the whole story to my parents. They were devastated, broken, and speechless when they heard what had happened to me. Until now, I can still vividly...

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Visiting the Poquiz Aeta Tribe (outreach ocular)

OV at Singapore