AETAS;The Aetas are the aboriginal people of the Philippines. It is a fact that these people have battled outside influences both cultural and evangelistic for centuries. Currently, that line is becoming blurred with outside encroachment from government and a lack of local subsistence. The 1991 Mt. Pinatubo eruption was especially tough in the Zambales, Tarlac and Pampanga Range, causing much death and destruction to their habitat. Over millennia, encroachments have forced the lowland hunters to become farmers and limited hunters. Religion plays a part in the Aetas’ lives represented by the animist, the chief of which is Apo Namalyari. There is a sketchy history of their past and eternal beliefs. The Aetas are warm, friendly people who seem very adaptive to tribal village ways and seem willing to work to better their conditions. The men work at making charcoal and hunting pigs and wild chickens. Similar to the rest of the Filipino society, a matriarchal culture is evident. JITAF vision is not to change their culture but to use our resources to better equip them. Let us stand with these warm-hearted people who have been overlooked and neglected. Their needs are many, in fact they have nothing. MOST CALL THEM PRIMITIVE, GOD CALLS THEM HIS.
HOMELESS; The Philippines has a total population of 82 million people, who are dispersed across thousands of islands, of which forty percent (40%) live in slums (32.8 million)." Source: Homeless International, Homelessness conversely does not solely mean absence of abode but the nonexistence of a "home environment" of love, peace and understanding which is represented by shattered families. The answers to these perplexities can be found in LEADING LIVES / FAMILIES TO BE CHRIST-CENTERED AND DWELL IN GOD’S PROMISES, THE PERFECT DWELLING PLACE. JITAF promotes this vision thru reaching out to the homeless.
ORPHANS; We usually see helpless orphaned street children who compel themselves to make a living in order to survive, deprived of proper education, shelter and other rights, young hearts longing for parent’s love and guidance and poor ones begging for help .Orphans had been so vulnerable to slave recruiters, crime and drug addiction and end up miserable and lost; unguided and have no sense of belongingness. it is our passion to extend affectionate care to the orphans.
WIDOWS; It must be understood that widows are faced with hardships, battles of loneliness and grief, and on situations, the responsibility of becoming the only bread winner in the family. The bereavement process for a spouse’ lost is not an easy commission for widows. JITAF aims to offer counselling, outreach program, impart emotional and spiritual recuperation and oasis of encouragement to help ease the load of widows in need."A FATHER TO THE FATHERLESS, A DEFENDER OF WIDOWS, IS GOD IN HIS HOLY DWELLING." Psalm 68:5
POOR & NEEDY; Jesus' heart was revealed in His life. He spent a great deal of His time with those society had rejected. He not only fed those in need, He interacted with them. The poor weren't people who crossed His path, He sought them out. Essential to following Christ is following His example in our interactions with people who are poor and in need. We are continually inspired by what God has to say on the subject. It is like finding a treasure hidden in plain sight. Here we would like to share a few of the verses and passages that have captured our hearts and guided our mission;
* Proverbs 14:31
"Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but those who help the poor honor Him."
* Psalm 113:7-8
"He lifts the poor from the dirt and the needy from the garbage dump. He sets them among princes, even the princes of His own people."
* James 2:15-17
"Suppose you see a brother or sister who needs food or clothing and you say, Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay warm and eat well' - but then didn't give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So you see, it isn't enough just to have faith. Faith that doesn't show itself by is no faith at all - it is dead and useless."."
* Matthew 25:34 - 40 "Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
WE ARE BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING!