Get to know the Directors:
Name: Team Directors (aka Benny & Jomil)
A little bit about us:
We are active members of Moonee Ponds Baptist Church and are proud of the support that the members of this church have offered us over the time of our international mission
work in the Philippines.
We have our own family of three children and five grandchildren but we also have our church family and mission team families who over the years have made it possible for so much to be done through the mission trips in the Philippines.
Favourite Bible Verse:
“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” Psalm 90:12
This verse reminds us that even in our older years God can still use us.
No. of mission trips: 14 (We have organised each unique mission trip every year since 2002)
First trip: 2002
This first trip was a reconnaissance trip to determine if we had the right kind of program to meet the needs of the Philippines people. We travelled to visit an area South-West of Manila known as the Mangyan Tribe in Mindoro Oriental. During this trip, we visited many local churches meeting numerous pastors and their families to build an understanding of their needs. From this, we established a program that focused on connecting pastors and growing faith communities within the Philippines.
How we came to be involved:
In 2000, we felt God’s calling to create a program to support people in the Philippines in their faith and to help them improve their quality of life. What we have learnt in organizing these mission trips is that each year we have a plan and each year God has a greater plan. No two trips have ever been the same, every trip has involved either different locations, different people or different opportunities to grow and learn through. What we have experienced in every trip is God’s grace and majesty.
One highlight: Too many highlights and things to be thankful for through these mission trips.
One piece of advice for someone thinking about volunteering:
Be open to the way in which God can use you during the mission. There are no qualifications necessary for this trip. All you need is an openness to letting God into your heart so God can truly know how you can best help each mission trip in the Philippines.
Are you on team for 2017: Yes!
Personal Prayer Point:
Please pray for our continued wisdom and energy to guide this mission. Also, we would appreciate thankful prayers as God has been amazingly generous in responding to our prayers during our mission trips, most times offering us more than we had hoped for.
We would be delighted to talk with anyone considering going on the trip in 2017 or beyond. We can then also be in prayer for you as you consider the possibilities of a Philippines mission trip.