philippines / asia

Spiritual Climate

The Catholic Church is very influential, however large numbers of Catholics are more influenced by animism and witchcraft than Christianity. A lack of solid discipleship and biblical teaching for new believers causes superficiality or practicing false beliefs. With ongoing political corruption, devastating natural disasters and sex trade and trafficking as the fourth highest source of income, the Filipino people are in desperate need of the healing, restoring Word of God.

Ground-Level Perspectives

The Philippines is a great location for mission teams and short-termers due to many Filipinos speaking and understanding English, especially in the cities. Although a receptive country to the gospel, there are still many islands and provinces that are less than 3% evangelical.
— Brent & Christine Ralston

The continued growth of nearly all evangelical denominations, most marked among the indigenous Pentecostal denominations, but almost all evangelical denominations are growing significantly faster than the national growth rates.
— Operation World

More about Philippines

A Couple Raw Facts


Denominations Illustration

There are now over 2,000 registered religious denominations, not including the hundreds of unregistered cults and sects.

Animist Illustration

Large numbers of Catholics are more influenced by animism and witchcraft than by Christianity. In some parts of the islands, Catholicism is a thin veneer over long-held indigenous superstitions.

 

History & Future

Entered
1948

WorldVenture History in Philippines

The WorldVenture Philippines team partners with the Philippine CB national church association and other organizations as a catalyst in the areas of pioneer evangelism and church planting movements. The work involves empowerment of leaders by means of theological education and mentoring, compassion and empowerment ministries among the rural poor, development of youth ministries, mobilization for cross-cultural missions in restricted access areas, and meeting the educational needs of missionary children. Strong partnerships with other organizations also offer a variety of short-term mission opportunities in evangelism, vision trips and prayer walks, training in Muslim ministry and medical work.

Today &
Tomorrow

Philippines Team Goals

WorldVenture in the Philippines is developing ministries in partnership with other organizations to reach out to the 6 million Filipino Muslims that comprise 13 of the least evangelized people groups. Ministry opportunities in the future will include training for evangelism and church planting among Muslims, transformation and development projects for the rural poor, student center and youth ministries, prayer and vision trips, and much more.

5 Global
Objectives

WorldVenture Global Objectives

  1. Evangelizing the Peoples of the World
    • Relationships being cultivated with non-believers
    • Decisions to follow Christ
    • Believers baptized
    • People engaged in intentional discipleship
    • Bible verses translated and Christian resources created or translated
  2. Extending Grace
    • People helped through development assistance
    • People provided with medical and health assistance
    • People helped toward justice who are in illegal, immoral, dangerous, exploited circumstances
    • People helped directly through disaster relief
  3. Establishing Churches
    • New churches established
    • Daughter churches established
  4. Equipping Leaders
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through formal contexts
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through non-formal contexts
    • TCKs (third culture kids) being equipped
    • 360º leaders being equipped
  5. Encouraging Mission Movements
    • National Christians preparing to become cross-cultural missionaries
    • National churches engaged in cross-cultural missions
    • National church groups engaged in cross-cultural missions

Living Here

 

FOOD & HOUSING


COMMUNITY

Filipinos are known worldwide for their friendliness, hospitality and zest for life. However, one never gets used to the tremendous poverty all around us.
— Brent & Christine Ralston

 

WEATHER & ENVIRONMENT


 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE



Local News

The following is a live news feed mirrored from an independent news service, and offers a current stream of headlines coming out of the country. WorldVenture does not control headlines, but only "mirrors" them from other websites.

philippines source:bbc - Google News
Islamist militants accused of ambush in Philippines - BBC News

BBC News

Islamist militants accused of ambush in Philippines
BBC News
They said as many as 50 men armed with assault rifles opened fire on two vans in an ambush before dawn in the town of Talipao on the island of Jolo. Abu Sayyaf operates out of jungle hideouts on Jolo in its fight for an Islamic homeland. Army spokesmen ...


Monday, July 28, 2014 6:06:43 AM

The Philippines and India - BBC News

The Philippines and India
BBC News
The Philippines were battered by yet another powerful typhoon last month. Hundreds of thousands of people found shelter in evacuation centres and the damage was limited. The Red Cross said that people have become more aware of the dangers after ...


Monday, August 11, 2014 10:29:40 AM

Diplomat to oversee mass Filipino evacuation from Libya - BBC News

BBC News

Diplomat to oversee mass Filipino evacuation from Libya
BBC News
A senior diplomat from the Philippines is flying to north Africa to supervise the evacuation of 13,000 citizens from Libya after a Filipino worker there was beheaded and a nurse gang-raped. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario is going to Tunisia to ...


Thursday, July 31, 2014 11:14:12 AM

China media: Japan defence paper - BBC News

BBC News

China media: Japan defence paper
BBC News
According to reports, they were arrested in April last year after their boat drifted into Tubbataha Reef in the southwestern part of the Philippines, which is a marine sanctuary. Philippine media said the ships had hundreds of frozen pangolins (scaly ...


Wednesday, August 06, 2014 12:58:42 AM

Time for a digital detox? - BBC News

Time for a digital detox?
BBC News
From weekend detox courses in the countryside to remote farms in the Philippines and even tech-free urban retreats, dozens of getaways have sprung up around the globe to help people kick the device habit, at least temporarily. The unplugged weekend.


Thursday, August 21, 2014 9:03:53 PM

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Opportunities

Opportunity TitleMinimum StayMaximum StayWorld AreaCountryOppSummaryOppResponsibilitiesOppRequirementsOppID
MK / International School Faculty & Staff1 YearLifetimeAsiaPhilippinesJoin the Faith Academy staff as they endeavor to provide each of their students with a dynamic, relevant education. See website for complete list of needs: www.faith.edu.ph. Some current openings are: Pre-School; Elementary: Counselor, Teachers; Middle School: Drama, Social Studies; High School: Art, Biology/Life Science, Drama, English, Guidance Counselor, Librarian, Spanish or French, Math, Social Studies; General: Admissions Director, Child/Youth Counselor, Child Safety Officer, Computer, Band, IT Director.Current teaching credential and two years of teaching experience. Commitment to God and missions, as well as a love for children. Subscribe to the school’s doctrinal statement. Dual application with a sending mission agency. Student teachers welcome. 1079
Church Planter2 YearsLifetimeAsiaPhilippinesWork with a team of Filiipino church planters and volunteers. Ability to train national church planters would be great.Work with an established church to establish daughter churches. Team leader.Ability for some language acquisition. Experience in evangelism; some theological education1232
Agricultural Community Developer or Intern8 Weeks1 YearAsiaPhilippinesWork with agricultural specialists and tribal pastor-farmers in central or southern Philippines, developing, training, and facilitating reproducible and sustainable farming techniques that will increase the production of food to enable families, churches and communities to adequately feed their families. Partner with community development workers and organizations. Length of service is 8 weeks to 1 year. Assist missionaries and national church development through agriculture. Learn and develop agricultural skills in a tropical and rural environment. Help others to improve their sustainability in technical areas such as soil and seed improvement, Sloping agricultural land technology (SALT), milk-goat raising and milk production, rabbit production, fruit tree production and management, composting, and organic farming techniques. Will work with leaders in rural or tribal areas to assist churches in community development through agriculture. There is much poverty and malnutrition that needs to be addressed on a church and community level.Some practical agricultural experience or training. Must have a college degree or be in the process of receiving a college degree. Needs to have an innovative, pioneering spirit, coupled with a deep commitment to God’s Word and Biblical transformation of individuals and communities. Willing to learn the language, culture and how worldviews impact agricultural techniques. Must have the physical stamina for travel into tribal areas. Good communication and networking skills are essential, and must be a team player. Single or married.1435
Office Manager1 YearLifetimeAsiaPhilippinesWe need someone who can oversee office and accounting along with other work that would free up others for their ministry.Managing field funds, prepare a yearly field budget, maintain office, assist missionaries. Work with our Filipino staff in our office in Quezon City.Accounting Experience and able to use accounting programs. Works well with a team.1465
Team Church Planting1 YearLifetimeAsiaPhilippinesWork alongside a Filipino church planter in starting a new church in a strategic city in the Central or Eastern Visayas. It may be pioneering work or it may be a situation where the church is already started but still very small and in need of significant help. Compared to other countries, the Philippines is still wide open to the Gospel with much receptivity. Plan to be blessed as you are a blessing.1. Develop redemptive relationships with many people. 2. Engage unbelievers in evangelistic Bible studies & small groups 3. Form the new believers into a church body. 4. Begin services. 5. Help provide leadership for the whole region in church planting. 6. The goal is to start a middle-class church so working primarily among professionals and business people, with opportunity to reach out to the disadvantaged as well. 1. People person with relational skills. 2. Ability at relating to unbelievers & skills in leading evangelistic Bible studies. 3. A good working knowledge of the Bible and theology. 4. Work well on a team. 5. A burden for the lost in helping them practically and spiritually. 6. Male1511
Youth Worker1 YearLifetimeAsiaPhilippinesUsing a local church as the base of operations, establish a strong youth program in the church as well as an outreach to nearby high school and/or college campuses in the central part of the Philippines. Ministry would entail youth camps during the summer & possibly youth mission trips. Providing leadership in the region for starting other youth ministries would be a priority.Partner with a local church in reaching out to the youth in the area. Disciple existing youth believers. Disciple & train a youth leadership team. Target a nearby high school or college campus for outreach & evangelism. Integrate the youth into the total life and ministry of the local church. Provide overall regional leadership for youth camps, youth mission trips, & starting other youth ministries. Teaching Values Education on the campuses is a very real possibility. Youth are the most receptive age-group in the Philippines. The best way to get future full-time workers for the ministry is by reaching them when they are young. Catholicism is the main religion. A love & heart for young people (aged 13-25). Some experience in working with youth. Gifts and skills in relating to people, evangelism, discipleship, and leadership. A good working knowledge of Scripture & doctrine. Able to work well on a team. College graduate and 25 years or older.1513
Regional Training Coordinator1 YearLifetimeAsiaPhilippinesHelp to start a Regional Training Center on one of four islands in the central part of the Philippines: Negros Oriental, Cebu, Leyte, or Samar. The training center provides Bible & theological training to pastors & church planters, along with practical ministry skills.1. Provide on-going Bible, theology, & practical ministry skills training at the Training Center. 2. Possibly help with livelihood development. 3. Visit the pastors/church planters in their places of ministry as a mentor/coach. 4. Provide overall leadership for the region.1. A thorough knowledge of the Bible and theology. Bible school or seminary training is recommended but not mandatory. 2. Some experience & gifting in teaching others. 3. Experience in pastoring and/or church planting is recommended. 4. Willingness to do some traveling in a specific region of the Philippines. 5. Male 6. The Filipino pastors/church planters have a wide range of theological training, from seminary level down to no training at all. Flexibility is needed. Using the local dialect will be a great advantage.1514
Seminary Teacher1 YearLifetimeAsiaPhilippinesProfessor at two different institutions: Asian Theological Seminary's branch school in Bacolod, Negros Occidental, and in the Pastoral Advancement Program based out of Bacolod.1. Teach courses, both semestral and/or modules at said institutions: one being a formal institution while the other is non-formal education. 2. Be available to do church-based training throughout the region through seminars, conferences, preaching, etc. 3. Help in a local church plant or an existing church through the use of your gifting. 4. Provide overall leadership in the region for developing theological education all the way to the grass roots. Asian Theological Seminary has its own facilities in Bacolod which are adequate. The Pastoral Advancement Program has two outlets: one in the city and one rural, ministering to around 40 pastors/church planters with very little theological training. The facilities are pretty simple and basic for this non-formal educational environment. 1. At least a Master's degree. 2. Gifting in teaching and training others. 3. Experience as a pastor/professor/church planter. 4. Male1515
Community Development Specialist6 MonthsLifetimeAsiaPhilippinesIn coordination with a church plant or a local existing church, help in a community development program. One component of this may be to help people develop their own livelihood projects for job creation, poverty alleviation, and community transformation. Length of service is 6 months to a lifetime.1. Work in cooperation with a current church plant or an existing local church. 2. Research & plan a community development program that meets felt needs. 3. Assist with developing livelihood projects. 4. Create evangelistic opportunities through meeting the felt needs of the people. 5. Minister to the people both physically & spiritually. 6. Living may be in a large metropolitan city or it may be more in the rural area. If in the rural area, modern conveniences may not be available. In dealing with the urban poor, the conditions are quite appalling: lacking of water, sewage, job skills, & good values. Even in the midst of their plight, the people are always friendly & accommodating. Climate is quite humid. 1. Love for people & desire to help the disadvantaged. 2. Some experience in social work, community development, or community transformation. 3. A desire to connect this to a local church. 4. Good relational and people skills. 5. Good team player. 6. 2 years commitment preferred, but internship opportunity available. 1516
Cross-Cultural Ministry Assistant1 Year3 YearsAsiaPhilippinesWork in an existing local church, under the leadership of a Filipino pastor, by using your varied gifts and abilities for the growth of the church. This could be a summer missions trip, an internship, or someone who wants to experience missions for a short period of time.1. Use your gifting to help in a local church (evangelism, discipleship, children, youth, women, worship, teaching, etc). 2. Help out in other capacities in the church as needed. Servant's heart. Love for people & His church. Lots of experience in working in churches & using your gifts. A good team player. A people-person, very relational. 2 single women, 2 single men or a retired couple would work well. 25 years or older.1517
Micro Finance Project Coordinator2 weeksLifetimeAsiaPhilippinesProvide overall leadership and supervision to the development and implementation of micro finance projects among Filipinos. Length of service is 2 weeks to a lifetime.Research ideas for sustainable micro finance projects. Evaluate potential projects and provide feedback to the recipient. Provide training to the entrepreneurs in business development, marketing & finances. Provide on-going support and accountability to the entrepreneurs. Work closely with on-site missionaries in implementing the projects.A heart for people, especially the disadvantaged. Small business experience would be helpful. Ability to evaluate potential business plans. Some background in finance & marketing would be helpful but not required.1725
Journey Corps Journeyer - 9 months, 1 yr or 2 yr t9 Months2 YearsAsiaPhilippinesLive in community with other believers focused on becoming intentional followers of Jesus. Each Journeyer will learn and develop spiritual disciplines through formal and informal settings in a wide variety of topics, including language, culture, theology, missiology, leadership and ministry. Journeyers will also labor together to meet the whole life needs of the local population.Live in community and participate in community activities such as house/dorm chores. Participate in all training, both formal and informal, to achieve required levels of competency. Serve in ministry opportunities based on your passions, giftings, and experience.A Journeyer should be a member, in good standing, of a local church. Open to learning, growing, giving, ministry, and serving in solitude and/or community. Willing to be stretched and challenged and able to raise support. Willing to live in hot and humid conditions. Able to travel, take risks, live in difficult places, sleep in villages, and mix with people from other cultures.1857

We're Open to New Ideas

We have many opportunities requested by our teams, but we're open to new ideas. God has moved us into over 60 countries by bringing us people with vision, passion and calling. If you don't find an opportunity that fits, or doesn't fully fit ... let's talk. Our first priority is relationship (i.e. "Are we a good fit for each other? You and WorldVenture"). Once that is clear, we will walk with you into almost anything.

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Projects

Missionary Team


Paul & Becky Beck

Educating missionary children at Faith Academy in the Philippines


Jason & Sarah Quick

Empowering Gospel movements in the Philippines through the fine arts and student ministry


Diana Muenzenberger

Impacting TCKs for God’s Kingdom at Faith Academy


Rene & Carla Chanco

Preparing men and women for ministry across Asia.


Brent & Chris Ralston

Coaching Filipino chuch planters, training church leaders, and initiating community development projects.


David & Kenda Jerome

Serving as Church Partnership Evangelism (CPE) Coordinators in the Philippines.


Sandy Eckelberry

Mentoring Filipino Christians for cross-cultural service and community compassion and empowerment ministries


Russ & Ramona Simons

Increasingly, Filipino Christians are catching the vision to share the gospel cross-culturally


Franny Rau

Building transparent relationships to further the Gospel.


Joel & Betsy Eyestone

Serving in mission administration and offering education and opportunity to the urban poor.


Karen Spain

Assisting missionary parents in understanding educational options for their children


Andy Escallier

Serving in the Philippines with Journey Corps


Tim & Gloria Hagquist

Serving as Mission Coaches in the the North Central Region of the U.S.


Jamie & Jen Wolf

Boarding home parents at Faith Academy, a school for missionary kids in the Philippines.


Jonathan Powell

Sharing the gospel with the children of the Philippines through music


Frank & Rosa Pardue

Serving in leadership training in the Philippines


Hannia Freeman

Planting Seeds In Hearts And Fields


Andrew Earls

Serving in The Philippines, starting a church, bringing others to Christ.

Evangelizing the Peoples of the World

With respect for people and their cultures, we communicate, by word and deed, the full scope of biblical truth and, especially, the gospel. We make disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples through different kinds of evangelism..

Relationships Being Cultivated with Non-Believers

We seek to build and nurture authentic relationships with people who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ with whom we can share our faith. Paul asks, 'How are they to believe in the one they have not heard of?' Romans 10:14. The answer is that they can't. It is our desire for those who have never heard the gospel or never understood it to have the chance know God. Many times a true opportunity to hear the gospel requires an environment of trust and friendship first.

Scriptures: Matt 28:18-20, Rom 10:14, 1 John 4:19.

 

Decisions to Follow Christ

We recognize both the internal conversion of the heart and external profession of faith as milestones in the journey of obedience to Jesus Christ. We encourage new believers to identify themselves as Christ-followers in ways that are recognized as authentic in the local context.

Scriptures: Romans 10:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Eph. 4:20-24, Mark 16:15 .

 

Believers Baptized

Baptism is another external milestone in the journey of obedience for a new believer. We encourage new Christ-followers to further identified themselves with Jesus Christ and the local community of faith through baptism by immersion.

Scriptures: Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 28:19-20.

 

People Engaged in Intentional Discipleship

We nurture reasonable steps taken to pursue spiritual growth and evangelism from Christians and non-Christians. This often looks like greater depth in comprehending biblical truths and expressing their growing faith in ways meaningfully in their own culture.

Scriptures: Hebrews 10: 24-25, Eph. 4:11-17, Matthew 28: 18-20.

 

Bible Verses Translated and Christian Resources Created or Translated

We actively invest time and talent into Bible translation and creation of Christian media knowing that these investments will expand and deepen the influence of the gospel in a culture.

Scriptures: Acts 2:8-11, Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 13:47-49, Acts 8:26-39.

Extending Grace

Following the example of Jesus, we address human suffering and practical needs everywhere we share the gospel, whether it be through individual acts of mercy or community-wide programs.

Helping People through Development Assistance

Lasting community development is only achieved by insiders. Meaning, we assisted people in their own development efforts in the areas of acquiring sustainable food, water, shelter, literacy, vocational training, education, and employment. Our explicit goal is empowerment, dignity, and community ownership.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:18, 1 Samuel 2:8, Psalm 145:15-16, Luke 12:33.

 

People Provided with Medical & Health Assistance

The grace and blessing of medical care where there is no other access to medical help is one of the longest standing outreaches of WorldVenture. Our hospitals and rural clinics dot some of the most difficult locations in the world.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:6, Isaiah 40:29, Matt 19:2.

 

Justice for those in Illegal, Immoral, & Dangerous Circumstances

We seek out those who have become vulnerable and fallen to the advantage of other people. We advocate for them within available legal systems, or we build exits and avenues for them to leave their circumstances.

Scriptures: Isaiah 43:2, Psalm 72:4, Isaiah 51:4-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16, Psalm 82:3-4.

 

Helping People Directly through Disaster Relief

In large scale disasters which are within locations we have workers and churches, we bring help directly to the people effected by the disaster. Our networks are often the most established in the communities to the point that larger relief organizations will defer to us on the ground. Yet our strategies always extend past the immediate response to include some form of rebuilding and restoration.

Scriptures: 1 Cor 16:1-4, Psalm 145:15-16, Philippians 4:19.

 

Establishing Churches

Building his church is central to Jesus’ purposes. We strive to establish healthy local churches that will establish other churches, resulting in church planting movements.

New Churches Established

Recognizing that church planting is typically more of a process rather than a one-time event, we speak of a church as being "established" when the local church and its local sister churches recognize it as such. We value real growth of the church, and use milestones like this to give us benchmarks to celebrate.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 15:20-21, Matthew 18:20, 1 Timothy 4:13, Acts 16:4-5.

 

Daughter Churches Established

 Another milestone we encourage as a mark of a maturing church is the multiplication of daughter churches. More than anything this is a sign of the outward growth and maturity of the faith community.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 16:4-5, Romans 15:20-21, Ephesians 2:19-22.

 

Equipping Leaders

We develop leaders who are able to lead others in contextualizing and maximizing their Kingdom impact – locally, regionally, and around the world.

Leaders Being Trained for Ministry through Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

Our workers staff numberous formal seminaries and bible schools as teachers or administrators. We know that people being equipped in and for ministry through formal degree/diploma granting institutions is an investment in the future health and vitality of the church.

Scriptures: Proverbs 2:10-11, Luke 2:45-47, Proverbs 1:1-7.

 

Leaders being Trained for Ministry through Non-Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

In addition to formal academic training, we encourage leadership development through non-formal ministry training seminars, courses, and programs. These programs are equally as powerful for deepening and establishing churches through informed and mature lay leaders.

Scriptures: Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:105, John 10:3-4.

 

TCKs (Third Culture Kids) being Equipped

Experience has taught us that some of the most natural and effective future missionaries come from the children of our current missionaries. Not only does the investment in these children make it possible for their parents to work in remote locations, most of the international schools in which we partner encourage the personal ministry and impact these children can have while on the field.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:9, Matthew 18:2-5, 1 Timothy 4:12.

 

"360º Leaders" being Equipped

Our 360° vision for impacting societies recognizes that there are a handful of key roads to impacting in any given city or provence or people group. For example, business and media are key influencers in a society, but often fall outside designated leadership tracks like pastors and teachers. We encourage the development of Christian leaders who will influence society through business, politics, medicine, media, social justice, and family and community development.

Scriptures: John 17:15-19, Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 14:12, Romans 12:6-8, Matthew 25:23.

 

Encouraging Mission Movements

We will encourage individuals, churches, and church movements everywhere to connect with each other and other organizations, creating international relationships for networking, collaborating, and partnering to do missions “from everywhere to everywhere.”

National Christians Preparing to Become Missionaries

We encourage the natural progression of a maturing national church by advocating for the training and development of national Christians to become missionaries. Crossing-cultures is always difficult, even for those who are born and raised in multi-lingual, multi-cultural environments, and preparation can be a key element in the succeess of a national missionary.

Scriptures: Psalm 144:1, Galations 3:28, Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 61:1.

 

National Churches Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

In addition to individuals going out as missionaries, we encourage national churches to engage in missions.

Scriptures: Romans 10:15, John 15:1-27, Matthew 9:35-38.

 

National Church Groups Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

From the individual to the church and then finally to the multi-church association, we encourage many national church groups and church associations to engaged in missions. We seek a culture of outward movement and self-sacrifice as a healthy part of a national church.

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 2 Corinthians 9:10-12, Romans 10:15.

 

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