Typhoon Haima

Hi All,

Over the weekend we received news that Typhoon Haima has devastated one of the churches that we had planned to work with in Capiz.  They have completely lost their roof.

Haima struck the northern Philippines just days after Typhoon Sarika caused deadly flooding to the island nation. At least 13 people were killed during Typhoon Haima, referred to locally as ‘Lawin’, mainly due to landslides and flooding, according to AP. The strongest typhoon to hit the country this year, it forced thousands to evacuate, destroyed homes and felled trees and power lines.

(Photo credit:  Bangui, Ilocos Norte in northern Philippines, October 20, 2016. © Erik De Castro / Reuters)A woman stands outside her house which was damaged by a fallen tree during Typhoon Haima, in Bangui, Ilocos Norte in northern Philippines, October 20, 2016. © Erik De Castro

The church is seeking financial assistance to help replace their roof ASAP. If you are in a position to help out financially you can contact Benny and Jomil directly, or fill out the contact form below and we will be in touch with further details.

We also ask that you continue to pray for all those impacted by Haima across the region.


Please Pray 2

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12

  1. Firstly and foremostly, please pray that the Lord will see fit to use this trip to grow his kingdom.
  2. Praise the Lord for our team of volunteers who have committed to serve on this trip.
  3. Please continue praying now for the team as they begin preparing and training for the trip.
  4. Please pray for the Pastor’s and the churches that we are hoping to support on this trip.
  5. Please pray for the Filipiniana Night coming up in two weeks. There is still a lot to do and the number of attendees is looking low.
  6. Praise the Lord for wonderful, and hard working team behind the Homespun Fair. Please continue to keep them and their families in your prayers as we get closer to November 5.
  7. Please pray for the raising of support so that we can cover all of the financial needs of this trip
  8. Praise the Lord for the wonders of the internet and how it helps us connect with people all over the world.

Filipiniana -UPDATE

filipiniana night is coming up fast and these are the details you need to book yourselves in for a great night jam packed full of food and fun!


Saturday, October 15, 2016


5:30- 9:00PM


Moonee Ponds Baptist Church
Cnr of Laura and Eglinton Street
Moonee Ponds, 3039


Family: $50 (2 adults, 2 children under 13)
Adult: $20
Concession: $15

For bookings please fill out the below:

Meet the Team – Nicole


Name:  Nicole Coultes

Age: 46

One thing everyone should know about me:
I enjoy singing and music and being creative through song-but if you are doing any kind of creative craft work-I am not the person to ask for help- as the result is likely to be something akin to a Grade Prep art project.

First trip: 2015  (Candon, Rizal and Vigan)

No. of trips: Just one so far but will go again soon.

Favourite Bible Verse:
“For God did not send his son into the world to be its judge, but to be its saviour” John 3:17. This verse talks about God’s mission in such a clear and simple way.

How we came to be involvedIMG_0356
As regular attendees at Moonee Ponds Baptist Church we learnt about the Philippines mission trip through conversations and events at the church and it got us chatting about it at home. We signed up for two members of our family to go on the 2015 trip before we really new what we had signed up for- but somehow it just seemed like the right choice for us to make. Although we made a plan- God had a better plan and one month before we departed three of us were signed up to go on the Philippines mission trip instead of just two. What a great blessing for us all.

One highlight:
The amazing people we met through the Baptist churches we visited in the Philippines. Many of them had so little in material possessions and yet so much faith and love for God.

One piece of advice for someone thinking about volunteering:
Just do it. I remember thinking what can I offer this trip- I don’t have any particular medical training or skills in ministry. But I trusted that God had a plan for me and he did. I certainly felt that I contributed to the mission but most amazingly I felt God’s presence in my life in a way I had not really experienced before.

Personal Prayer: Please pray for all those touched by the experience of the Philippines mission trip. Pray for those in the Philippines that they may feel God’s presence through this trip and experience greatness in their communities. Pray for those involved in Australia organizing and planning for the trip, helping fundraise and being involved in the numerous activities that are necessary in preparation for a great mission.

Homespun Fair – Get your BAKE ON!

We have just finished updating the details on this year’s Home Spun Fair. For the first time ever, we are opening up the market to other vendors and are really excited about the new opportunities this presents us.pexels-photo-48664

We are always in need of helpers and bakers closer to the day and most importantly shoppers on the day of the Fair. So if you would like more information click here to head to our newly updated page!


Meet the Directors – Benny and Jomil Edis

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.

benny and jomil
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 highlightToo 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.