June 14, 2013

Our Life's Purpose is to Serve

When the group of Filipino travel bloggers chose this theme for this month, my heart was glad. I must admit, I love this theme and it fits the purpose of my life and of this blog.

Service. Ministry. Mission trips. These things are worth your life. In today's world, I can see that it's seldom to find genuine people who offer loving service to others. Yet, others who live simple lives, even amidst adversities, are making a difference in their own sphere of influence.

As a nursing student in Bukidnon, I have been to many mission trips. I can't help but reminisce the moments when we visited a Manobo tribe in Valencia and a school for the lumads in Sto. Domingo.

The Klement Backpacking and Ministry last year in Thailand and Cambodia was a blast! We visited the sick at Bangkok Adventist Hospital, we even serenaded them and prayed for them. In Cambodia, we visited Wat Preah Yesu orphanage in Siem Reap and gave food and slippers to the little ones.

The team offered a special song to the little children in the orphanage.

The team taught the children action songs and praise songs.

A box of milk, a pair of slippers, and countless smiles.

These little acts of kindness and love are of much value to them.

I am also happy that in my home province, Leyte, many kindhearted people are making a difference.

I was privileged to be invited as the health education speaker during the community outreach in one of the barangays in Ormoc. The outreach consisted of a free eye check-up, free blood pressure check-up, free medicines, health education seminars, and a feeding program.

Feeding program

Free eye check-up

Free blood pressure check-up

Just recently, we organized a medical mission in Javier-- a town one to two hours away from Tacloban. My high school Alma Mater's alumni association together with the local government's medical team led this event which catered the medical needs of more than a hundred people in the communities around East Visayan Adventist Academy.

Many lined up to receive their share of free medicines.
Photo by: Noel Jun Linganay

"How's my blood pressure?"
Photo by: Noel Jun Linganay

Time for immunization.
Photo by: Noel Jun Linganay

The Doc is in and on the move.

Explore and serve.
Photo by: Noel Jun Linganay

In the Bible, Jesus Christ once said in Matthew 25 : 35, 36, 40--

For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. . . . And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Ellen G. White adds,

It is the design of God that we should all glorify Him by using every capability as His, regarding His service as the chief end of our existence. He desires us to work to the utmost of our knowledge and power to carry out the purpose for which he has given us life.

Our life has a purpose-- to serve and minister to the needs of others. 

Like Selfless Travels' tagline: Travel More. Inspire Others. And Make a Difference.

This is my entry to the Pinoy Travel Bloggers' Blog Carnival for June 2013
with the theme "Travel with a Cause"
hosted by Grasya Bangoy of This Grasya on the Road.

 For previous Pinoy Travel Bloggers' Blog Carnival topics, click here.


  1. Keep up the good work! This is amazing....


    1. Thank you so much, Little Miss Honey! :)

  2. It's nice to see you helping people out in some of your sorties. It's really admirable.

    1. Thank you, Franc! Yeah, this is my passion and I love helping and serving the people who are in need. :)

  3. Giving service to others is a different aspect of traveling which must be considered by us as we go along discovering places.

    1. Hello Teresa! Thank you for dropping by! Yeah, you are right. It pays to help the needy in the places that we explore. :)