“Without Relief Goods, We Would Starve to Death.” Typhoon Agaton Survivors Need Your Prayers and Help

The residents of barangay Abuyog and Baybay couldn’t do anything but watch as the raging flood waters sweep away their houses.

Sheila Salanawon couldn’t believe the tragedy right before her eyes.

Her family and her neighbors were crying, some were screaming, while others remained speechless as the catastrophic floods brought by Typhoon Agaton wiped out everything on its path.

“The people were screaming because the flood was sweeping away our houses,” Sheila recalled.

All they could do was to pray for their lives to be spared from the imminent danger and for the water to subside. But when it finally did, the next scenes were more devastating.

All their houses were swept away, and everything was covered in mud. Some areas remain submerged in flood. For the residents, it was a scary sight to behold.

“I am distressed that we lost our home but as others say, what’s important is that we are still alive,” Sheila said, trying to hold back tears and comfort herself.

Together with other survivors, her small family temporarily seeks shelter in an evacuation center in a nearby barangay. They rely on relief goods after losing everything they had.

Sheila shared, “Relief goods are very important to us right now because without them, we would starve to death.”

Thankfully, Operation Blessing visited their community and distributed much-needed relief. Sheila’s family and a thousand others received food bags in Abuyog and Baybay, in Leyte.

Apart from the material relief, the survivors also received prayers and words of encouragement from the team and the volunteers who dedicated their Holy Week to share God’s comfort to those in need.

The residents heard the message of hope that one day, with the help of God, they can all get back on their feet.

After receiving immediate relief, Sheila became more hopeful and shared a message to the team, the volunteers, and faithful partners who continue to support disaster-stricken families.

“Thank you so much, may God bless you all!”

Now that Typhoon Agaton has already left the country, Sheila and other typhoon survivors were left wondering about how to rebuild their lives.

Through your prayers and giving, Typhoon Agaton survivors would receive the help they need and would see that there is hope—through God and through you.

Reach out to your kababayans in Leyte and other affected communities by donating any amount through Operation Blessing’s website, through GCash (Operation Blessing), or through the following bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.:

Banco De Oro (BDO)

Peso Account: 003-000-055-279

Dollar Account: 103-000-11-3333

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Union Bank of the Philippines

Peso Account: 00-216-072163-9

Dollar Account: 13-216-000170-0

Swift Code: UBPHPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Account: 270-3-27050273-4

Dollar Account: 270-2-27000282-4

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

Peso Account: 3001-0040-33

For more information on how you can bless others during the pandemic, you may visit Operation Blessing’s Facebook page or contact 0939-921-5543 or 0918-906-7753.

If you wish to support the entire CBN Asia Family of Ministries, here are the ways to give.

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3 Thoughts to Ponder When You Find it Hard to Give

What comes to your mind when you hear about someone in need?

Do you think someone else will help them, or do you ask yourself how you can help?

Some people find it hard to give to those in need due to a lot of personal reasons. And if you, too, are struggling to lend a helping hand, here are 3 thoughts to ponder that can help you cultivate a generous heart, from Tanikala: Tugon sa Dalangin—an Operation Blessing Special:

Thought #1: God will provide for my needs.”

Do you hold on to your resources with an iron fist, or an open hand?

Sometimes, people want to give but find it hard to give because of fear. Fear of losing resources. Fear of not having enough for yourself and for your loved ones. Fear of the future.

If fear keeps you from giving, it’s time to ask yourself: Do I trust that God will provide for my needs? Do I truly believe that God will take care of me?

Tugon sa Dalangin featured the story of sisters Janine and Rheine Doña. In the wake of Typhoon Odette, they offered prayers and encouragement to their neighbors—in faith that God will comfort them, too. Their family received relief items when Operation Blessing visited their community.

Trusting God with your needs can free you from fear. Next time you struggle to give, pray. Remember that God loves you and has a better life for you. As you care for others, trust that God will take care of you too.

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 NKJV)

Thought #2: “My giving is not in vain. God sees me, God is glorified.”

Some people struggle to give because they feel that their money, time, effort, or love won’t be appreciated.

Whenever you feel this way, ask yourself: What is my motivation behind my giving? Do I believe that God sees me?

If you give to receive praise from other people, there is a high chance that you’d be let down. But when you fix your eyes on Jesus—on being a vessel of His love and grace—you can be assured that your giving is not in vain.

This is what volunteer dentist Dr. Marissa Pascua believes. She joined Operation Blessing’s medical mission in Tacloban where she met Marilou Fabi—who was suffering from severe toothache. Upon receiving free dental surgery and medicines, Marilou concluded that it was God’s hand that led the volunteer doctors to their community.

God appreciates and is pleased with your small acts of kindness. God is glorified by your wholehearted service to others.

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 4:10-11 ESV)

Thought #3: “Any help, no matter how small, can change lives.”

Do you ever feel so overwhelmed by the needs of the world that it feels like there is nothing you can do to make a difference? So instead of giving, you hold back—because you think it won’t change anything anyway.

Try to avoid thinking that what you give is not good enough. Focus on the reason why you are giving: Do I give to glorify God? Do I believe that every good thing I have is entrusted to me by God? Do I trust that God multiplies whatever I give?

For instance, giving a small amount to typhoon-affected families may not change their life instantly, but it will give them the food they need to survive the day. In the midst of their helplessness and hunger, receiving any help gives them hope that God answers their prayers.

Instead of finding a job in the city, teacher Irene Bertudez of the Dumagat tribe in Quezon chose to give back to her community. Amid the pandemic, she prayed for school supplies that they can use for modular learning. Her prayers were answered through Operation Blessing partners. These acts of giving continue to inspire Dumagat children bit by bit each day.

So next time you hear of a need and you can do something about it—even if it seems small—give it a try. In the end, you also benefit. God blesses you with a deep sense of joy and purpose that only comes from giving.

“You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:11-12 ESV)

Are you praying for a generous heart?

It would be our joy to pray for you! Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or send your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

If you are blessed by this year’s Tanikala and you want to bless the ministry, you may do so through this link. 

Your Gift Reaches and Comforts the Mangyans in Oriental Mindoro. Here’s How You Can Reach More!

For many families who experienced the rage of Typhoon Odette, it seemed like a miracle that they survived at all.

The typhoon was far beyond what they have expected and prepared for.

Not only did it tear down houses, submerge towns, and displace tens of thousands of families in its wake—it also crippled the livelihoods of many communities, making it harder for the affected individuals to rebuild their lives.

If the well and able people found it difficult to bounce back from the tragedy, just imagine how hard it must be for our most vulnerable kababayans, like the indigenous peoples.

Such is the case for Inaywon and her family.

Inaywon belongs to the Mangyan group who resides in the town of Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro.

The floods have subsided. The devastating winds are gone. Three months have passed but Inaywon and the indigenous peoples in their community are still reeling from Typhoon Odette’s impact.

At this point, any kind of help would mean a lot.

Any relief brings hope that they can recover, too.

Thanks to your compassionate hearts and partnership with Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, Inaywon and her fellow Mangyans received much-needed help this week!

 

Your gift reaches their Mangyan Village in Sitio Lamak, Barangay Manaul, through Operation Blessing’s disaster response team, volunteers, and the support of Grace Foursquare Gospel Church and the 4th Infantry “Scorpion” Battalion of the Philippine Army.

Inaywon and hundreds of families received food bags, hygiene kits, sanitary napkins, as well as diapers for babies. Apart from material blessings, the beneficiaries received devotional books and prayers from the team.

The kids were in for a treat, too! They had fun with Superbook’s games, songs, and giveaway goodies.

“Thank you so much! Your help means a lot to us here in Sitio Lamak,” Inaywon shared.

Months have passed but many indigenous families are still facing the same challenges. Many are still without homes; some are uncertain where to get their next meal, while others wonder how to recover mentally from the helplessness brought by Typhoon Odette.

Together, we can reach and comfort more indigenous families!

Send your gift to your kababayans through Operation Blessing’s website, through GCash (Operation Blessing), or through the following bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.:

Banco De Oro (BDO)

Peso Account: 003-000-055-279

Dollar Account: 103-000-11-3333

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Union Bank of the Philippines

Peso Account: 00-216-072163-9

Dollar Account: 13-216-000170-0

Swift Code: UBPHPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Account: 270-3-27050273-4

Dollar Account: 270-2-27000282-4

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

Peso Account: 3001-0040-33

For more information on how you can support our relief efforts, visit Operation Blessing’s Facebook page or contact 0939-921-5543 or 0918-906-7753.

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Leaves are Greener and Life is Better for Operation Blessing’s Livelihood Beneficiaries

To say that livelihoods are affected during the pandemic would be an understatement.

For the last 2 years, countless of families have struggled with joblessness, hunger, and uncertainty. Fear gripped the young and old; life became harder for the most vulnerable. Those who are at the hem of poverty were only pushed further to the edge.

Just like the family of Romeo Mendoza, a senior citizen from Barangay Lumutan, in General Nakar, Quezon.

At 72, Tatay Romeo is one of those who bear the brunt of the pandemic. Apart from being at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and feeling helpless or isolated, it’s even harder for older people like him to find a job that could support his basic needs—like food and medicine.

The recent typhoons have also left a devastating impact on Tatay Romeo’s family.

Thankfully, no pandemic can stop you from sharing God’s love and spreading hope to your kababayans in need!

Because of your faithful partnership with Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, Tatay Romeo and his neighbors received vermicomposting livelihood assistance last July 2021.

Operation Blessing braved the rough roads once again and visited the beneficiaries this week—thrilled to find out that the growth of their vermicompost is evident after only 7 months!

From 2 kilos each, they now have approximately 15 to 20 kilos of vermicompost, harvesting up to 1 sack of fertilizers per week.

Some of the beneficiaries happily shared that they are planning to use the vermicompost on their crops for this year’s planting season—April and May—instead of using synthetic fertilizers. To augment their income, they also target to market both the vermicomposting worms and fertilizers.

Meanwhile, the beneficiaries also received much-needed medicines and words of encouragement from the team.

Tatay Romeo proudly shared that he harvested his mustard plants a week earlier than expected.

“The plants grew faster when I put vermicompost fertilizer, and the leaves are greener!” he said.

Praise God for your heart to better the lives of our most vulnerable kababayans!

Together, we can help more people rebuild their lives and make it greener—may it be through vermicomposting, fishing, farming, and many other types of livelihood assistance.

If you are prompted to support pandemic-hit families and typhoon-stricken communities, partner with Operation Blessing today!

You may bless your kababayans by giving through Operation Blessing’s website, through GCash (Operation Blessing), or through the following bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.:

Banco De Oro (BDO)

Peso Account: 003-000-055-279

Dollar Account: 103-000-11-3333

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Union Bank of the Philippines

Peso Account: 00-216-072163-9

Dollar Account: 13-216-000170-0

Swift Code: UBPHPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Account: 270-3-27050273-4

Dollar Account: 270-2-27000282-4

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

Peso Account: 3001-0040-33

For more information on how you can bless others during the pandemic, you may visit Operation Blessing’s Facebook page or contact 0939-921-5543 or 0918-906-7753.

If you wish to support the entire CBN Asia Family of Ministries, here are the ways to give.

(DSWD-SB-SP-000061-2021-Nationwide. Valid until November 23, 2022)

Families in Davao and Tacloban Felt Your Love through Operation Blessing’s Medical Mission

In a time of global pandemic, it is not only important to secure the health and safety of the people, but also to maintain their well-being.

Thankfully, no crisis stopped you from sharing God’s love to your kababayans, reaching people in need, and bringing healthcare closer to communities!

Through your faithful partnership with Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, you were able to deliver love, healing, and comfort to families in Davao and Tacloban.

Your kababayans in Community of Hope in Palanog, Tacloban received free medical, dental, and optical services—made more efficient with Operation Blessing’s state-of-the-art mobile clinic.

Volunteer medical personnel from the Philippine National Police, the DLL-Sagad Off-Roaders, and local church partner all took part in bringing medical support to both children and elders.

The kids felt “extra love” as the Superbook team spread hope, cheer, and goodies. Apart from the medical relief, the team prayed for all the beneficiaries and shared God’s saving love and encouragement!

The warmth of your love and care were also felt by your kababayans in Barangay San Jose in Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte.

With the help of medical volunteers, Sto. Tomas local government unit, 89 Infantry Battalion, 1003rd Brigade 10ID, and Medical Battalion 10ID, the members of Ata-Manobo tribe received much-needed medical support.

Residents were offered free medical, optical, and dental check-ups, while tribal kids availed of free circumcision—a service that was halted for two years, since the pandemic started.

The team also reached Barangay Kinamayan where many families availed of free medical and optical checkups, tooth extraction, as well as circumcision for the boys.

The kids also enjoyed some snacks and received their “Ang Aklat ng Pag-asa” (The Book of Hope) booklets. The beneficiaries—young and old—all went home with warm smiles after receiving relief and prayers from Operation Blessing’s medical mission.

What an incredible way to celebrate and express love this love month!

Come rain or shine, Operation Blessing continues to be at the forefront of bringing help to our kababayans and sharing God’s love and comfort. And all these efforts are possible because of your help!

This love month and beyond, you can continue sparking hope to more communities in Davao, Tacloban, and across the country.

Partner with Operation Blessing and support our upcoming medical missions! You may give any amount through Operation Blessing’s website, through GCash (Operation Blessing), or through the following bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.:

Banco De Oro (BDO)

Peso Account: 003-000-055-279

Dollar Account: 103-000-11-3333

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Union Bank of the Philippines

Peso Account: 00-216-072163-9

Dollar Account: 13-216-000170-0

Swift Code: UBPHPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Account: 270-3-27050273-4

Dollar Account: 270-2-27000282-4

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

Peso Account: 3001-0040-33

For more information on how you can help or sponsor, contact 0918-906-7753 or send a message through Facebook.

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Here’s How You Brought Lifesaving Relief to Your Kababayans in Rizal

Mass vaccinations here and there, lockdowns lifted, and reopening of malls and face-to-face classes.

As the government slowly ease COVID-19 restrictions, you might feel as if the pandemic is over. You might feel that everything is going back to normal.

Here’s the truth: The pandemic is not yet over.

Weary and weakened Filipino families continue to go hungry as the crisis ensues. Food assistance is a vital lifeline for people who, after almost two years, are still reeling from the pandemic’s impact.

Many are still struggling to get by. Sadly, the current challenges have exhausted their resources and hope.

Thankfully, you stepped in!

Your partnership with Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, helped bring life-saving relief and spark hope to indigenous communities in Rizal.

Through your generosity, 150 indigent families in Sapinit, Antipolo, have received much-needed food bags last week. Though masks covered everyone’s smiles, the disaster response team and off-road volunteers surely felt the happiness and gratitude of the beneficiaries!

Meanwhile, undernourished children in Sitio Kabuhuan, Barangay Puray in Rodriguez, Rizal have gained weight after months of daily feeding!

They are part of Operation Blessing’s Bless-a-Child program and are all given healthy meals every day to improve their health and well-being.

Operation Blessing’s medical volunteers visited the children to help their families address health concerns like common colds, cough, and rashes. The children also received free tutorials with their modular learning!

Join us in ensuring that no family is left behind.

Partner with Operation Blessing and bless them today!

You may donate any amount through Operation Blessing’s website, through GCash (Operation Blessing), or through the following bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.:

Banco De Oro (BDO)

Peso Account: 003-000-055-279

Dollar Account: 103-000-11-3333

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Union Bank of the Philippines

Peso Account: 00-216-072163-9

Dollar Account: 13-216-000170-0

Swift Code: UBPHPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Account: 270-3-27050273-4

Dollar Account: 270-2-27000282-4

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

Peso Account: 3001-0040-33

For more information on how to support your kababayans, you may visit Operation Blessing’s Facebook page or contact 0939-921-5543 or 0918-906-7753.

If you wish to support the entire CBN Asia Family of Ministries, here are the ways to give.

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Your Compassion Has Reached Typhoon Odette Survivors in Bohol, Palawan

One month has passed since Typhoon Odette wreak havoc in the country and brought torrential rains, catastrophic winds, and landslides.

The strongest typhoon of 2021 did not spare billions worth of agriculture, infrastructure, and homes. Thousands of our kababayans in Visayas and Mindanao were displaced; others are seeking immediate relief and hope.

The year has changed but one thing remains: Families affected by Typhoon Odette are still reeling from its impact.

Norma Bulilan could still vividly recall the shock and hopelessness she felt when she saw the ruins of their home.

The 49-year-old mother is just one of the residents in the coastal community of Panaytayon, Tubigon in Bohol who lost their home and livelihood during Typhoon Odette’s onslaught.

“The day after Typhoon Odette hit, I left the evacuation site and went back to check our home. Seeing that our house was one of those that have been destroyed, I said, ‘My God, what would we do now?‘” Norma recalled.

Just like her neighbors, Norma was clueless as to how they can survive each day and rebuild their lives, “I don’t know where to start. Our house and everything were washed out. My only prayer now is for God to help us recover.”

Thankfully, your compassion has reached our kababayans in Bohol!

Your prayers and donation to Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, have helped the ministry conduct nonstop relief efforts to survivors of Typhoon Odette.

Norma and hundreds of families in Bohol received food bags, hygiene kits, and clean drinking water. Operation Blessing’s disaster response team, together with church partner Christ the Redeemer Evangelical Fellowship, also travelled by boat to reach our kababayans living in the island communities of Jandayan, Nasingin, and Pandanon in Getafe, Bohol.

You also helped us reach typhoon-affected families in Palawan!

In partnership with the local government units of Palawan, Port Barton Marine Park, Foursquare Church, and the 6th Civil Relations Group, Palawan – Civil Relations Service Armed Forces of the Philippines, Operation Blessing distributed food supplies to the residents of San Vicente and Roxas.

Many of them are depending on relief goods to survive, that’s why your gift of food supply and constant prayers matter a lot.

Help us help more!

Support our nonstop relief efforts by giving any amount through Operation Blessing’s website, through GCash (Operation Blessing), or through the following bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.:

Banco De Oro (BDO)

Peso Account: 003-000-055-279

Dollar Account: 103-000-11-3333

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Union Bank of the Philippines

Peso Account: 00-216-072163-9

Dollar Account: 13-216-000170-0

Swift Code: UBPHPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Account: 270-3-27050273-4

Dollar Account: 270-2-27000282-4

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

Peso Account: 3001-0040-33

For more information on how you can support our relief efforts, visit Operation Blessing’s Facebook page or contact 0939-921-5543 or 0918-906-7753.

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New Year, New Smile for Baby Jhorex

For first-time parents, a baby’s smile brings pure joy.

But when Pia and Alex saw their baby Jhorex, tears filled their eyes. Jhorex was born with cleft lip and palate – a condition where there’s an opening in the upper lip or the roof of the mouth.

“When I saw my son for the first time, I cried. I couldn’t accept his condition. I felt sorry for him,” Pia Jurado confessed. She spent sleepless nights blaming herself and their lack of money for his son’s condition.

Seeing Jhorex having a difficult time eating because of his condition, his father Alexis Campaner also worried about the future.

“What if people mock him when he grows up? Whenever I think of it, I would just cry,” he lamented.

Alex worked hard to save up for Jhorex’s cleft repair surgery. But no matter how hard they try to make ends meet, their family couldn’t afford it.

Pia reached out to hospitals – desperately looking for someone who could help their beloved son. Until they bumped into Edwin Luis, a concerned citizen.

“I was at the lobby of the hospital when I saw the mother carrying the child. I approached them and asked if I can post their picture, so other people can help too,” Luis narrated.

Thankfully, Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm came across Edwin’s post. Through Operation Blessing and the support of faithful partners, Jhorex received his first cleft lip and palate surgery in 2019. Even in the middle of the pandemic, he received the second surgery.

Once full of tears, his parents Alex and Pia are now full of gratitude for the blessing they received—the gift of smile for their son. Jhorex is now a happy, healthy, and full of vigor baby!

“Operation Blessing, I can’t explain how happy I am because you helped my child. Now I’ve got tears of joy!” Pia shared.

With or without pandemic, Operation Blessing continues its mission of bringing free medical care to our kababayans in need. Just recently, the ministry launched its state-of-the-art mobile clinic to make medical support more accessible to the most vulnerable.

You too, can take part in bringing more smiles to our kababayans!

Partner with Operation Blessing today and support our medical missions! You may give any amount through Operation Blessing’s website, through GCash (Operation Blessing), or through the following bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.:

Banco De Oro (BDO)

Peso Account: 003-000-055-279

Dollar Account: 103-000-11-3333

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Union Bank of the Philippines

Peso Account: 00-216-072163-9

Dollar Account: 13-216-000170-0

Swift Code: UBPHPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Account: 270-3-27050273-4

Dollar Account: 270-2-27000282-4

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

Peso Account: 3001-0040-33

For more information on how you can support, visit Operation Blessing’s Facebook page or contact 0918-906-7753.

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5 Money Habits to Practice this New Year

At the beginning of 2022, you are probably one of the many people who would want to kickstart the year with new goals for financial freedom.

So, if this is also your goal but still clueless about how to start your journey toward financial freedom this 2022, here are some practical money habits you should practice this new year:

1. Save up

Forbes Advisor, along with hundreds of financial experts, reminds that the habit of saving is one of the keys to successful personal money management.

Saving should be done regularly, not just when it is convenient or there is something left on your salary.

From your paycheck or any source of income, set a default portion of it for your savings. Once it is on your bank account, treat it as invisible money so you cannot spend it.

2. Track your expenses

Another habit to start this year is to keep a record of your expenses. Check where your money goes every month.

Depending on your preference, you may go with the traditional pen and paper listing process of expenses, or you may easily download money tracking apps.

Keeping a tab of your expenses can help you see your upcoming bills and prevent you from spending on unplanned purchases or lavish items.

3. Plan your purchases

Leave behind your impulsive add-to-cart habit during pay-day sales. Instead, this 2022, start sticking to your budget and spend on the things you planned to buy for your salary.

It does not mean that you will not buy new gadgets, clothes, or shoes. Rather, this habit means you will strategically spend depending on your planned purchases.

Investopedia emphasized in their article that knowing your needs and wants will help you achieve your financial success.

4. Pay off your debt

Be debt-free this 2022!

Keep a list of your existing debts and track your payment dates. After this, make a repayment plan for every debt you have.

In an article in CBNC about financial success, you may rank your debts by interest rate, or you may use the snowball method of prioritizing small debts first.

Whichever method you choose, the important thing is you commit to paying your debts.

5. Give and tithe

Two of the most overlooked habits towards financial success are giving to other people and tithing.

Tithing is setting aside a portion of your money to support Christian workers and the ministry of your church. Aside from this, you can also pay forward by helping people outside your churches.

When you give, you bless other people with what you have and let God pour new blessings onto your hands.

“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” (Luke 6:38 NLT)

Do you want to start blessing someone today? Begin a new money habit today!

Be our partner by donating to Operation Blessing. You may also support the entire CBN Asia Family of Ministries today.

5 Things to be Grateful for This 2021

2022 is almost here.

But before you flip your calendar to the new year, take a moment to pause and reflect on the things that happened in your life for the last year.

What are you thankful for this 2021?

For some, 2021 is a year of overflowing blessings, so there are lots of things to be grateful for. For other people, this year had been so challenging that they could not find anything to be thankful for.

If you are one of the people who can’t think of a reason to be grateful for 2021, it’s ok to feel this way. However, you may still find a reason to be grateful as the year ends with the things you already have.

Here is a list of the little, used to be unnoticed things you can be grateful for this 2021 despite any situation you are in:

1. Family

First on the list are the people who have always been there for you – your family. Psychology Today identified parents and the rest of the people you have in your life as one of the good starting points when finding reasons to be grateful for.

In an article by UNICEF, it is emphasized that as much as the pandemic has damaged everyone at some point, it also gave an opportunity to reunite with the people around them.

Through the connection with family, you develop emotional resilience as you go through the highs and lows of the year.

2. Home

In connection to this, you are blessed when you and your family still have a home to reside in. With numerous typhoons entering the Philippines, it being on a typhoon belt, having a house is something to be thankful for.

Your gratitude should not be anchored to the type of house you have. Whether you own a house or rent a place to live in, having a home is enough reason to be grateful.

Cherish every corner of your home and be thankful for the lasting memories you have there.

things to be grateful for new year

3. Health

According to the World Health Organization, millions of people have been infected with COVID-19. Being able to withstand the global pandemic is another great reason to be thankful.

Sometimes, you tend to overlook the blessing of being able to breathe properly with your lungs because of the threat of the virus.

Lots of people are fighting for their lives in hospital beds, while some have lost their battle due to certain illnesses, so appreciate your health today!

4. Safety

Being free from the harm of injury, danger, and loss is something most people tend to take for granted.

Safety nowadays is not just limited to security against crime offenders, but also against the virus. Having a safe home is something to be thankful for.

So, as the year ends, take some time to pray and be grateful for safety and security, not just for you but for the people around you.

5. New Year

You made it to the end of the year! That is the greatest blessing to be thankful for today.

2021 might not be the year of your breakthroughs, but your growth, resilience, and courage, to get through all the odds are good reasons to celebrate about this new year.

If you feel frustrated as the year ends, be reminded of Jesus’ Word in John 16:33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

Welcome 2022 with a hopeful heart knowing that Jesus has already overcome the world to save you!

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Devotionals

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What It Takes To Believe in God

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3you with unfailing kindness.

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The Fearless Life | God’s Word Today

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3

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What It Takes To Believe in God

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3you with unfailing kindness.

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The Fearless Life | God’s Word Today

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3