The Mayhugh Newsletter
exciting, painful, exhausting, joyful and
almost any other adjective you can think of.
Even if you were well acquainted with ICM’s
work in the past, you could be confused with
what we’re now up to. Even some of our
partnering pastors are having a challenge
It’s been a while since our last newsletter and catching up with our new programs. The
we have lots to share. One reason for the easiest way to understand is by visiting
delay is we’ve been contemplating what the http://caremin.com then click on ‘Programs’.
new year will hold for us. We’ve now made But if you need a quick summary, it’s VHL:
plans to go back to Hong Kong in late Values, Health and Livelihood. All of our
January for a few months. We’re hoping our community-based programs now include our
time in Hong Kong will allow us to take a bit new VHL curriculum. Every week each
of a break and reconnect with our supporting
church. Daniel will be able continue to
maintain his role as director of livelihood
You may be wondering if our family has had
a recent addition. In our last newsletter we
were hoping to be matched with a baby for
adoption around August. Although we
thought we were ready it turned out not to
be. We’ve recently found out that some
changes are being made to the Philippine law recipient receives 1 and a half hours of
in order to make adoptions more simple. practical teaching in these areas. Even
Until those though we are just 4 months into our new
changes are programs, I can honestly say that the vast
made our case majority of our recipients love our new VHL
has been put curriculum. It’s simple yet practical teaching
on hold. which helps them to improve their day to day
never easy we
We’ve adopted and slightly modified a local
course called Discover. It has similarities
having a new
with the Alpha course, and is a basic
baby would not
introduction to what Christianity is all about.
have been easy
We think this will be a better fit with our
community development approach and look
busyness of the
forward to hearing feedback on it in the
last 6 months.
future. Pastor Dan Mijaris, from Bacolod, is
the new Director of Values.
a little difficult to find, we don’t expect that
there will be a matching within the next few
months. If we hear matching’s have
resumed, we’re prepared to return early from
New ICM & Logo (above)
It was just over 6 months ago that ICM
began refocusing its vision. It’s been intense,
VHL: Health of course our Bohol staff party. This
ICM is now teaching a UN standard year Anna decided to cash in on the
primary health curriculum. Again, festive mood and has been baking
we’ve modified it slightly to better cookies to order for the staff. What
serve our clients. Helen Turner, started as a fun idea quickly turned
from Australia, is the new Director into a business and we now have
of Medical. 200+ cookies to bake in the last week
before Christmas. With an unreliable
Daniel’s many roles… oven that can only bake 18 at a time,
As we mentioned in our last we’re not yet decided if ‘Anna’s
newsletter, Daniel had just been Cookies’ will return after the holidays.
asked to be the national director of Another opportunity Anna has had
livelihood. In these 6 month, he co- this year is to help our friends from
wrote (with a lot of help from Unbroken International
Malcolm Wood) 3 versions of our (www.unbrokeninternational.org) to
livelihood curriculum. The shorter buy Christmas gifts for disadvantaged
version, for Uplift, has had around 6 or 7 kids. Using money raised in the US we were
rewrites, because we are learning so much. able to buy presents for 37 children and
Daniel’s been able to travel to each of the 5 teenagers at a local orphanage. We look
bases at least twice in the last 6 months and forward to delivering them next week.
he learned a lot: both the good and the bad.
Fortunately, those who received our 1st Hong Kong help
edition still have many success stories. We are looking forward to catching up with
One of Daniel’s other roles is managing the many friends and family while in HK. We are
Uplift and Leader Care programs in Bohol. still looking for accommodation for our time
As great as it’s been to gain firsthand
experience of our programs, he’s realized he
can’t do all of his roles adequately. So this
past month he’s been training 1 of his staff to
oversee the Uplift program.
Last month we had the opportunity to meet a
new ICM volunteer photographer. Brian there, so if you know anywhere we can
visited Bohol for a weekend to take some housesit / rent for a low price or even for free
pictures of the people who ICM works with. please contact us. As of now we’re not sure
He took some really great shots which can be how long we’ll be there but we expect
seen at: between 1-3 months.
If you want to get an idea of who we work Website?
with then take a look. Some of you may have noticed that our
website has been down. And that’s because it
Christmas Time no longer exists. With Facebook and our
Although in the personal blogs, we realized our website
Philippines Christmas wasn’t getting much of our attention so we
preparations begin in decided not to renew it and save ourselves
September (it’s the $100. For those not yet on Facebook, sorry.
first ‘ber’ month) it’s We hope these newsletters will keep you
just been the last few updated.
weeks that everything
at ICM has been Contact
feeling festive. You can Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
see our photos from email@example.com
the various preschool Phone: +(63)918-47-65-305
Christmas parties and Mail: 181E St. Joseph Village, Dampas,
Tagbilaran City, Bohol 6300, Philippines