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Mission: Philippines 2011

Back to Badeo — Dispatches

Team in Badeo. (Photo by Pat Bonaobra)

Monday, Oct. 24

DAY 4: The whole team has arrived safely in La Union. Praise be to God!

— Ace Concordia (1858 hours)

Monday, Oct. 24

DAY 4: To God be all the glory for a blessed ministry day on Sunday! The team delivered a Sunday morning service of songs, a play, and a message about God's promises. The Spirit moved as tears flowed from both the locals and the team during times of singing and prayer. The team was like a well-calibrated machine even though it was pieced together for the first time. We were divided into groups of three, ministering to the sick, the children, and the local church leaders. The evening was filled with testimonies of what God has done in Badeo and the lives of the team members. Again to God be all the glory!

We are now getting ready to go home by trekking down to the Amburayan River and exiting to La Union.

— Ace Concordia (0620 hours)

Sunday, Oct. 23

DAY 3: The mission team arrived safely at Badeo after a nine-hour climb on Saturday. The team met with local village officials, who were very happy about our return. They talked to us about the challenges of life in their place. I shared with them the burden of fulfilling a promise made to the people of Badeo two years ago. The team spent last night planning ministry day and praying as we have been asked to deliver the message this morning.

Ace Concordia (0547 hours)

Saturday, Oct. 22

DAY 2: The team wake-up call was 4 a.m. Last night’s Bible study was filled with blessings as all 19 climbers shared the reason why they came on “Back to Badeo.” Some had specific reasons and some were still searching in their hearts for why God had brought them here. Hopefully everyone will have an answer by the end of this mission as God has done in the past. We're getting ready to climb and maybe to have our personal encounter with God.

Ace Concordia (0415 hours)

Friday, Oct. 21

DAY 1: The mission team of 19 volunteers arrived safely before lunch time in Kibungan. Kolbel Acquiapat, the local C4C member, was not there to greet us. But he will be going to Badeo on Sunday to join up with the team. The team will be having a Bible study and prayer after dinner and practice for a “David and Goliath” drama for the Sunday worship in Badeo. The weather looks good, a blessing on our first day in Kibungan.

— Ace Concordia (1543 hours)

Thursday, Oct. 20

Climbing For Christ Philippines was 4 years old on Wednesday. Happy birthday, C4C Phil! That part of our body — with 187 members — will celebrate this fourth anniversary after the “Back to Badeo” mission, which begins Friday, Oct. 21.

“We’ve done seven mission climbs in the last four years and we are gunning for our eighth with all lights ‘go’ for Back to Badeo,” Philippines coordinator Ace Concordia said on Wednesday. “The project box for Badeo was an overwhelming success. Praise God! Again my problem has graduated from ‘what to bring’ to ‘how to bring.’ ”

Ace Concordia with the boxes for Badeo.

The box for Badeo was a collection of Bibles, medicines, school supplies, books for pastors, clothing, and more. C4C Philippines received donations of 26,000 pesos (about US$600), which Ace used to buy Bibles, medicine, and school supplies.

“We’ve also got the largest number of volunteers going on a mission climb in C4C Philippines HIStory,” Ace said. He has a group of more than 20 going to the mountain area of Kibungan in the province of Benguet on the northern island of Luzon.

The blessed souls on our team include Keziah Abesamis, Andre Alorro, Arlene Bolante, Patrich Bonaobra, Celso Callo, Pam Delavin, Jherald Dion, Nyles Fundano, Jael Garcia, Gutch Gutierrez, Jhun Hacbang, Princess Lagman, Joel Sayyap, and Jenny-Lyn Villota.

C4C Philippines training team did not have spirits dampened by weather.

Many of these team members have participated in previous mission climbs and all of them took part in arduous training climbs, such as the Oct. 1 outing. Ace called that event “a brutal nine-hour training climb. I asked Doc Cecil (Mendoza) to prepare a challenging training climb for C4C in preparation for the mission climb. We did it in the mountains in his backyard, Tanay. I think he went beyond ‘challenging’ with river crossings and exploring mountainsides where some routes have no trails at all. To cap it all off, it rained hard all day because of a big storm that was coming in.”

Ace and the C4C Philippines crew endured, knowing as Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 12, “if we endure, we will also reign with him.” They go now to glorify God.

The Word

“Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.”
— Joshua 21:45 (NIV)


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