Honoring Leaders | Lynn Nawata

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Today, I want to honor and give thanks to one of the people who made an impact to my life and perhaps, to many more, Ms. Lynn Nawata. She served as the Real Life Foundation Director for the past 8 years. REAL LIFE FOUNDATION is a scholarship program that helps the deserving underprivileged youth to finish college degree for a better future.

As she journeys to the next season of her career, it brings both sadness and joy. But joyful for her as she continues to faithfully serve God to where she is called.

Ms. Lyn, your compassion for helping the poor is so contagious. Everytime we would hear you speak about helping others, it never fails to move people for it has always come to us in a voice of a woman filled with so much passion.

Ms. Lyn, one of the things I will never forget is the line “What is your sobrang happy thought?” Thank you for the #SobrangHappyThoughts. This line always reminds me to recall God’s goodness and faithfulness in my life. When things are rough and difficult, recalling this line puts me back to a heart of gratitude and makes me appreciate every small detail of God’s loving grace , provision and gift of life.

I like what Pastor Steve Murell said during the Metro Manila Staff Meeting that for most of the Real Life scholars and for us alumni you are a “Nanay” (mom). Thank you for the impact you made into the lives of many.

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You bring sobrang happy thoughts into our hearts and we are excited as you bring crossroads to more people across Asia and the world. As you have touched our hearts, surely, you will touch thousands more around the globe.

 

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Go beyond feeding

Waking up extra early on sa Saturday morning was a struggle, it used to be a day with extended sleep. But for the last 7 weeks, By God’s grace I was able to wake up early and head on to Maybunga Elementary School Annex Building from my place. Upon  arrival, I would check if the volunteers for the day has arrived, then proceed to registration and orientation for the kids program.

The kids program was an initiative partnership to the school to help continue the feeding program to the identified students suffering from malnutrition. The school provided a list of students who are on the moderately malnourish to participate and these are ranging from grade 3 to 6.

Last November 7, 2015 was the day we started kids program,through the kids program we don’t just feed them, we prepare weekly event that starts with hand washing, to games and inter-action time with the volunteers of the day, Bible story telling, group discussions to help process the lessons and apply it to daily life, prayer and the most waited part, the feeding.

We don’t just ask them to sit down and be feed, we go beyond it. We don’t just nourish their physical bodies with healthy food, we also nourish their souls, by sharing  God’s word through story telling, imparting God’s goodness, faithfulness and unfailing character. Imparting hope, love, forgiveness, faith, gratitude and a lot more. We teach them to pray and encourage to pray and be in faith. Now that is planting hope and going beyond feeding.

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Arts and Craft time
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Group presentations
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Hand washing activity before starting
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My heart is filled with gratitude to those who help and made this possible, I am thankful to all the volunteers who gave to help us fund the feeding, to the volunteers who generously gave their time and talent to help us run our kids program every Saturday. This has been one of my  highlight for 2015. This has been a wonderful opportunity to give back the community.Waking up extra  early on Saturday was worth it, and priceless every time I see these kids smiles filled with joy, gratitude and hope.