Our family moved to the Philippines in September 2001. Since then we have lived mainly in Metro Manila, but besides working in the metro area we’ve conducted mission projects and disaster relief in Dagupan, Infanta, Camalig, Hagonoy, Angeles, Tarlac, Famy, Paete, Baguio and on the islands of Mindoro & Cebu, etc.
Our focus over the last several years has been helping poor schools with Christian educational materials teaching scripture memorization, morals and English language and reading. Up to now we’ve been able to help around 190 schools. We’ve provided several thousand children with school supplies on a yearly basis. We work primarily with Day Care centers for younger children, but have also done projects with Elementary schools.
We have been doing a counselling program for recovering drug addicts and juvenile delinquents at the Paranaque Anti Drug Abuse Center for the last 9 years.
We coordinate with other missionaries to help at the prison for women, the children’s cancer ward at the Philippine Government Hospital, Homes for the elderly, several orphanages, and most recently we’re starting a parenting and motherhood course for abused women who are new mothers.
Although not our main focus, because the Philippines is geographically situated in an area which experiences over a dozen typhoons (hurricanes) every year, we make an effort when possible to bring food, clothing and supplies to those who are most affected by these calamities.
We encourage our friends here to form Bible study groups with their colleagues and we then lead them through a course called the 12 foundation stones. We currently have 3 groups and over the last several years have had around 30 graduates from the course.
We promote Activated Magazine, a christian non denominational magazine designed to bring guidance and spiritual feeding to a wide sector of society.
We have tried to focus on training our children in the Bible and missionary work, and often take faith trips to other cities in order to tell people about Jesus and spread the Gospel. It’s our hope and prayer that our children will continue to spread the Gospel in some way, and that some may dedicate their lives to missions.
We meet people on a daily basis in their homes, places of work etc in order to pray with them, give counseling, and share God’s Word.
Both Maria’s and my parents were missionaries in Asia, and we have both lived in several Asian countries over the last 30 years, including India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Japan, Thailand and now the Philippines. Our parents work and their sample of dedication to Jesus was a strong influence in both of our lives and an important reason why we’ve decided to dedicate our lives as missionaries.
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Channel of Hope Foundation Inc. Philippines
P.O. Box 7774 DAPO 1301 Pasay City