Tar­lac City vil­lagers ben­e­fit from groups’ food pro­gram

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY REY­NALDO G. NAVALES Sun.Star Staff Reporter

TAR­LAC CITY— Some 400 res­i­dents in Barangay San Jose here re­cently re­ceived food pack­ages through the joint ini­tia­tive of Jonathan Joseph Foun­da­tion and Next Gen­er­a­tion In­ter­na­tional Chris­tian Church based in Makati City.

The two groups, who were with 20 vol­un­teers, gave out one pack of gro­ceries to each fam­ily.

Pas­tor John Gar­cia, Se­nior Pas­tor of Next Gen Church, led the dis­tri­bu­tion of food pack­ages and the giv­ing of in­spi­ra­tional mes­sages to the res­i­dents.

The food pack­ages con­sist of ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties such as rice, gro­cery items, canned goods and snacks were dis­trib­uted dur­ing the Food for the Good: Food Drive 2017 that co­in­cides the launch­ing of Next Gen­er­a­tion In­ter­na­tional Chris­tian Church-San Jose.

Jonathan Joseph Foun­da­tion Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mari­cel Su­nio said the foun­da­tion is cre­ated “to re­flect God’s love by help­ing un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren and fam­i­lies with ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties such as food, aid, cloth­ing, health­care, love and sup­port for them to live a com­fort­able and happy life.”

“Our ul­ti­mate goal is to cre­ate a path­way for chil­dren to fol­low, pur­sue, and ac­com­plish their dreams and goals. By guid­ing, in­spir­ing, and by em­pow­er­ing kids, this will pro­vide them the fun­da­men­tals to make pos­i­tive, in­flu­en­tial de­ci­sions,” Su­nio stressed.

Jimly Manalo, a re­cip­i­ent of the food pack­aces, ex­pressed grat­i­tude to the church and the foun­da­tion for the food pack­ages and hot meal ca­ter­ing.

NextGen Founder and Se­nior Pas­tor John Gar­cia lauded the foun­da­tion for its sup­port and gen­eros­ity in help­ing the com­mu­nity to grow spir­i­tu­ally.

“We plan to es­tab­lish more branches in Ori­en­tal Min­doro, Pam­panga and Baguio af­ter the launch­ing of our first branch in Tar­lac City,” Gar­cia noted.

Founded in 2009, NextGen Church is an evan­ge­lis­tic, bi­ble-based and Christ-cen­tered church that aims for ex­treme kind­ness which is the trade­mark of Je­sus Christ.

The res­i­dents of Barangay San Jose were the first ben­e­fi­ciary of this event in Lu­zon.

The donors also plan to do­nate com­put­ers to schools stat­ing that ed­u­ca­tion is an in­te­gral part in the life of the chil­dren. The Jonathan Joseph Foun­da­tion and the Next Gen­er­a­tion In­ter­na­tional Church stated that they came into part­ner­ship “to bring joy to the com­mu­ni­ties of God.”

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