Good Morning from the Philippines!

We trust that all is well with you!  We are so excited by all that is happening here!  This update is full of links that will give you access to videos and information regarding what is happening at Gentle Hands!  Please contact us with any questions!

New Building

The addition is in the final stages of construction.  We are in the process of furnishing it and then renovating and adding a 4th floor to the old building {more about that below}!  We are so thankful for those who have partnered with us in continuing to rescuing and rehabilitating the poor of Manila!

We have posted 8 video blogs that between 1 and 2 minutes long, to give you an inside view of the building developments!  More coming next week!

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We are still in the process of renovating the current building. In addition to helping facilitate the current needs of Gentle Hands, we are also adding an additional 4th floor for the Graff’s residence. The BUILDING EXPANSION project went over, as most building projects sometimes do…so we are still lacking in all the funding for the renovating. Please consider giving towards this project. We are so excited to get into the new building and using it to its full capacity!

We get many questions regarding adoption and foster care through Gentle Hands.  We are in the process of developing a check list of action that will help you know what you need to do to become a “forever family” for children without one!  It should be ready in the next couple of weeks.  In the mean time, Charity has written an incredible blog regarding the challenge of the process of adoption from the perspective of those who love and work at Gentle Hands and children who are waiting to be adopted.   Check it out:



The story is horrific.  The details we have pieced together. Much Christians story is filled with pain and abuse.   Abandoned.  Beaten mercilessly by his mother, to the point of brain damage and physical crippling.  And then Charity found him.  And at Gentle Hands he found love.  The damage was too much and on the 14th of February he passed into eternity.  No more pain.  Trace was able to capture some of those moment. Precious moments in the last few of his young 9 year old life.  And Charity has written some of the story.  One thing we do know: that Charity showed this little boy the only love he knew on earth…she was his valentine.









Photo essay:
The Story:

For those of you who have committed to support the ministry of Gentle Hands or the Graff family through monthly giving or one time donations; or by gathering items we need constantly in order to ship them to us, or simply by praying…thank you.  You share in eternity’s reward.

If you are not partnering with us yet, would you consider being one of the following:
10 people who will commit to $100 a month
40 people who will commit to $50 a month
80 people who will commit $25 a month
100 people who will commit to $10 a month

Every amount is significant.  Especially when Jesus is the multiplier.  If you would like more information on how you can be involved in supporting us and/or the ministry of Gentle Hands, please let us know.


One last item.  We have been asked many times, what are the kinds of things we constantly need at Gentle Hands.  So we have compiled a short list of things that are needed below.  If you, or a group you are a part of would like to ship things, work with the items on this list.   Let us know if that is what you are intending to do and we can give you information on the most effective way to ship stuff to us!

For love of the poor,

Jonathan Heppner
Fund Developer
Gentle Hands


Gentle Hands Current Needs List

Stuff for the Children and Babies
Daily Needs
Onesies baby undershirts (especially sizes 0000 and 00000/preemie)
Cloth diapers
Receiving blankets
Baby wipes, baby powder, lotions
Diapers  – preemie pampers
Crib sheets
Diaper rash cream
Bed sheets
Thin blankets
Summer clothes

Bigger Needs
Air-conditioners (5 @ $1000)
High chairs (6 @ $50)
Special Infant Cribs (6 @ $200)

Medical Stuff
Daily needs
Antibiotic ointment
Hydro-cortisone cream
Anti-fungal cream
Children’s Tylenol
Children’s Vitamins
Telfa non-stick gauze

Bigger needs
Portable Oxygen tank
Microscope for labwork

Office Stuff
typewriter (yes it’s true! we still use these here!)
computer/laptop for social worker

Food & Personal Hygiene Items
canned goods of any kind
milk powder for babies

3 replies
  1. Megan Hildebrand
    Megan Hildebrand says:

    Hello from Friendly Manitoba. I am a friend of Tara and Blayne Wyton (Morden, MB) and they have been telling me all bout the work you do. I’ve been following you on Facebook. I am a small business owner (Florist/giftshop) and have been praying over a way to give back to and bless someone who needs it. Missions and needs of those outside our small community have always been on my heart, so when Tara introduced me to your organization, it was obvious how I could help. So, we are planning our first Charitable Event at our store, and have planned a clothing/needs drive for Gentle Hands, for the month of April. I will be in touch (or Tara will be) about specifics and shipping information. Be blessed in your work as you so greatly bless those around you.


  2. tracey heppner
    tracey heppner says:

    megan – this is so amazing!! thank you so much! will share the word about your awesome endevour to help out the wee ones here at Gentle Hands..

    god bless!

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