by Louise Joachimowski, Creative Resources Officer
Spending a month working in the Philippines always has its ups and downs. There’s been tropical storms, ferry cancellations, lack of internet and extremely bumpy car rides getting lost in remote villages! But through the challenges, the thing that makes it all worth it are the people we meet.
We’re here to find the nominations for this year’s ICM Awards – participants, pastors and staff who have seen outstanding transformation over the past year.
We’re traveling to seven different bases, interviewing as many people as we can, and the stories I have heard over the past month are each astounding. I have had people open up and share things that they have never told anyone else before, men and women in tears, telling me that ICM has brought so much hope into their lives.
What an incredible privilege to witness this all first-hand. These heroic people constantly inspire me to never give up, to make the best of every situation, and that tomorrow can be better than today. Sometimes to us, the change that happens after ICM’s Transform program can look small. We think: “they’re still poor”, and we can struggle to see the difference that our program makes.
But the people I have met over the past month have shown me that just a little injection of hope, coupled with some fine-tuned training and a group of supportive friends, can be the first step on the long journey of transformation.
ICM Transform education – www.caremin.com/our-work/transform
ICM Hong Kong Banquet – www.caremin.com/events/hkbanquet