After three months of online dating and a quick trip to the Philippines in October 2007, Jifelane and I got engaged in April 2008 on my next visit to the Philippines. We were married six months later on October 25th.
The service took place at St Stephens Church Shottermill. We were regular worshippers there until our recent move to South Wales. I chaired the Mission Partnership Team and Jifelane regularly served in the Sunday morning toddlers group. Our church is now Bethel Baptist in Pontyclun
I am a Primary Teacher, ESOL Tutor and Children's Author and Jifelane is a Care Giver. We had our first child (Isaac) in October 2013 and in January (2015) we were blessed with our second child (Hannah). For relaxation Jifelane loves making cards and I enjoy coarse fishing and playing guitar.
With God's amazing financial provision we went on our first short term mission trip to China in the summer of 2010, to serve needy children. It was my fifth visit to China to serve in this way and Jifelane's first. It cemented our desire to serve God together in some way.
Jifelane is one of nine siblings. She was born in Mindanao and brought up in Manila, Philippines. She came to faith in her late teens and grew in her faith at the Baptist Bible Seminary in Taytay Rizal, Manila. She served on a children's outreach program in her local church and trained as a Care Giver in Manila before coming to the UK.
I was born in Cardiff, Wales and also came to faith in my late teens. I have been a Primary Teacher for over twenty years and have also served as a missionary in Jamaica. There I taught at Teamwork Associates, Montego Bay and was involved in various children's outreach programs. In addition, I studied for two years at Christ For the Nations Institute in Dallas Texas including their School of Missions. I have a strong interest in missions and as well as serving in China with China Heart, I have also been on short term trips to Poland, Ukraine, Philippines and Vietnam.
We're excited to finally have our site live and ready to share our passion with the world!
We're planning to reach out to children with Cerebral Palsy and their families on the island of Bohol, Philippines. We would love to build a support centre to provide physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, basic clinical care and most of all fun and relaxation for the children and their families.
After much consideration, prayer and discussion, we're going back to our original plan of launching a charity 'Shekinah Cerebral Palsy Support'.
The good news is that the Governing Document for our CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) is already written
So the next steps are...
Could you partner with us?
We are now partners with Cerebral Palsy Epiliepsy Family Support Group and are planning a Seminar in Bohol at the end of 2019.
We are raising funds to help make this seminar happen and you can DONATE via our Just Giving page.
More details to follow!
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