Sunday, December 27, 2009

As promised: Eat-All-You-Can Ice Cream Party!

Eat-All-You-Can Ice Cream Party

Children loved ice cream! 

Fathers, too, enjoyed eating ice cream while somebody took picture of them on cam!

 Shhh... he was praying.

...and they played.

They listened to God's word, too!

Maria Elena Escasiñas said on Facebook: 

"♥Thank you for people who have decided to go out their ways in helping us not only in prayers, but also in sharing of their resources and of giving us financial assistance. I'm blessed to have friends and family members, who volunteered to helped out on last Saturday's event. Honestly, it's really humbling. God is so good and ever merciful. Only one life so soon it will pass, only what's done for Christ will last.♥" 

This is after the party she gave to the children last December 26, 2009.

"Serving Others" mean doing something good for people without expecting anything. God sees and He knows how to repay.

Mike and I always pray be have done something to our brethren no matter how small. We pray this post would have spoken what they deserve. Thank you very much. God bless us all!

Stay Blessed...

Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 1 Timothy 4:15

This is an e-mail I wrote my uncle and aunt just a few days ago.  I am sharing it with you all with a hope that you, too, will be blessed. 

"Blessings to you all from the Most High God who personally gives us everything we need according to His will for us.

Happy thanksgiving everyday to Jesus Christ who gave His life to save us from sins, and if each one of us would truly accept Him personally and heart-fully as our personal Savior and Lord, we would have the assurance of everlasting life with Him in heaven.

With the Holy Spirit who gives us daily guidance to do right from wrong, let us truly listen to Him always.

In everything we give our thanks, in Jesus' Mighty Name. Amen."

Friends, stay blessed...  

(c) December 2009, Luisa Mercado

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Biblical Truth Or One's "Biblical" Opinion?

31...If ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed;  
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John :31, 32

I had written this question in the BlogFrog  and Christian Twitter Forums hoping and praying people would really care to answer honestly.  Thanks that Mike and I always have the same answers regarding this.  What is in the Authorized Bible is the truth.  We cannot change it regardless of our own needs, wants, desires, fears of others' opinions toward us, even our own "would-have-been" opinions, etcetera.  We cannot change the Bible to fit in to our own opinions otherwise, it is not dependable at all. It's is God's word and He does not lie. 

This was the discussion I wrote at BlogFrog (Christian Twitter write-up had a slightly different tenor): "This is something we want to discuss because many adhere to seemingly true "biblical" opinions but which are halfway truth when we really read the Bible.  Are your biblical beliefs really based on real bible truth or on what your personal opinion about certain doctrinal truth?  We really want your honest opinion."

Perhaps you will notice our blog has no Christmas greetings.  This is one of the real Biblical truths. You can even read any encyclopedia on the history of Christmas. I wonder why great men of God after Jesus were not able to find His real birthday, if Christmas is really to be celebrated?  I truly appreciate the pastor who spoke bravely in the Christian Twitter Forum  against this.  He knows because he believes what he reads in the Bible. 

What about you, friend?  What can you say about this? 

(c) December 2009, Luisa Mercado

Friday, December 18, 2009

Our Prayer Requests...

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. Psalm 95:6

Dear friends,

Good day to you all.

I was a teacher before I had stroke so that education is very important to me. I am also a Christian who believes God can use me even with physical disability. 

Love in Action Christian Outreach is not the ministry God has given me. Neither it is established in the church where I am affiliated with. It is the pure desire of this true Christian young lady, Miss Maria Elena Escasiñas, who is used by God to lead this children ministry that prompted Mike and I to help even in prayers. She and very few volunteer mentors teach street children in her neighborhood basic literacy while God save their souls through them. Below are our (Mike and I) prayer requests for Love In Action Christian Outreach.

Prayer requests: 

1) Learning books (new or used), audio-visual learning gadgets and materials (new or second hand), school supplies, classroom furniture and fixtures, etc. for classroom use of street children. (The ministry volunteer-teachers are still conducting mobile classes on streets.) 

2) Plan to conduct a small party on December 26 for street children and very poor neighbors:
a. Place to conduct the party as the recently-rented classroom is not available yet (no signal from landlord to use the room yet).
b. Giving “Bundles of Joy” to families - one (1) sack rice (1 kilo per family), noodles and canned sardines.
c. Eat-All-You-Can Ice cream at 1,000 to 1,500 Philippine pesos per ice-cream drum/container or more/less US$ 34 at P 45/US$.

3) Continued financial support for the room rental until the school will be able to support itself.

4) Sponsorship for a street child’s schooling at US$ 20 or US$ 200 for 10 children for the whole program coverage [once the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) will be established and teachers trained. Kindly visit this website and be encouraged:]

5) Training of teacher-volunteers in ACE curriculum as this is not the same with the basic literacy curriculum in the Philippines. 

Please pray with us and help when you can.

Thank you very much. 

Sincerely in Christ,
Luisa (with Mike) 

Contact Information of Love In Action Christian Outreach:


Country: Philippines  

Location: Cebu City, Philippines 

Click here to go to website:  

This is Miss Maria Elena Escasinas with the kids.

(c) December 2009, Luisa Mercado with Mike Carey

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

We Are Back!!!

To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:  Ecclesiastes 3:1

Had major repairs on pc... We are back now after three weeks of long-waiting.  We do miss this blog very much.

Thanks to those who have visited us even when we were not able to make it.  Those who had truly involved themselves and were counted, not just as visitors, but as friends who had left their names and photos with us, our sincerest gratitude.  You truly make our day very much. 

We have truly dedicated this work to God that is why we pour out ourselves to this blog as a tribute to Him.  Your response to our invitations have encouraged us to continue for as long as He will allow it.  We pray that blessings be channeled to you, too, from the Most High God as you get involved with us continually.


Mike and Luisa  

(c) December 2009, Mike Carey and Luisa Mercado