Originally Posted 23 April 2006
Ms Louise Lynip is a remarkable woman by any standards, trained as a nurse in New York State in the late 1930's and sent to the Philippines in 1940 to work in a Baptist Missonary Hospital located in Malaybalay in the mountain province of Bukidnon on the island of Mindanao.Working mainly with malnourished children of the indigenous people of the area. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbour the Japanese Imperial army invaded the Philippines and the young Ms Lynip along with another missionary family fled to the mountains to escape capture by the Japanese.
The small group were eventually evacuated by submarine and deposited in Australia before eventually going back to the USA.
After the war finished Ms Lynip returned to the Philippines to continue nursing and missionary work. In 1950 she travelled to the town of Talakag and established the first childrens home in an area donated by the local people for that purpose. Due to the number of orphaned as well as abandoned children resuting from the war the original home soon became too small.
The present site named Sugar Creek after a popular novel of the time was founded. Today Sugar Creek comprises two elements, the upper site houses the accomodation facilities called cottages and the lower site houses the elementary/high school facility.
Over the years funding has come from many sources such as the Baptist communities in the USA, private subscribers etc.
The funds are divided into three groups (1) Daily needs such as food, clothing and toiletries etc, (2) Educational requirements, toys and recreational. (3) Infrastructure updating, salaries and longer term needs.
As you can imagine running a facility like Bethany requires continuous funding as well as personal commitment if you require additional information concerning the home look up www.bethany-ph.cjb.net
Other ways of helping Bethany is to send childrens clothing, toys etc,if you require further information please don't hesitate to contact me. firstname.lastname@example.org