Mission: Philippines 2011
Date: June 6-16.
Purpose: Return trek to Tacadang, worship and fellowship with three local church leaders, conduct medical and children’s ministry, and survey neighboring villages.
Cost: Estimated at US$500, excluding airfare to Manila. Costs include transportation, food and hotel accomodations in Manila, round-trip transportation to Kibungan, and food for the trek.
Delivering school supplies in Tacadang
during Mission: Philippines 2010.
Climbing For Christ Philippines coordinator Ace Concordia visited Kibungan in the Cordillera mountains in mid-September to make plans for Mission: Philippines 2011. He took two other C4C members with him, Pastor Den Javier and American Forrest Dedolph, and the three of them went for a half-day hike to a nearby waterfalls.
While trekking they encountered a local man named Joseph. Ace soon found himself in a deep conversation.
“He talked about the poverty of the people in the remotest parts of Kibungan, and how this has forced them into the marijuana trade,” Ace said.
Ace felt Joseph was defending the people who grow marijuana, people whom we have encountered in this part of North Luzon. “I took this as an opportunity to share with him,” Ace said. “I told him there is suffering everywhere. I told him that in life nothing will ever be enough, there will always be something lacking.
“As we rested for a while before the final trek to the Falls, I got to share with him about John chapter 2 (verses 1-11), the wedding in Cana. It was a happy occasion that was going to end up as the worst wedding of the year because they had run out of wine. I told him life is like that; everything is in short supply — even money, health, happiness. The good thing is 'Jesus was invited to that wedding' and He filled in what was missing by making a miracle happen. He filled in what was lacking. Pastor Den went on to share about the Samaritan woman at the well, and how she searched for something missing in her life and also found it in Jesus.
“After the sharing he asked if we had some reading material we could give him. Forrest had a tract that was all about getting to know Jesus. We asked if we could pray for him and he said, 'Please do.' So we all closed our eyes and Pastor Den prayed for Joseph. It was a wonderful prayer, and when I opened my eyes Joseph was crying. Not just random teardrops; I mean, really crying and sobbing at the same time. I knew at that point we had summited regarding our purpose for being in Kibungan.
“I sense He must have been carrying a heavy load because the prayer was all about God's forgiveness and the new life He offers us. He shook our hands firmly and kept saying thank you while still in tears. It was truly a blessed moment.”
We call these “mission moments.” A stitch in time that could have eternal consequences. When God sends us and we go in the Holy Spirit's power, these are the divine possibilities awaiting us.
C4C Philippines has been ministering in this remote area since August 2008 with short-term teams going there each year. The next Mission: Philippines is scheduled June 16-24, 2011. There will also be an exploratory climb to Dalipey in Feburary 2011 and a follow-up climb to Badeo in September 2011.
E-mail info@ClimbingForChrist.org with questions or to request an application for Mission: Philippines. Applicants must be members of Climbing For Christ (CLICK HERE for the free C4C membership).
Updated Sept. 28, 2010