We’ve always believed that God has a purpose for each one of us. Through our journey of giving Mateo back to the Lord, we’ve realized that even a seven-month-old baby has a purpose in life and can leave a legacy.
Mateo has brought people from all over the world to pray together. He has given an opportunity to many of our family and friends to show love in action.
Shortly after Mateo’s passing, a few friends asked whether there was a charity that we would invite people to donate to in Mateo’s name. This has inspired us to continue our existing efforts in fighting online sex trafficking of children (OSEC) in partnership with the International Justice Mission–this time, in Mateo’s name.
The #MightyMateo Legacy
Our little Mateo brought us all together for a purpose. His legacy is all about building a community that prays together and loves others.
Mateo, as young as he was, was our little justice warrior.
The day that Mateo was conceived in 2018 was right after a major fundraising event that we organised through our platform Giving is Social. And that event was our first time supporting the fight against OSEC in the Philippines.
Mateo’s birth story has been very symbolic also for us. Joanna was working on her first book about giving back and how effective giving is consistent with our duty to fight for justice. It was only after Joanna finished the manuscript of the book did Mateo decide to come out. It was as if he was already making us know that he’s in full support of our mission as a family.
During his lifetime, Mateo had attended the Justice Conference in Singapore, counting him as its youngest delegate, an IJM talk about OSEC, and many meetings in preparation for our fundraiser in 2019 for IJM’s anti-OSEC efforts.
With Mateo’s easy-to-care-for personality, he’s allowed us to dedicate time to advocating for justice.
We invite you to join us in our family’s mission, and in supporting Mateo’s legacy, to fight the online sex trafficking of children in the Philippines.