Pastor Kenneth and Sister Jane De La Vera operate a ministry, Scattering Seeds in the Philippines that relies solely on the support of donations for finances. They rely solely on the Lord to meet the needs of the ministry. Below is his most recent newsletter that was sent to Shayn Roby from Pastor Ken via email:
SCATTERING SEEDS: ‘Philippines’ – MARCH 2013 newsletter
Well summer is here and the temperatures have already been averaging between the upper 80’s through lower 90’s, with humidity levels in the upper 80%’s. I still always find it to be a nice surprise, when on the many occasions that I thought a bug was crawling down my legs or arms, that it was only my sweat running down.
Things with the Olango island feeding ministry are continuing to go well. We are now feeding over 120+ children every Sunday afternoon, what is probably for most of them, their most nutritious meal they’ll eat the entire week. But the even more comforting thing to see is the desire of the children to hear and learn more about how this person named Jesus loves them. I’m always blessed to see the faces of the children as Jane teaches them the children’s Bible stories.
Even though, it’s still always a sad sight to see the poverty level of these poor little children. Most of the parents aren’t able to afford the cheapest bottle of ointment (around $.50c) to put on their legs, arms, and even for some, exposed bottoms of their children, to keep them from scratching their itchy sores, and making them even worse. When our financial support is better, we hope to be able to provide most all of the parents with with a bottle of ointment.
One of the things Jane and I have been praying about, looks like the Lord might bring to happen. We can see the need to separate the younger children from the older ones, in order to give a Bible story message to their age groups, that wouldn’t be too childish for the older ones, but also not to advanced for the littlest ones to understand. But in order to do this we needed the Lord to provide us with another children’s ministry teacher, who could fluently speak the language.
We realized that although we’re having our Olango island feeding ministry on Sunday afternoons, that we still needed to be attending a local church where we can fellowship with other Christians. At first we thought this might be a problem for us, with having the feeding ministry on Sunday’s, but we changed the feeding ministry time to start there a little later, so we can still attend church on Sunday mornings.
As we found the local church where the Lord would have us attending, it looks like we also found the young lady who has a desire to help us with teaching the children on Olango island. The pastor was very excited to hear about the ministry that we have there, and right away shared with us that he has a young lady that’s already been teaching in the children’s ministry at their church, for over two years now, and that he was more than willing to have her help us in the children’s ministry there.
With the good news of having a helper to teach the other age group of children on Olango island, unfortunately, might also come some bad news. It looks like we might have to reduce the feeding ministry there, to only a every other Sunday feeding ministry, instead of weekly. With the help of the girl from our church there will also come the additional traveling expense, that we need to shoulder for her to go with us to that island.
Unfortunately, due to the level of poverty that we come in contact with in the ministry and where we live, and the foods we eat, we have to make sure that we get the proper vaccinations to protect us from some of the more common infectious diseases, that we put ourselves in the path of contacting.
Along with this also comes the constant ability to catch a bacterial or viral infection, from the lack of clean (if you can even find one) public rest rooms, of which 99% don’t have any hand soap. So needless to say, it’s very common for a people here to get a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) from a very unsanitary toilet bowl or urinal.
So last month I got a little UTI that required two trips to a urologist, with urinary and blood labs, an ultrasound, and antibiotics (total cost $103). To make matters worse, I also had to get my second Typhoid fever shot (cost $37) that’s advised to get every two years. So obviously this affected our budget in a big way.
As you might remember in my last newsletter, my friend Shylo seemed to be getting better. Unfortunately, it looks like her health might be taking a turn for the worst. She’s just recently starting to retain water in her body, and as a result her legs and feet are becoming swollen. She’s also having much blood in her urine, and isn’t even having to urinate much at that. I’m thinking that these might be symptoms of serious kidney failure.
I can only say that the Lord is good! Even through Shylo’s continued battle with her health problems, the Lord opened a door for a weekly Saturday home Bible study in her house. So for the last couple of weeks, as we go to visit her we also have around a 30-45 minute Bible study with her and her husband.
It’s nice to see Shylo and her husband (Japeth) come to realize that it’s not through doing good deeds or not eating pork that they’re made right with God. But only by believing, and putting their total trust in what His only son Jesus Christ did on the cross, and receiving Him as they’re Lord and Savior, can they know that they will spend eternity with Him in heaven. Being Seventh Day Adventist’s, I know made it a difficult thing for them to come to understand until recently.
Thank you for your prayers, financial support, and partnership in the ministry. I’m excited to see what the Lord has done, and will continue to do here in the Philippines, as we continue ‘scattering seeds’ together. May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you, as you draw close to Him.
God bless you.
Ken and Jane <><
‘The seed is the Word of God’ LUKE 8:11
In order to provide financial support for Brother Ken and Sister Jane:
1. You can go to PayPal.com
and use the email address KenDLV@MSN.com
2. You can mail your tax-deductible donation to Kenneth’s home church at:
Scattering Seeds Fellowship
12217 Philadelphia St.
Whittier, CA 90601
3. You can make a Bank of America on-line transfer (or in branch deposit) into Kenneth’s account from your Bank of America account using the following bank account information below:
Account #: 000-9589-03071
Address: 1016 Bunbury Drive, Whittier CA 90601-1209
Below are pictures from Scattering Seeds ministry:
Pastor Ken and Sister Jane DeLaVera, their friend Shylo and her husband having home Bible Study .
Pastor Ken with some of the Olango island kids.