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Saturday
Nov122016

OFFL Director Vaki Calls for Unity at Bomana

12 November, 2016

‘Uniting of believers for God’s calling’ was ex-convict turned church Elder and PNG Operation Food for Life (OFFL) Director Philip Vaki’s spiritual message today at the Papua New Guinea’s Bomana Prison Minimum Security Unit (MSU).

Relatives of prisoners joined today with OFFL volunteers to take lead in the church service at the Bomana Prison MSU. OFFL Director Philip Vaki urged all prisoners to unite through Jesus Christ and that God’s calling was now. Church Service was followed by the usual physical feeding of the prisoners with fresh watermelon, pawpaw, banana, juice, and ice-cream. The prisoners’ daily diet is hard biscuit for breakfast and boiled brown rice with tinned-meat for lunch and dinner and as such it was evident that Bomana prisoners look forward to this treat.

In 2016 Bomana has had up to 50 female prisoners, 105 male at MSU, and 435 at the Main Unit making a total of 590 prisoners at one time. Prison ministries continues to make a major impact as it was recently found that 218 prisoners have found God over the last 10 years, partially as a result of the ongoing OFFL Prison ministry.

Steven & Esther Matainaho

 

PNG OFFL Director Philip Vaki sharing the word of God to prisoners and family members.

 

 OFFL volunteer Mrs. Vaki sharing bananas with prisoner friends.

OFFL’s Born Free Sanctuary children and relatives of prisoners distributing fruits to prisoners.

Sunday
Nov062016

Meet Two of the Operation Food for Life Born Free Sanctuary Children

Here are 2 stories of the 28 children cared for lovingly in a family
home setting at the OFFL Born Free Sanctuary in Port Moresby. Without the
Sanctuary all the children would face a very uncertain future.

 

Meet Marida age 14 (in blue school uniform) Marida comes from a broken home.
Her mother/grandmother found it very difficult indeed to provide for her and
other siblings. Jean (Daughter of Phillip and Maureen Vaki) found her at
school and befriended her by sharing her lunch and brought her to the
Operation Food for Life Born Free Sanctuary. Marida now has her own room and
bed. She is a Pioneer of the Sanctuary and has been living with the
Operation Food for Life family of God for 4 years. Marida is a top student
in school and wants to be a Pilot when she grows up. She jokes and says
"Attention please this is Captain Marida who will take you on Flight PX101
to your next destination, please fasten your seat belts and enjoy your
flight".

Meet Helen age 15 (in yellow and purple uniform). Her dad died when she was
5 and this made it very difficult for Helen's family to be adequately cared
for. Helen while growing up always prayed to God to provide a way for her to
go to school, a new home and a family that would care and love her. God
answered her prayer and she was brought to the Operation Food for Life Born
Free Sanctuary which she now calls home, has loving care from her new
Sanctuary parents and is going to school and has 3 meals a day. Helen wants
to be a School Teacher.     
  

Loving care and a good education are the keys to being a valuable and
contributing member of society in the future.

Phillip and Maureen Vaki - PNG Directors Operation Food for Life

Thursday
Sep012016

Official Opening of the Operation Food for Life Born Free Sanctuary

The Official Opening of the Operation Food for Life Born Free Sanctuary was held earlier
this week in Port Moresby, PNG.
A Great programme was presented giving God the praise and also
appreciative remarks to all donors, advocates and prayer warriors who made
this fantastic facility possible. Young people in need are being lovingly
cared for in this remarkable place. 

 

 

 

 

Sunday
Aug142016

Operation Food for Life Junior Ambassadors

 

We are proud to introduce you to Junior Ambassadors Lara Hawkins and Olivia Morton.

Today Dennis Perry presented both a OFFL Certificate of Appreciation for their exciting innovative fund raising venture which will benefit children at risk, who live at the OFFL Born Free Sanctuary in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Lara and Olivia have painted eye catching designs on casual shoes which will play an important part in their fund raising endeavors.

Visit their Facebook page, Little Hand Creations for more information. https://www.facebook.com/Little-Hand-Creations-1650452248611675

And a huge note of appreciation from all the children at the Sanctuary who will directly benefit from their fund raising initiatives.

 

 

Thursday
Jul282016

Operation Food for Life providing breakfast for school children in Papua New Guinea

Thank you Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing Company for providing healthy and
delicious portable breakfasts for children, from a poor village who attend
our Operation Food for Life Rob and Jan Patterson Literacy School in Port
Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Our PNG Directors Phillip and Maureen Vaki were
on hand to serve the children Sanitarium Weet-Bix Go Breakfast Biscuits to
many very happy and excited children. When asked to thank Sanitarium.....
......."no the children said with big smiles....... it's Sanitariu.....yummm!"

 


Explore our Website to read more amazing projects Operation Food for Life is engaged in.

Thursday
Jul282016

Continuing original purpose for Operation Food for Life (OFFL)

Just a few days ago the OFFL team paid a regular visit to the main rubbish dump for Port Moresby to distribute food and talk to families that live on and around that site. 

The plight of people living on and around rubbish dumps in some of the main towns and cities of the Pacific Island countries was the original inspiration for the establishment of OFFL to help provide all forms of support and care. 

We remain committed to our original purpose amongst the varied areas of care we now provide.

Photos follow:

Saturday
Jun182016

Transforming the Abandoned into Abundant Love - The story of young Elijah June 9, 2016


Meet Elijah Dickson aged 13 years old of Oro and East New Britain parentage who was abandoned by his father and found sleeping on a cold pavement in front of the Bank of South Pacific at Boroko, Port Moresby.

Less than a week ago, Elijah was sighted by a Good Samaritan who, knowing about Operation Food for Life’s (OFFL) Born Free Sanctuary, made a call to Director OFFL Philip Vaki to pick this child up. Elijah was picked up at 9.30pm and brought to the Born Free Sanctuary where he was given a warm shower, new clothes to wear, a hot meal to eat, and a clean bed to lay his head for the night.

The next day Elijah told of his plight to Philip Vaki that he couldn’t attend school because he didn’t have a school uniform. Elijah explained that as a result he came looking for his father who had in fact abandoned his mother and other sibling a week ago. Elijah wanted to find his father for money to buy a new school uniform however the father was nowhere to be found in the city. With no bus-fare to go back home, Elijah ended up sleeping in front of the Bank.

Deeply touched by the plight of young Elijah, OFFL Director Philip Vaki took Elijah the next day to the shop where he bought Elijah a pair of school uniforms. Interestingly on that same day, OFFL was scheduled to visit prisoners at Bomana’s MSU Prison with 100 Grade 3 and Grade 5 student volunteers from the Koiari Park Adventist Primary School. Elijah ended up volunteering to be part of that visit in which he truly enjoyed and was richly blessed as he served nutritious fruits and gave out toiletries. 


 

Saturday
Jun112016

Born Free Sanctuary Finished and Occupied

In mid May 2016 the project was completed for providing accommodation for the large number of children now under the care of the the Vaki Family in Port Moresby in Papau New Guinea. See the following pictures showing the finishing stages and furnishing of the new rooms.

 

 

 

Sunday
May012016

Report from Team Member Jim Hawkins on the ground now in Port Moresby

"Feel Soooooo excited to be able to see the completion of the Sanctuary
Project here in Port Moresby today. A place for disadvantaged, unwanted kids
to soon call home. 12 months ago this was a dream for the team at Operation
Food for Life, through so many generous donations from many of you which we
are extremely grateful this is now reality. 30+ kids No longer will be
living in tents & pallet humpies but a home which is dry, safe & a place
they will be loved. Amazingly blessed Project which could see hundreds of
kids' lives changed & have a future".


Wednesday
Apr272016

Mr Philip Ruddock MP continues as our much appreciated Australian Patron

The Hon Philip Ruddock MP is our much appreciated Australian Patron for Operation Food for Life. As the current longest serving Member of the  Australian Parliament it is a great honour to have his valuable support. 
Shortly he will retire from the Australian Parliament after serving for 42 years...the second longest Member of Parliament in history and take up a new role as Special Envoy for Human Rights. Mr Ruddock has been a very active advocate for Operation Food for Life and has been very pleased to write a message of support for Operation Food for Life which is copied below. He will continue to be our Patron.