Christian Woman Brings Hope To Her Drug And Crime Infested Neighborhood In Philippines

It was tough for Angelica Echivarre, a Christian woman to survive in a neighborhood infested with drugs and prostitution in the Philippines.

But this program teacher is inspiring her community and ushering in a change in the locality.

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Echivarre was raised in the notorious area of Lorega, but she received Christ at her local church and a ministry, Compassion International, which strives to take children out of poverty.

“I was found by Compassion as a hopeless young girl in the middle of a very dysfunctional community,” Echivarre said. “It was in Compassion where I learned to boost my confidence and practice my faith. Today, I am paying back by paying [it] forward.”

Pastor Davis of Cebu City Alliance Church said the community is changed now as the area which used to be filled with drug dealers, is now a safe place for children to play in the backyards and street.

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“Before, urban taxi driver will not come inside Lorega,” said Davis, whose oldest son benefited from being part of Compassion. “[Shootings] every day, but Lorega now is totally open with the gospel.”

Parents had no hope for their children in Lorega before, but now they are filled with a new purpose and hope for a brighter tomorrow.

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Echivarre serves as a Compassion program teacher at the Loving My Neighbor Student Center in Cebu City, where she was registered and grew up in the Lord years ago.

“I advocate for children, as I was once a child like them in the center, giving them hope in Christ just like what Compassion did for me,” she said. “I now lead my own cell group for a bunch of young people and [serve as] one of the core leaders in the youth ministry.”

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This true story of a young woman, Angelica Echivarre, who has become a beacon of light in the darkness of Lorega, reminds us that only through Christ we can truly have a bright and secure life. Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

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[Doing Good to All] Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. — Galatians 6:1 (NIV)

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