Stories of Hope

Blessed to be a blessing

Children rush to her and she warmly welcomes them in her arms. While she holds the children, she turns and gently reminds one of the staff about the operations meeting in the afternoon. At first glance, you would think Jamaica ‘Jam’ Manibog is too young to be taking care of Rose of Sharon operations, but her age has nothing to do with her ability to lead and take charge.

Life was not easy for Jam as she was growing up. She was the eighth of 12 children. Her father worked as a security guard and her mother did volunteer work in their community every now and then. Four of her older siblings had jobs and helped out to augment the family’s income.

In 2001, her mother was introduced to CCT and before long, Jam and her family began attending regular Bible studies. From there she became a beneficiary of the VOH scholarship program. Each month from grade school to high school, she received an allowance that helped cover the cost of transportation, school projects, field trips and the like. Without this assistance there was no way her family could have sent her and her siblings to school.

Jam remembers how she was once like the children under her care, in need not only of a means to better her life, but also of a Savior to show her her worth. She is thankful for how the Lord brought her to CCT. Having learned of His grace and love, Jam is truly grateful for what VOH has given her: the gift of education. Giving back now to VOH children, she knows that she is blessed to be a blessing.

Visions of Hope (VOH) is the Children & Youth Ministry
of the Center for Community Transformation (CCT),
a Christian Development Organization implementing
holistic and transformational programs and services among poor communities all over the Philippines.

CCT-Visions of Hope
5/F Echelon Tower, 2100 A. Mabini St.
Malate, Manila 1004, Philippines
Landline: (02) 524- 1819 local 207