Workers’ Support for Samar Team

JAMES, JESUSA AND JEROME are Bukang Liwayway’s very own missionaries to Samar, a rural province a world’s difference from Metro Manila. They serve in a church planted by OMF missionaries just two years ago.

Adopting the Samar way of life was challenging; the men collect water from the river fifteen minutes away, grocery trips are one and a half hour’s journey to the city, and phone signals are intermittent.  Despite the lifestyle overhaul, the trio has come to enjoy their simple Samar life. They plant their own vegetables, recharge by the seaside, and sleep early in unplugged tranquility.

James, the team leader, first felt called to pray for Samar six years ago after typhoon Yolanda. He brings his artistic twist to their ministry, letting kids paint all over his house floor, and making skateboards out of scrap materials.

Jesusa and Jerome had been praying about missions before their marriage. Having an active two-year-old did not deter them. Their son, Liyab, is strong and wiry, bouncing around barefoot like a local. “He has many homes in Samar,” they laugh.

Jesusa’s greatest inspirations were the missionaries who came to her hometown of Cogeo, Antipolo. She grew up as a scholar with Bukang Liwayway and became a certified preschool teacher. She now helps the kids’ ministry, especially in teaching the local leaders to make props and do syllabus-planning. She also handles communications and administration for the team.

The team shares a packed schedule. Apart from men’s meetings, trainings, youth groups, Sunday preaching, language lessons and outreach, Jerome leads a Saturday Zumba class for 15-20 mothers and children in the town plaza. The team also hosts an informal feeding program every Friday for about 20 kids.

Every day hungry children show up at their table, so they cook extra. Out of the little they have, they try to supplement students’ allowances by paying them to run small errands. Recently they blessed a mother with her first ever birthday cake. Being able to give joy to the people through simple things motivates the team to carry on despite their own difficulties.

Their remaining three months will be exciting. They brought guitars from Manila to start a music workshop, have plans for a youth retreat, hope to start a girls’ youth group, and will conduct more preaching training and a Couple’s Fellowship in February. They also must ensure that the locals are equipped enough to carry on their ministries in their absence.

We pray that our mission team will finish well—not just as salt and light in Samar, but also in the maturity of their faith in God and love for one another.


Support the Samar Team! Your contribution will go towards their living allowance and ministry funds. 

How to donate: 
Make a direct bank transfer to
BL- Dawn for the Poor Foundation Inc.
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company (Metrobank)
Account number: 347-3-34755656-5
BIC: MBTCPHMM
Mobile number: +63 09293159564

Kindly e-mail us at admin@dawnforthepoor.org with the transfer amount and transaction number when you have made your donation, and list "Support for Samar Team" as the subject title. 

 

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General Workers’ Fund

Many of our staff were former Bukang Liwayway scholars, and most still live within the communities they were from. They now continue the work of BL’s founding missionaries, travelling to the various communities to flesh out all of BL‘s ministry programs. All the staff live by faith, depending completely on support that comes into the workers’ fund. Contributions to the General Workers' Fund are distributed among staff in need.

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Worker’s Support for Mary Rose Nadal

Mary Rose became a part of Bukang Liwayway's youth fellowship at the age of 14, and there found kindred spirits who shared her love of sharing the gospel. As a teenager growing up in Cogeo, Antipolo, she lived in a house that had no electricity or water. Despite studying by candlelight, she was a good student and often topped her class. That is why it broke her heart when her parents could not afford to let her enroll in college. With much prayer, she applied successfully for a Bukang Liwayway sponsorship, and was able to finish her studies.

She was always deeply inspired by the way BL staff ministered with joy. God confirmed her calling to join BL as a full-time staff with Ecclesiastes 3:1, affirming her that her season had come, and that He had a purpose for her. She now manages the scholars in Antipolo, Trece Martirez, Cavite and Samar, leading three disciples and four house churches.

Click to read Mary Rose's Prayer Letter


All staff in Dawn for the Poor live by faith, depending on support that comes into the workers' fund every month. Each staff needs USD 300-600 monthly to cover living costs and take care of their households. Any contribution, no matter how small, goes a long way to help them continue serving in ministry.

Pledge to support a staff monthly by downloading this form and e-mailing it to bl.dawnforthepoor@gmail.com

Or give a one-time gift by clicking on the payment button below.

$50.00

Worker’s Support for Gerald Duarte Alvario

Gerald was only ten years old when his mother passed away. Putting away playtime, he had to learn how to cook, clean and sew. Finishing school seemed impossible until he was accepted  into Bukang Liwayway's scholarship program. More than getting an education, he also accepted Jesus and experienced spiritual transformation.

As a staff, Gerald managed the scholars in Welfareville, where he grew up in. He is currently fulfilling a three-month stint in Calapan as sponsorship coordinator for that area.

Click to read Gerald's prayer letter.


All staff in Dawn for the Poor live by faith, depending on support that comes into the workers' fund every month. Each staff needs USD 300-600 monthly to cover living costs and take care of their households. Any contribution, no matter how small, goes a long way to help them continue serving in ministry.

Pledge to support a staff monthly by downloading this form and e-mailing it to bl.dawnforthepoor@gmail.com

Or give a one-time gift by clicking on the payment button below.

$50.00

Worker’s Support for Anamae Cabrobias

Anamae is 22 years old, and serves as leader of the Sponsorship team for all Bukang Liwayway communities.

Because only one BL scholarship is given per household, she was not eligible to apply for sponsorship as a child. That did not stop her from joining BL discipleship groups and youth camps, and eventually serving as a student leader. "It has always been my passion to serve in BL," she says. That same passion fuels her to make the three-hour journey from her home in Antipolo to Marilao, Bulacan, where she does administrative work and disciples youth leaders.

Bearing the youths' burdens can be emotionally challenging for her. She also shoulders the weight of being the breadwinner in her family on a faith-based income. But with courage and compassion, she soldiers on as an inspiration to other young believers. Her dream? To eventually further her studies in the field of social work to boost her ministry.

Click to read Anamae's prayer letter.


All staff in Dawn for the Poor live by faith, depending on support that comes into the workers' fund every month. Each staff needs USD 300-600 monthly to cover living costs and take care of their households. Any contribution, no matter how small, goes a long way to help them continue serving in ministry.

Pledge to support a staff monthly by downloading this form and e-mailing it to bl.dawnforthepoor@gmail.com

Or give a one-time gift by clicking on the payment button below.

$50.00