Mission: Philippines 2010
Jhun Hacbang of Las Piñas City, Philippines, said: “Sometimes we do not notice that God is always by our side.” He had this thought after we noticed the reflection of the Climbing For Christ banner in the window as (right to left) Gary Fallesen, Ace Concordia, and Kolbel Acquiapat were meeting with village leaders.
Andrea “AA” Alloro of San Pedro Laguna, Philippines, called this photo, “Dirty hands, pure hearts.” She said: “We sometimes get dirty and imperfect in the eyes of others, but what is important is how God sees us, how He sees our hearts when we are serving Him. Because our God is a God Who does not look at our physical appearance, nor does he look at our mistakes. Just like God said to Peter in Acts 10:15, 'What God has cleansed you must not call unclean.' Let us not mind if we get our hands dirty from our climbs. Let us just focus on our mission...to serve Him and give glory to Him!”
Kolbel Acquiapat of Kibungan, Philippines, was not a member of Climbing For Christ when this Evangelic Expedition began. It was the fourth time he had accompanied us as a representative of the local government. At the conclusion of the mission he joined C4C. We are blessed to have him as a member and ministry partner. Kolbel selected this photo as his favorite “because it shows that you can have fun while still being on a mission trip.”
Melnord De Castro of Cavite Province, Philippines, took this photo showing one of the church leaders of Tacadang (Henry Guilapo from the United Christian Church of the Philippines, in the red T-shirt) joining C4C in prayer. “It shows the sincerity of His prayer by the expression on his face,“ Melnord said.
Pam Delavin of Muntinlupa City, Philippines, picked this photo “because it shows how the children have come to know C4C and are no longer afraid.” Here, the children pose with Ace, right, and Jason.
It's because of the children that Ace Concordia, of Las Piñas, Philippines selected this photo. “The youth are the hope of our nation and I am blessed that as C4C we can help the youth of Tacadang with their needs for a better education,” he said. Here, a youngster happily shows off one of the more than 90 gifts of school supplies delivered to the children. The pouch included notebooks, pencils, a ruler and scissors.
Gary Fallesen of Rochester, N.Y., USA, was reminded again of the beauty of God's creation in this Mountain Province of the Philippines. Here, he was looking down on the school yard, which is dwarfed by one of the many mountains around the village. It's necessary to cross those mountains to reach these people — also beautiful creations by our God.
Posted March 1, 2010