“Overwhelming” is how Life Community Church (LCC) Senior Pastor Mickey Keith describes his March 31-April 17 mission trip to the Philippines and the $20,000 in contributions that the LCC congregation has raised this year for Charisma Bethel Children’s Home (CBCH), an orphanage located in the city of Surigao on the island of Mindanao.
“In addition to this generous contribution, Life Community Church has provided monthly financial support to the CBCH since its inception in 2006,” Keith said. “These funds are used specifically for food, education and health care for the 60-80 children who live in the orphanage at any given time.”
CBCH Director Patora Marilou Navarro is also the president of the Charismatic Full Gospel Ministry (CFGM), the evangelistic organization that includes a 1,000-member central church, a Bible school, a network of more than 400 regional churches and the orphanage. In the 25 years since Navarro founded the orphanage, more than 1,000 orphaned or abandoned children have lived in the CBCH home.
“It was gratifying to see how the LCC contributions to the orphanage are bearing fruit,” Keith said. “Since my last mission to the Philippines in 2011, they refurbished much of the home’s interior space, including a new kitchen, refinished bathrooms and showers, painted interior and exterior walls and added new playground facilities.”
In addition to Life Community’s local ministries and charitable services, Keith believes the LCC’s foreign mission support in Mexico, India, Africa and other countries is important in the overall mission of the Ada church.
In supporting the Philippines orphanage, Keith cites James 1: 27: "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
“Our contributions to the Charisma Bethel Children’s Home make it possible for these children to survive and thrive,” Keith said. “The children are receiving a Christian education, training for the future and a nurturing home environment.”