Unbound’s office building in Antipolo, Philippines.
A cake designed to look like the Unbound Antipolo office building.
As we reported in 2015, our program in Antipolo, Philippines, built a new office space and community center. The building project was a community effort, with fathers of sponsored children employed as construction workers, along with others from the local community, and several Antipolo alumni lent their expertise to the project.
The Unbound community in Antipolo recently held a celebration to bless the new building. Father Richard Magararu officiated the blessing, and several members from the community also offered their own prayers in Tagalog, the language spoken by many Filipinos.
Here are their prayers, along with an English translation.
Read the prayers
By Scott Wasserman, president and CEO of Unbound
As a community of peace and love, all of us at Unbound stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters affected by the violence Sunday at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom Assisted Living Center near Kansas City, just a few miles from the world headquarters of Unbound.
Three innocent people are dead. Their families and friends are forever impacted, and the entire community is searching for answers to a terrible act that can never be fully explained.
The fact that this heinous crime was committed on the eve of Passover and the beginning of Holy Week makes the outcome all the more painful.
While the attacks are considered a hate crime and took place at Jewish centers, this was an attack on all people of faith and good will.
Unbound works with people of all faiths throughout the world in a spirit of peace and unity. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of those who were killed, to the Jewish community and all who are threatened by violence because of their religious beliefs.
The Unbound family condemns this violence. We are praying for all who were impacted.
We received this message from our CFCA project in Antipolo, Philippines:
“We are thinking at this moment of the people, particularly our sponsors, in Texas. We have seen in the news the huge tornado that hit the state of Texas. We hope and pray our sponsors are safe.
Please know we keep them in our thoughts and prayers for their recovery as we understand how one feels when affected by calamity.
CFCA Antipolo Family
By the CFCA Prayer Team
Gracias Ö Salamat Ö Asante … Thank you. At CFCA, gratitude is expressed in many languages and for many reasons.
This Thanksgiving, we give thanks for the worldwide CFCA community: a spirited movement consisting of sponsored children, youth and elderly, their heroic families, generous sponsors and donors, courageous and dedicated field staff, committed employees and volunteers.
Thank you for your faith in our mission, for sharing your gifts and for walking with us as we build a better world that recognizes the dignity of all God’s children.
O God, look with compassion on the CFCA family; continue to unite us in bonds of love; lead us to accomplish your purposes on Earth so that all may share in your generous bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
CFCA Prayer Team
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Thank you, dear sponsors
By Sponsor Terrie Watkins
As so many of us, my daily life is hectic and distracting. When I received the invitation from CFCA for Prayer Partners, it sounded appealing. What I didn’t expect was that I would be so moved and impressed with the prayers.
They take me out of my daily “busyness” and bring me to a moment of reflection and communication with the Lord that is all too often neglected. It has provided a talking point with my family, as I can read the prayers at dinner and share the message. I am eagerly looking forward to continuing this communication. Thank you!
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