THE VERNA LINZEY CHILD CARE MINISTRY
“Empowering Children from Poverty in the Name of Jesus”
WHAT IS VLCCM
The Verna Linzey Child Care Ministry (VLCCM) is a Christian ministry
empowering vulnerable and impoverished children by attending to
their needs in the community. We organized the VLCCM to express the
love of God through an act of compassion and kindness to the most
vulnerable ones in the community. We express this concrete love by
providing a Christian learning center, hot meals and vitamins
at our nutrition centers, job skills and livelihood training
for their un-employed parents, and providing scholarship assistance
for impoverished children who actively demonstrate academic
The VLCCM is a non-denominational ministry. This children’s ministry is
named in honor of Verna M. Linzey, D.D., the highly-esteemed
Pentecostal pioneer and mother. Empowering and transforming children
by the power of the Holy Spirit is a vitally important part of her
legacy and ministry.
“Pure and undefiled religion before God and Father is this: to visit
orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted
from the world.”
WHY INVEST IN CHILDREN?
Philippine National Situation:
Twenty-eight percent of children under age five are severely or
underweight according to international standards (World Summit Goals
More than half of the 42,000 Barangays in the Philippines have no
for attending pre-schools. Only 19% of children 4 to 6 years old are
to go to public or private pre-schools.
More than 1/3 of the more than 42,000 Barangays in the country are
privileged to attend the required six years of elementary education.
49% of infants and 26% of children from 1 to 6 years old suffer
deficiency and anemia.
1.5 million Filipino children live on the streets. The Department
of Social Works
and Development estimates that this number annually increases by
Research show that one out of three Filipino children is abused
Bulletin, 11 February 1996). During the Fall of 1999 alone, 2,393
prey to rape, attempted rape, incest, and acts of lasciviousness or
(The Department of Social Works and Development, First Semester,
The VLCCM seeks to release children from poverty and empower them to
reach their highest potential in life.
Provide a safe and caring environment by providing a quality
Help children to discover God by instilling Biblical values within
Attend to the complex crises of vulnerable children in the
community or in rural
Seek to empower families of impoverished children with skills and
Provide educational scholarships for impoverished children who
Connect impoverished children with Jesus Christ through
Bible studies and fellowship.
Empower and enable impoverished children through healing and
WEEKLY AND MONTHLY ACTIVITIES
Day Care Center: In partnership with the community, the VLCCM
provides a quality education that empowers them with total
development: body, mind, and spirit. The Day Care Center of the
VLCCM offers pre-school, kindergarten one and two. The weekly
activities includes worship celebrations, value-oriented Bible
stories, dramas, and nutrition.
Nutrition Program. The nutrition program includes hot meals and
vitamins at our three local nutrition centers.
Skills & Livelihood Training Workshop. Since poverty is
characterized by massive un-employment, the VLCCM provides free
monthly training workshops for un-employed parents. This program
will equip them to start thriving small livelihood businesses to
earn adequate subsistence. Such ventures include making and selling
peanut butter, dishwashing liquid, balloons, and many other ideas.
Scholarship Assistance Program (SAP). Every summer, the VLCCM will
organize spelling bee competitions in the communities. This program
will encourage impoverished children to compete for scholarship
assistance to attend the VLCCM. At a higher level, SAP will motivate
low-income students to compete for assistance to attend Bible
Colleges. Recipients of this program will go through a process
involving interviews and recommendations from their pastors.
WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT CHILDREN
God has a special concern for children who are at risk (Exodus. 22:22)
God created children in His image. Therefore, no one must ever
exploit children or treat them as commodities (Genesis 1:26).
Jesus treated the children with great importance and value (Matthew
The Church as a community of faith must take responsibility to
provide, protect, and nurture children (Acts 6:1-7)
God is the God of the fatherless and orphans (Psalm 82:2)
Authentic spirituality demonstrates solidarity with vulnerable
children (James 1:27)
God’s judgment will visit those who abuse boys and girls (Joel
Twice a year, the VLCCM will publish its official newsletter “The
Voice of the Spirit” to reflect its current ministry and update
supporters of the VLCCM. The VLCCM publication will feature
testimonies of transformed lives. The publication will serve as an
advocate for the welfare of vulnerable children in the community.
The VLCCM publication will reflect the conditions in which
impoverished and abused children live.
VLCCM ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL
Reverend Joel A. Tejedo is a pastor to the rural areas of Northern
Philippines whose advocacy is to release children from poverty and
to empower them to reach their potential in life. He is a current
student of the post-graduate studies at Asia Pacific Theological
Seminary, Baguio City; and lectures at Luzon Bible College
(Binalonan, Pangasinan), Asia Bible College (Baguio City) and Go
Walk Mission Center (Binalonan, Pangasinan).
Carolyn Tejedo is wife and volunteer teacher at the Day Care Center.
Josie Reyes, is a volunteer teacher at Tabernacle of Grace Assembly
Benjie Bitao, a part-time children’s teacher of children, is
currently studying at Luzon Bible College
Verna M. Linzey, D.D., is a distinguished Pentecostal leader and
author who is highly esteemed for her fine contribution to the
understanding of Pentecostal theology, spirituality, and conviction
James F. Linzey, D.D., son of Dr. Verna Linzey, is a distinguished
major and chaplain in the US Armed Forces. He is the current
president of Operation Freedom, a ministry that brings military
personnel to Christ; and the president of the Military Bible
Association, which publishes and provides Bibles for the military
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Location: The island of Luzon, north of Manila,