The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands. The country is divided into economic regions and also provinces. I was convinced from a young age that God wanted me to serve Him in the Philippines…but where? Thousands of islands, millions and millions of people…where did God want me?
When we chose BMW as our board, we met some people who helped us narrow down our geographical area of focus. God used them to plant an interest in us toward the province of Pangasinan. After that initial interest we did some survey trips and research, and found that it was an area with nearly unlimited opportunities and equally unlimited spiritual needs.
Pangasinan is located north of the capitol city of Manila on the island of Luzon. Pangasinan covers a large area that is the northern gateway to the central plain of Luzon. It is the 5th most populated province of the country with a population of nearly 3 million. As we prayed and researched, we came to the conclusion that God wanted us to focus our efforts on this province. With 3 million people and over 2,000 square miles, we had to narrow our focus even more. Finally, more prayer and research brought us to a plan for the province that involves starting in the strategic city of Dagupan and reaching out to 4 other major population centers of the province. For several years now we have been living in Dagupan and working toward our goals.
For several years we have worked in Pangasinan while praying for God to provide team members to work with us. God has provided us with teammates, and in doing so has also nudged us to diversify and work with their training center ministry too. This new opportunity will allow us to enlarge our area of impact, and will also change our location to the city of Baguio. Baguio is about 2 hours from Dagupan and is located up in the mountains. Our vision has always been to help Filipinos plant local, reproducing churches. We’re excited about the opportunities that the training center ministry will give us to spread our impact beyond the province of Pangasinan as we continue to pursue the vision of helping Filipinos plant Filipino churches.