Almana Ger Yatom

Widows, Strangers, Orphans: Journeying with the Poor

May 22, 2015
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Seeing reality or what it means to be biblical

What does it mean to be biblical?   The bible is our lens that allows us to see reality.   For many people, only material things or physical things are real. They believe, only things they can touch or measure or see are real and the rest do not exist or do not matter.   This belief can be very subtle as when people promote or sell aggressively a kind of prosperity Read more [...]
3-boys-in-slum

April 6, 2014
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A Theoretical Framework on How to Change Communities: The Shalom House Model in the Philippines

 The Model provides a theoretical or theological framework for working among the urban poor. The Shalom house was created by urban poor mothers, consisting of four pillars or posts symbolizing the four minimum basic needs (housing, livelihood, education and health). The pillars are tied together by a beam which is community organizing. Community organizing empowers the community and allows them to Read more [...]
Humanization and Dehumanization

August 18, 2013
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Humanization and Dehumanization

Jesus’ humanity is crucial in our ministry. The world’s impact is towards dehumanization and the church living counter culturally or being a contrast society will counteract that trend, towards humanizing society. It is the humanity of Christ that gives us the template for biblicality, whether or not we are presenting a true gospel and whether our gospel is able to overcome the worldly trend of Read more [...]
MMP celebration

March 1, 2014
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Silent Retreat: Moving Forward into Solitude

DESMOND TUTU wrote, “Our relationship with God is a love affair and ultimately the greatest joy is just to be with the Beloved, to drink in the beauty of the Beloved in a silence that will become ever more wordless and imageless —the silence of just being together.”[1] Preface by Rev. Leo Armas A retreat is an invitation to enter more deeply into intimacy with Christ who waits outside Read more [...]

January 4, 2014
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Our Community, Companion with the Poor (formerly MMP), an Experiment in Journeying as a Community

Introduction: Our community and ministry began years before we joined MMP. When we started, we were not yet part of MMP. We belonged to another organization. We all moved to MMP and took over the shell corporation of MMP after the founders decided to close down the corporation. MMP before we arrived was entirely focused on pre-schools. We were just a handful of missionaries journeying together when Read more [...]
Begin with Community

August 17, 2013
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Begin with Community

Relationship The first thing we need to do is understand what relationship is. Many actually do not know how to relate with people, many also take it for granted because they do it instinctively but the fact remains that our modernizing world is fast edging relationship out of our consciousness so that relationship is no longer significant. I have always told my students who want to marry that Read more [...]
Deuteronomy's Account of Witnessing to the Nations

August 18, 2013
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Deuteronomy’s Account of Witnessing to the Nations

The gospel is a movie or an advertisement to the whole world. Israel was formed by God as a display to all the nations. God put out a challenge that when the world sees Israel, they would agree that it is a far better system than the systems of the world. What will the world see? Listen to Moses: “I have taught you decrees and laws as the Lord my God commanded me, so that you may follow them in Read more [...]
Arinai Worship001

August 30, 2013
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Not All Slums are Poor, Some are Richer than Me

Poverty is of varying degrees of severity. It is wise to know the distinction especially in a country like the Philippines where poverty cuts across the entire population. Some slum community dwellers are in fact wealthier than I am. It is not enough to say that they live in the slums and thus, are poor. Most also have this stereotype picture of the slums, depressed, dingy, dark, muddy, houses are Read more [...]

September 17, 2013
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How Do We Journey with the Poor?

  How Do We Journey with the Poor? What Do We Do When We Live Among the Poor? Some purposely do immersion, not because they are poor but they choose to live among the poor to be in solidarity with the poor. When we do, the first goal must be to learn to journey with the poor. Journeying means we seek to enter into their lives, and find out what kind of spirituality they have.   When Read more [...]

December 13, 2013
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The American gospel

Slow gradual stealthy subtle beguiling harmful …. It may be likened to diabetes, a silent killer. What is going on the world today? There is a slow erosion of family values; society is fragmenting and people getting more isolated even amidst crowded and congested urban centres. If we wanted to see what spirituality would look like for our society 20 years from now, we simply have to look at Read more [...]
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