2014 ADULT MISSION TRIP REPORT
The Calvary Mission Team, Faith in Action Ministry Philippines and Bonbon Church thanks all of you for your support for our amazing mission trip in June-July, 2014. Making this trip happen enabled us to establish long-range and sustainable projects as well as touching the lives of so many people, including those of us on the team. One of the highlights for me was seeing Calvary delegates interacting and bonding with our partners in the Philippines. It was amazing to see people from two different worlds bonding by a common goal and purpose, “to serve God by serving others”.
Just a little background about the history of Bonbon Church and the Faith In Action Ministry. My parents, Charles and Leah Quilo, started a house church over 30 years ago in their home town of Bonbon. Their goal was to help people in our area who wanted to go to church, but could not afford to travel to the city. After about a year, no longer could the house accommodate the people in our living room, so they built a church structure next to the house. This is how Bonbon UCCP started and in September there will be a celebration of their 30-year anniversary! To this day the church still caters to the same type of people. A number of years ago, one of the members and main financial supporter passed away. The church really struggled financially. To put this into perspective, the church operating expenses was around $270 a month including the pastor’s salary. 4 years ago, the pastor left the church because she was owed 4 months' salary and funds were not available to pay the full amount. She could hardly be blamed because she, too, needed to support her family.
Faith in Action Ministry started in hopes to re-ignite the energy of the church. A church full of life will find a way to overcome any problems including financial. The goal was simple: Let's help those in need and in the process it will help us understand the true meaning of worship. There are many ways to worship our Lord, but what is even better, putting our faith into action going beyond the walls of the church, to serve Him by serving others and sharing the love of Christ through us.
There is a story I read about a person who asked a missionary on why God allows so much suffering, injustice and hunger. The missionary replied that it's not God who allows all these things to happen, it is us. If all of us will only do what God wants us to do, there will a lot less suffering and hunger in this world. Faith in Action Ministry is our opportunity to do just that. Together we can make a difference.
Since we started the Faith in Action Ministry Bonbon UCCP has grown quite a bit. The youth and the children population has tripled. Yes, money is still a struggle, but they are getting by. During this trip one of our projects was to repair the roof and gutters. Since the church income barely covers the monthly expenses, they have no money for anything else. The day we arrived it was raining hard and we saw buckets all over the place trying to contain the water. Everyone was scrambling to mop and dry the floor. I found out that they had been working and cleaning the church for a few days in preparation for our arrival, but when we got there the floor was all muddy and wet. Fixing the roof and the gutter was a huge accomplishment. They can finally concentrate on worship and fellowship on Wednesday, Saturdays and Sundays during the rainy days. We also implemented 2 other projects: setup of a Christian Education Center in a place called Baungon at the Baviera Neri residence. Baungon is a remote mountain area outside of Cagayan de Oro City. It usually takes about 3 hours to travel there by jeepney (if it’s not raining), but if it is, would take about 8 hours because the road by the river gets easily flooded and becomes dangerous. Over 40 children attend Bible study regularly and normally would do their activities on the ground because there is no floor and on boxes as their makeshift tables. Our mission provided them with new tables, benches, shelving, materials and supplies. We also pledged to provide snacks every week as some of the kids walk for over an hour. The second was to remodel the church kitchen and start a monthly feeding program, called Full Belly. The Faith in Action Team will host a meal at the church every 3rd Sunday of the month after the service. The area where the church is located will not be short of hungry people, especially children. The program kicked off July 19 and it was a big success.
There were so many memorable moments for us during this trip but one of the things that was special to me was a seeing an old friend. 3 years ago he got sick, and because he was sick, he was not able to work. Because he was not working, he could not afford to buy his medications. He was confined to his bed just waiting to die. When we learned of his condition, Faith in Action Ministry gave him $50, the only money we had in our account. He told me that the $50 saved his life. That’s all he needed to get back to his feet.
My friends at Calvary, there are so many similar stories like this. Just know that your support is really impacting people’s lives on that side of the world. That’s why we are so thankful for your continuing support.
If you would like to support this mission work, a Domestic Non-Profit Corporation licensed by the State of Washington for charitable purposes has been established. 100% of each donation goes to Faith in Action Ministry and qualifies as a tax deduction. Donations from individual donors may be sent as designated to a specific project: Scholars, Full Belly, Baungon CE Center, Bonbon Support, or Where Most Needed. Please send to: Faith in Action Ministry, c/o Neil Quilo, 8504 205th STREET CT E, Spanaway, WA 98387-5355. Thank you so much!