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October 20, 2017


Text by Maurine Proctor
Photography by Scot Facer Proctor Note from the Proctors:  This past two weeks we have been in the Philippines not only to cover the temple dedication of the Cebu City temple, but also to introduce you to a large segment of the Church—our Filipino brothers and sisters, many who suffer from profound poverty.  In our international reports and travels, we have often worked with organizations seeking to help the poor, but none has impressed us more than The Academy for Creating Enterprise for two reasons.

First, so many organizations who seek to do charitable works, unfortunately simply enlarge the problem, because they do not know the Lord’s way, which is to empower the people to help themselves.  This academy empowers people.  To use Yeat’s phrase, “Education is not the filling of buckets, but the lighting of fires.”

Second, the Academy specifically targets educating and mentoring returned missionaries with important business skills and an empowered mindset so that they can overcome poverty, and thereby be able to raise strong families and serve in the Church.

So many Meridian readers write us and ask how they can help our impoverished fellow Saints, the number of which will only grow as the gospel continues to spread through Africa, Asia and Latin America.  This is how.  You can read more at the website or click here to donate. Learn about the organization here in our report.