Dream Quest International

NEWSLETTER FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2021

I. BIBLE STUDY ON THE BOOK OF REVELATION.

This Bible Study on the book of Revelation started last year due to the fact that a lot of questions were being asked about the end times since the pandemic began. This was being done every Wednesday afternoon at the residence of Ptr. Mark Cadilo. When December came, this schedule was interrupted since there was a lot of things to transfer from the old office to the new location. This year however this Bible Study was resumed on January 13, 2021 (every Wednesday at 2:00 in the afternoon) at the new office. This is open to all and if you are interested to join, you are most welcome.

This photo was taken last January 27, 2021 at DQI/LLC during this closing prayer of the book of Revelation Bible study led by Sis. Kristina Cadilo.

 

II. ANNUAL PLANNING AND EVALUATION FOR LEADERS AND VOLUNTEERS LAST JANUARY 17, 2021.

We praise and thank God for more than fifty youth leaders and young professionals who joined the annual planning and evaluation last January 17, 2021. It was not only an informative meeting as the vision, mission and core values of Dream Quest International and LifeLite Community were reviewed but it was also a good time to revisit God’s faithfulness since Rev. Dennis Koh and his wife started the pioneering work here in Tacloban City and reminisce God’s favor over the past five years when new leadership was put in place.

All the staff were present and were given time to share the essence of discipleship and the process by which we can effectively reach out to others. Our Student Sponsorship Program was highlighted as this is a truly unique strategy given by God to DQI/LLC in connecting with various schools so we can fulfill His great commission. As a result of this program, we now have sixteen (16) active LifeGroups and it is our target goal to double this number by 2022 by the grace of God. Lastly, we were all reminded to be faithful in attending our lifegroups and a challenge was given to the youth leaders to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit so they too can start their own lifegroups.

 

III. PRAYER AND FASTING ON JANUARY 25-29, 2021.

Prayer and fasting have always been good way to start the year. It helps us to focus our attention to the things that really matter in life and that is to seek God, to spend time with Him, to immerse ourselves in His presence and to simply listen to His Word.

LifeLite Community had its yearly prayer and fasting last January 25-29, 2021 and the culmination of this event in the afternoon of January 29 was really meaningful. It was attended by eighteen young people who shared the highlight of their experiences throughout the week and how the Lord gave them the strength whenever they were
tempted not to continue with the fasting. It was indeed a beautiful night of singing songs for the Lord, giving praises for daily victories and offering our prayers as a church.

 

IV. THANKSGIVING VIDEO RELEASED ON JANUARY 28, 2021.

We would like to thank once again all our local and foreign donors who gave and prayed so that we can finally move
to our new home. We are pleased to present to all of you our “Thanksgiving Video” as our token of appreciation for your generosity and support. This video was released last January 28, 2021.

 

V. PERSONS DEPRIVED OF LIBERTY (PDL) AND DREAM QUEST PARTNERSHIP.

Hebrews 13:3 says continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. 

We praise God for giving us another opportunity to stay connected with the Persons Deprived of Liberty at Tacloban City Jail – Female Dorm. Last January 28, 2021, Bro. Joel went to the Bureau to hand-over more than 50 pieces of reusable face mask and some used clothing for them to use in making doormats and potholders.

With the little act of love, we are able to help them as we purchase and resell their products. We are not only helping them but we are also able to raise some fund for our Student Sponsorship Program as part of the income goes to this program.

For those who are interested to donate used clothing and buy rugs from PDL, contact us through this number: 09173056146.

 

VI. WITNESSING BLITZ ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

The last day of January was very meaningful as twenty young people decided to share the Gospel on a Sunday afternoon. By groups, the went to four location from City Hall, RTR, Magsaysay, to Rizal Park, in order to share the Good news. Forty three (43) people accepted Christ and they were invited to join our church. Their contact numbers were asked so they can be followed-up. They were also thankful to received the customized face masks from CRU as a reminder of the day that they came to know God more.

One of our young people said that personally I felt excited and nervous at the same time. Along the way, as a group we faced rejection yet we still continued to look for someone who would really listen to us. In the middle of the sharing, it rained, so we have to stop and find shelter. Then we continued sharing again and praise God they accepted Christ into their lives. We don’t know the intention of their hearts wether they truly accepted Christ or not, but it is God’s work to complete what we have planted in them. But when we asked them if they understood or if there was something they did not understand they responded well. They even asked us for our church building location so praise God indeed for this wonderful experience (John A. Tamayo, 21 years old).

It is our prayer that we would be able to do this as a church every month as we are not only obeying Christ’s last command but as we share our faith to others, that more that we grow bolder and more in love with God.

 

VII. FUND RAISING ACTIVITY FOR OUR STUDENT SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM THROUGH HUMAN NATURE PRODUCTS.

We are thankful to God for another opportunity He has given us to raise funds for our Student Sponsorship Program. One of our local sponsors who is the distributor of Human Nature Products blessed us with the opportunity to sell their products and gave us a 10% rebates from the total sales. This in turn helps us raise a little amount to support our program in supporting our students in their education.

 

DQI Highlights February to May 2020

FEBRUARY

DQI organized a Spoken Word Poetry Contest with a theme, “Love Ran Red” on February 14, 2020. The above photo was taken after the ten contestants (students from the various schools in the city) received their awards.

Ms. Liezle Labine, a youth leader and a 5th year SPSPS Accountancy student shared her love story to 130 students and how the Lord redeemed her from being broken to whole again. She challenged the youth to fully surrender the control of their lives to God.

A group photo with all the participants after the “Love Ran Red” Spoken Word Poetry friendly competition.

 

MARCH

AGAPE VALUES Program in School

DQI Team posed with CRMNHS Teachers after the AGAPE Values Sessions for Grade 10 students last March 03, 2020.

Through our partnership with Department of Education (DepEd) Tacloban City Division, DQI was able to facilitate Character Building Formation dubbed as AGAPE Values Sessions among Grade 10 students in Cirilo Roy Montejo National High School (CRMNHS). The said sessions were done twice a week for an hour starting last March 3 but was cut short due to community lockdown imposed by the government on the 20th of March. Overall, we were able to conduct 6 sessions covering a total number of 343 students. The photos that follow were taken during the actual sessions simultaneously conducted among the Grade 10 students.

 

 

We praise God for raising more youth volunteers to help us do the work that God is leading us to do. He is truly awesome and forever faithful!

A photo of our dedicated and passionate youth volunteers who sacrificially offer their time, talent and effort to mentor other students.

 

We thank God for the opportunity that we were able to extend help to our community through our barangay health emergency response team (BHERT) during the enhanced community quarantine last March 26, 2020.

 

APRIL

Take a look at our weekly online life groups which started last April. We thank and praise God that despite the locked down due to CoViD-19 pandemic, we were still able to connect with each other through online life groups.

 

MAY

More online life groups conducted on a weekly basis during this month due to government’s imposed restriction within the city. 

 

Church Planters receiving their monthly support.Praise God for the continued partnership of DQI and Touching Young Lives International (TYLI) who never fails fails to support ten selected local church planters in the region. Thank you TYLI for your monthly support to our local church planters.

 

 

130 households received food packs from DQI.

We praise God for the 130 households who received the food packs during the lock down due to COVID-19 pandemic. The said distribution was conducted last May 11-16, 2020. The recipients were students and their families under our Student Sponsorship Program (SSP) and members of LifeLite Community.

“I am very thankful to DQI and for all the sponsors for the food pack they gave to my family.  It is but a real joy to receive such blessing specially this time where it is hard to earn money for our everyday needs. It may be little but a huge help to us already. I hope that God will continue to use DQI to reach out and help more people in our city. Thank you and God bless! -Erik Mil (2nd Year College)

 We want to thank all our international and local partners for the generous support extended to us in this endeavor. Please share in our joy through some of the pictures attached in this report . To God be all the glory!

Thank you so much and God bless you more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leadership Seminars at LNHS and MNHS

 

Seminars on leadership were conducted to students at Leyte National High School (LNHS) and Marasbaras National High School (MNHS) last June 19, 2019 and was participated by 160 students from both schools along with Mr. Shane Ty  (a visionary and a businessman) who invited his former University Professor Mr. Renato Jose Ma. V. Molano who is a recognized national speaker in the area of youth leadership.

 

 

DQI Highlights January to December 2019

Here are some memorable stories and important events that happened all throughout January to September this 2019. –

 

JANUARY 

DQI Volunteers posed for a picture during the Relief Operation in Northen Samar to help the victims of massive flooding brought about by Tropical Depression Usman. (January 2019).

 

DQI went to Northen Samar (Calbayog, Lope de Vega and Catarman) to distribute relief goods to selected beneficiaries.

 

FEBRUARY

Bro. Tots & Dr. Kae Portula shared their experiences on love and relationships. Our SSP students learned how to put God & studies as their top priorities in life. (February 2019).

 

True Love Waits (TLW) a campaign we do at DQI every February to help students understand the true nature of love and help them avoid engaging in risky behaviors. (Feb. 2019).

 

MARCH

Ps. Delson Gompad of Tacloban Christian Church shared on the importance of being part of a Life group last March, 2019.

 

Group picture with our with main speaker, Mr. Shane Ty along with his wife Joyce, March 2019.

 

APRIL

Bro. Jotham Tan, a student from Singapore shared on the topic Defeating Life’s Insecurities to SSP Students. (April 2019).

 

Group photo with SSP students and youth vounteers together with Bro. Jotham Tan.

 

MAY

DQI donated cash to CRMNHS in support to the program Brigada Eskwela which enables the school to prepare for the opening of the school year. (May 2019).

 

DQI donated cash to MNHS in support to the program Brigada Eskwela which enables the school to prepare for the opening of the school year. (May 2019).

 

JUNE

Bro. Melvin Catado, a college student from LNU and one of our DQI Volunteers shared to our SSP students the value of helping one another and appreciating differences. (June 2019).

 

JULY

SSP Orientation and Launching at MNHS with parents, students and faculty members. The said event helped everyone appreciate the purpose of the program. (July 2019).

 

SSP Orientation and Launching at CRMNHS with parents, students and faculty members. The said event helped everyone understand the purpose of the program. (July 2019).

 

AUGUST

Bro. Joel Lucero and Bro. Norman Wong (Singaporean) visited one of the families of our SSP student. DQI conducts visitation to reach out to their families. (August 2019).

 

 

DQI conducted a community outreach at Brgy. Pilit, Sta. Fe, Leyte last August 26, 2019. Chidren enjoyed fun games, action songs, and snacks.

 

Over 100 students from various schools in Tacloban City joined our Youth Alive 4.0 last August 31, 2019. Students enjoyed fun outdoor games, music, food and friendship.

 

SEPTEMBER

SSP funtime every 1st Saturday of the Month where students enjoy active games. (September 2019).

 

SSP students enjoying fun games and learning new songs during SSP Life-Coaching Sessions every week. (September 2019).

 

Bro. Mark Cadilo shared to the SSP students about the importance of having the Right Attitude of a Leader. (September 2019).

 

OCTOBER

147 Students all over the city participated last October 26, 2019 in our annual Sportsfest.

 

They enjoyed a whole day of fun and active sports activities.

 

NOVEMBER

SSP students responding to the message shared by Arch. Kristina Cadilo, “Soaring Above Your Situation.” This was taken at DQI Student Center last Nov. 09, 2019.

 

Photo with Mrs. Joy Angelyn Estudillo-Deppen,a registered nurse in the USA who came to share her “Secret to a Successful Career and Life” last Nov. 16, 2019.

 

Photo with Ms. Samantha Lorraine Chan, Managing Director for Greenwich. She encouraged the students that our motivation in doing good work should be anchored in God (Nov. 23, 2019).

 

DECEMBER

Bro. Gideon Ren, a Singaporean teacher shared to our SSP students the “Importance of Knowing our Priority” as it produces discipline, character, competence and leadership. This photo was taken last Dec. 07, 2019.

 

Bro. Bob shared “Christmas Unwrapped” to the parents of our SSP students last Dec. 7, 2019.

 

Sis. Lisa Chan-Ty, last Dec.14, 2020 shared about the “True Meaning of Christmas” to our SSP students. Through her message, they understood clearly the love of the Father for His children.

DQI Highlights January to December 2018

Stories and important events that happened all throughout January to December this 2018

JANUARY 

 

Every after session, SSP students are divided into groups based on their grade level. These groupings are led by our DQI volunteers with some set of follow-up questions to be discussed within the group to ensure learning and understanding of the topic shared on that particular meeting (January 05, 2018).

DQI Highlights December 2017

Impact Life Church from Singapore visited Tacloban City once again (December 03 – 07, 2018) to conduct week-long mission trip activities in the villages, prison and schools in partnership with DQI. A number of families received a pack of groceries and used clothings.

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