Sunday, July 22, 2012

Look Who's Four Already!

Te Deum laudamus!
This mission baby who would have otherwise died 3 months after her birth is now 4 years old.
She has survived, has not suffered blindness nor paralysis nor mental retardation.
The family is thankful to God, to the mission sponsors and volunteers, and to the SSPX Priests for all the support and guidance given to them through the years.
On July 21, the family celebrated her birthday in front of the chapel after Holy Mass.
Rev. Fr. Timothy Pfeiffer bought cakes for her birthday.
After the party, she sang "Soul of My Savior" and "Holy God We Praise Thy Name" giving joy to the people who had gathered around her.
Happy birthday, Jane!
Thank you dear sponsors!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Thank you for your special gifts!

On behalf of little Jane, thank you so much for your gift, dear Vero'!  
An exciting news:  She can walk on her own now!  She proudly showed me last Sunday how she can manage to walk without anybody holding her hand.  It was so good to see.  Thanks be to God for the wonderful development.
Thank you for the rosaries and scapulars, dear Madam Susan.  
The people in Alabel Poblacion will be so grateful to finally receive rosaries.  They asked for rosaries last May and we promised to give as soon as we could.  Now is the moment!  Thank you very much.  May God bless you!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Rev. Fr. Couture Visits Rosa Mystica Health Mission GSC Office

 June 16-17, 2012:  What a happy surprise!  
No less than the Asian District Superior came on the 5th Anniversary 
of the mission office in General Santos City! 
 O gee, and we did not even know he was coming!  And we did not prepare any program! O la la...

Father, you didn't hear me sing the Kyrie Eleison and the Soul of My Savior!  
When you come back, I will sing for you.

Thank you for the blessing, thank you for the medicines, thank you for the food, and thank you for the gifts!  We pray for you, Father.  God bless you!
Thank you for coming, Father!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Special Plea to the Sacred Heart

Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
O Lord, I pray that in my home, peace, quiet, and well being may 
prevail under the shadow of Thy holy mantle.   
Bless and protect, O Lord, my endeavors, my enterprises, 
and all those who depend on me, and everything that I
 long for and desire.  
Banish from my mind and my heart false ideas and evil sentiments. 
Infuse in me a love of my neighbor and grant me the means to help him.   
Give me resignation and fortitude of spirit in time of adversity 
so that I may rise above the contradictions of life.   
Guide and protect, O Lord, my own 
who are exposed to the dangers and contingencies of the world. 
Do not forget, O my Jesus, our loved ones 
with whom we were united in life and whose departure 
from this earth caused us sorrow, 
at the same time consoled by the thought that, 
because they remained faithful to Thee, 
Thou didst not abandon them at the hour of death.  
Have pity on them, O Lord, and bring them to their eternal glory 
in heaven.  Amen.

Dear Reader: 
The above photo features a mission patient from Western Mindanao.  She is scheduled for dental surgery and facial reconstruction with generous help from Noordhoff Foundation, PAL Foundation, and the St. Joseph Transient Home.  Rosa Mystica Mission provides the food and personal hygiene supplies of the patient.  May we humbly beg your prayers for her intention?  We pray fervently that  she may see and love God in her suffering. May she find consolation from the most Sacred Heart of our loving Savior.  

May we also recommend to your prayers a desperate family in dire straits from the Southern Mindanao mission?  May they learn to offer their cares to the Sacred Heart that they may find rest and comfort in His Providence.  

Thank you very much for your spiritual support.  
May the Sacred Heart be our constant inspiration.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Love Reaches Out: Missions in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Reaching out to the Southernmost Island 

June 25, 2012: A Medical Community Assistance Program (MEDCAP) was organized by the local government unit of Bongao in Tawi-tawi in partnership with the ACIM Asia, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Bongao Doctors’ Association, Philippine Marines and other local nongovernmental organizations of the ARMM, as part of the 54th founding anniversary celebration.

The MEDCAP aimed to reach out to the indigent people of Bongao and to the marginalized populace of the remote island communities, who were transported into the mainland, to avail of the free medical consultation, medicines, vaccines, dental extraction, eye examination and eyeglasses as needed, haircut, and reflexology.  

The Philippine Navy helped in the transportation of medicines from Jolo, Sulu and of the medical volunteers from Zamboanga city, to Bongao.
The municipality has no allotment for health from the provincial government. Hence, the municipal government is outsourcing to materialize a medical outreach, which intends to alleviate the immediate medical needs of its constituents that will lead to a gradual improvement of the general public economy.  When a patient has serious medical illness, they have to travel to Zamboanga city, usually taking the 18-hour travel via boat, for appropriate medical services. 

Four hundred and thirty seven patients of Bongao were served at the mission: 174 patients for medical consultation, 46 patients for reflex foot therapy, 110 patients for dental extraction, 30 patients for eye check up and 64 for haircut.

Simultaneously, in the parish church a few steps from the mission area, rosaries, scapulars, and medals were distributed among the Catholic community, through the assistance of Our Lady of Holy Rosary parish priest and staff.

The employees of the municipal government were so happy to receive rosaries and catechism pamphlets before the mission.

Mathilde Rigolot, a volunteer from France, participated in the said medical outreach by helping out in the Pharmacy area together with other ACIM Asia volunteers. She came to Bongao days before the mission proper to help in transporting the medicines, coordinating with the Catholic community, and organizing accommodation for medical volunteers and other logistics.  The patients, after receiving free medical consultation, dental extractions and check up, were more overwhelmed when they claimed their free medications from a smiling foreign woman in the pharmacy area.  Sometimes, a little gesture of genuine kindness, is more appreciated than the goods being given.

Lanjal kamu: Welcome to the Joint MedCAP !
 April 27, 2012

Barangay Bunbun, Patikul, Sulu - 9 hour vessel ride from Zamboanga City. The area is so remote that there  was no signal for mobile phones, except in  a specific single spot.  The team arrived very late on the night prior to the event.
The port of  Barangay Bunbun

The medical civic action program started at around 9AM.  Patients were registered and their initial vital signs and their baseline data were taken before they could enter the camp. Services that could be availed of inside the camp were dental consultation and extraction, medical and ophthalmic consultation and tests, vaccination for children, bloodletting, and minor surgeries.

Dr Bagongon and the opthal team conducting test for a patient

Of course there was also a pharmacy where patients could get their free medicines.  ACIM Asia was in charge of dispensing the medicines.  A volunteer pharmacist whom we worked with during the March 14, 2012 ground zero MedCAP was also there, unexpectedly. He and his friend translated the instructions on proper medication in the local dialect – Tausug. Health teachings were also injected during the distribution of medicines.
Baby receiving a vaccination
The team served 327 patients for medical and dental. The aim of the event  was to give thanks to the locals, who had been very cooperative with the efforts of the government in sustaining a long-term culture of peace in the area. 

Many locals took advantage of the rare opportunity for health relief given to them.  The area is very remote and land travel is perilous,  so health workers  cannot easily access the area, and sick locals cannot also easily go to hospitals.  This mission brought special joy to patients and mission volunteers alike.

April 28, 2012
We left the MBLT 11 camp at around 17:00 and went  to Jolo, Sulu. The team  stayed in KHTB, a military camp in Jolo, for the night until the next day's medical outreach.

Kids playing Apple Eating Contest, among other games, during  the medical mission

The program had already started when we arrived.  As we busied ourselves in setting  up the medical mission venue,  the rest of the crowd engaged in tree planting.   The  mission was conducted in Sitio Bayog, mount Bayog, Talipao, Sulu, in a small school that had only 2 rooms.  We set up one room for the medical consultation, dental services and opthalmologic check up, while we assigned the other room as the pharmacy and minor surgery area. The barbers were installed in the open field, next to the feeding area.

The team served 100 patients for general medicine (both adult and pediatric), 45 for ophthalmology (free eyeglasses given according to their specific need), and 12 patients for minor surgery.

Our Lady - our inspiration, refuge and strength in the mission..
Health of the sick, pray for us!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Medical Missions for Peace

The Eastern Mindanao Command covers the following areas:  Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, Cotabato, Sarangani, General Santos City, Davao, and Cagayan de Oro.

Western Mindanao Visit

A kind Doctor from the United States of America heard the plea of the retired physician in Basilan.  Together with the senior citizens of Isabela, Basilan (in Sulu), she happily received the donations of stethoscope and sphygmomanometer.  Her clinic receives patients for free.

With the abundance you see in Mindanao, you would wish Luzon were as blessed... 

...almost paradise...

Let not the tranquility of the water deceive you. 
Ideological wars are constantly being fought over this paradise... echoes the refrain: "this could be heaven... or this could be hell".

This war-weary land longs so much for peace... the peace that only Our Lord Jesus Christ can give...

Holy Mary, Mother of God, lead us to Jesus, thy Son.

Adveniat regnum Tuum. Fiat voluntas Tua sicut in caelo et in terra.

Ground Zero Medical Outreach

Few people can imagine the difficulties suffered by minority Christians gridlocked in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, where traveling to the nearest hospital is always fraught with peril because armed rebels patrol the roads and the seas. One has to be there present to see the indescribable joy of the isolated Christians in receiving Rosaries and catechism tracts as they availed of the much-prayed-for medical services.
 Make me a channel of Thy peace... where's there's despair in life let me bring Hope...

Ground Zero Medical Outreach in Barangay Silangkan, Sulu
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Rosa Mystica Health Mission 2012


Rosa Mystica Health Mission 2012

As requested, Rosa Mystica Health Mission came again to Barangay Mariana on February 27 until March 2, 2012 to serve the needy.  A hundred and ninety local and foreign volunteers served in the mission.  
Our sincerest gratitude to all these volunteers who spent their own money for their fare.  A million thanks also to all the sponsors of the mission.  May God bless and keep them all!

Mission Locations of ACIM Asia (2007 - 2012)

Mission Locations of ACIM Asia (2007 - 2012)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Sweet Relief

With boxes of clothings and food items, 4 mission volunteers visited the evacuation center to give assistance to victims of the fire in Tatalon, Quezon City on March 28, 2012.  There were 411 families affected.
The people excitedly lined up for the much-needed clothings given for free.
and warmly received the catechism tracts that lifted their spirits and gave them hope in the midst of their moment of tragedy.

Children eagerly learned how to pray to the good and loving Father in heaven.
50 children happily attended the catechism lessons.
80 adults eagerly listened to the lesson on how to do the examination of conscience 
and how to go to Confession.
And the children enjoyed the delightful sweets donated by a generous lady from Malaysia.

Such rare sweets couldn't be bought in ordinary stores in the country.  
What a very special unexpected treat!

Thank you for the joy!
 Thank you for your sweet concern!