Him: “We’re from Germany. We joined Servants to Asia’s urban poor, an organization that helps the poor. This is also where we first met and fell in love. We’re doing this because we care about social justice and why some people are poor and others rich. We moved to Manila to show solidarity with the poor and even decided to live together with them.”

Her: “I didn’t think it was possible to find a husband who’d also be willing to live with the poor, so I gave up on finding a marriage partner. It was also a huge surprise for him to meet a woman who is also serious in joining doing this work. So we decided to get to know each other and got married a year and half year later. And after spending the first year and a half of married life in Germany, we moved to the Philippines to live with the poor while helping them.”

Him: “Both of us experienced the love and grace of God. And God loves the poor, the weak and underprivileged. So we, too, should show them love.”

Her: “I did a short term mission trip to the Philippines. I stayed a few days with a family in an urban poor community. I was impressed with how people could handle their lives well. For me they seemed to be happier than people in Germany. They were very caring and would even share things with me. The family did not expect me to give them money even though they lived in poverty. I could feel God’s love for them. So I decided that doing something is better that just staying at home and feeling sad for them.”

Him: “We try do build relationship with the people who live in this urban poor community. We would love to get to know their hopes and dreams, and help them to accomplish some of them to improve their lives. We do not want to be the rich donor who decides for them what is the best, but a partner and friend on their side. For now we focus on children because they are very open to us. Children in urban poor communities are often overlooked and really need someone to play with them or talk to them. So we do outings together, play together and give them an open ear. We want to get involved in their education, to make sure that they can finish school and establish their livelihood.”

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