The Carolina Community Farmers Association (CCFA) under the Community Development Program of Lead with Integrity and Good Governance in Helping Communities for Holistic Transformation (LIGHT) Microfinance, Inc., launched its first retail outlet enterprise in Baranggay Carolina, Naga City on February 24, 2017 to provide quality and affordable commodities in their Barangay.
LIGHT (Lead with Integrity and Good Governance in Helping Communities for Holistic Transformation) Microfinance, Inc., organized a relief distribution activity for the 158 families it serves in Butuan City on January 16-19, 2017 as part of the organization’s Disaster Relief Assistance project under its Non-Financial Services Program.
Fifty (50) students and twenty (20) parents participated in the “Leaves and Lives: Lamang ang may Kaalaman sa Halaman” project of LIGHT (Lead with Integrity and Good Governance for Holistic Transformation) Microfinance, Inc., on August 15, 2016 at Saint Francis National Highschool in Brgy., Halang, Binan, Laguna for the organization’s Balik Blessing Program under its Non-Financial Services.
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch bear fruits of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, be bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” – John 15:4-5
Jesus used the word “abide” in verse 4 as a command to the disciples because He knew that not all of them are abiding – that Jesus knew Judas would eventually betray Him. You see, in reality, not all believers abide every single time. We may be working in a Christian organization, earn a living, practice generosity, and even serve the poor and still not be able to abide. That is why we need to know that there is a difference between work and fruit. It is not impossible to be working for Christ and still not be fruitful just because we are not abiding. But how do we abide? The only way is to be connected as the branch to the one true vine (John 15:5). We have been called to be connected with the vine in order to not just produce fruit but to bear it; for bearing fruit is a natural outcome of being in Christ and letting Him live His life through us. We love Jesus because He first loved us (1John 4:19). We didn’t choose Him, He chose us to walk out our faith in obedience to Him (John 15:16).
29 LIGHT Main Office staff participated in the City-Wide Tree Planting Activity organized by the city City Environment and Natural Resource Office of San Fernando, Pampanga in observance of the Philippine Arbor Day on June 25, 2016 in San Agustin, San Fernando, Pampanga.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.” – John 15:1
Prior to the above verse, Jesus and the disciples are about to leave the upper room headed to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus will pray His great High Priestly prayer. Then Jesus speaks the words which make up this text in John 15 presenting the true vine and the gardener. In John 15, Jesus is pictured for us as the True Vine. We might ask ourselves, “Why did Jesus give them this teaching?” The answer is simple: They needed it! The disciples have just been informed that Jesus is going away but His work is going to continue through them and their lives (John 14:12). As they learned that they were to carry on the work of the Lord, they realized the need to produce that kind of fruits in their lives. Jesus and Jesus alone possesses life within Himself (John 14:6). He alone is the true source of everlasting and abundant life.Continue reading
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.” – Isaiah 7:14 (NASB)
We learned from the first prophecy of God as recorded in Genesis 3:15 that the serpent was cursed after the fall of man and that this very event actually pointed to Jesus. Eventually, the prophet Isaiah also predicted Jesus called Immanuel (means God with us) to be born through a virgin as a seed of a woman and fulfilled in the New Testament (Matthew 1:18 and Galatians 4:4-5). Then this seed of the woman who is Jesus became the Savior of the fallen world (Matthew 1:21; Luke 2:11; 1 Timothy 1:15). But have you ever thought why God placed the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden? Well, God placed the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden to give Adam and Eve a choice to obey Him or disobey Him. Meaning, God gave human that freewill. Ah, so why did God give us free will if He knew that we would mess up, make the wrong decisions, and ultimately reject Him? God’s purpose with mankind is to have eternal fellowship with those who truly love Him; so he wouldn’t create humans like robots who would just obey because then, they wouldn’t be able to express true love.
Capas branch joined in the Balik Blessing Program on June 14, 2016 at the Calangitan Elementary School in Capas, Tarlac organized by LIGHT as part of its Non-Financial Services and to pave way for its members in giving back to the community.
20 out of school youths from Pampanga attended an empowering workshop hosted by TPKI (Talete king Panyulung Kapampangan Inc.) Foundation in partnership with LIGHT (Lead with Integrity and Good Governance in Helping Communities for Holistic Transformation) Microfinance, Inc., and IJM (International Justice Mission) on May 11-13, 2016 at the TPKI Head Office.