I Pray the Lord Will Give Them Strength, by Carla Santos

Carla Santos Ali Mall CM SIAC Dec 2016

Playing in a band continues to have a huge impact on the children of The School in a Cart in Cubao, the Philippines. You can tell because they choose to write about their experiences learning new instruments, practicing, and performing in churches, schools, and now malls.

For many, this is the first time they’ve had a reason to feel truly proud of themselves. Talk about changing lives! We’re grateful beyond words for the anonymous donors who have made it possible.

Please read Carla’s essay, translated from Tagalog, below:

Carla Santos with Daniella Farinas Ali Mall CM SIAC Dec 2016

Carla (left) signing with Daniella

Carla Santos Ali Mall CM SIAC Dec 2016
Carla Santos Ali Mall CM SIAC Dec 2016

I am Carla. (My love letter.)

The first time I joined the program (at the Center), I did not realize that they are helping people. That is why I am thanking the Lord Jesus.

I was scared when we performed at Ali Mall on Sept. 22, 2016. I am thankful for Teacher Nonie and Kuya (Big brother) Iddo. I pray that the Lord will give Teacher Nonie the strength to cook and to wake up every morning.

We will not get tired coming to the Center. I am thankful for the bag, notebooks, ball pen, and uniform which they gave.