By Ace Concordia
C4C Philippines coordinator
Monday, June 16 (3:42 p.m. local time)
The team started their way home at 8am from Mogcao and reached the pick up point across the Amburayan river at 1:30pm! Everyone is safe and healthy after a very hot trek to La Union. Praise God for a successful mission climb! To God be all the glory! Watch out for the video and mission report!
Sunday, June 15 (11:36 a.m. local time)
The team attended a wedding Saturday morning and prayed for the couple and gave them a Kankanaey Bible as a gift. Some team members then proceeded to visit and pray for Huliyo, a man they met last year who suffers from severe depression. The team then descended to the village of Mogcao under cloudy and rainy skies, an answered prayer from the American members of the team. Upon arriving in Mogcao the team played volleyball on the muddy court if the school yard, where Team Philippines beat Team USA 2-0. The entire team is prepared for dinner with fried chicken on the menu and a devotion after.
Friday, June 13 (1:43 p.m. local time)
The team had a blessed devotional time with the topic “making your light shine in a dark place.” It was a wonderful time of sharing what God was doing in all of our lives as the Lord ministered to all of us first before we went out on ministry day. We fellowshipped with the teachers and distributed school supplies. The team has been invited to witness a Kankanaey wedding tomorrow before we proceed to Mogcao. The village officials came to thanks us for coming to Badeo. We asked for their support in inviting people to come to tonight's film showing. We've made an improvised screen and have tested the equipment. We are all excited about what God will be doing tonight!
Friday, June 13 (7:10 a.m. local time)
It's a cloudy, windy, rainy morning as the team gets ready for ministry day. The team prepares to show the Jesus
film tonight so please pray that many will come and be blessed! The team has also been invited to witness a Kankanaey wedding tomorrow before they go of to the village of Mogcao.
Thursday, June 12 (5:50pm local time)
The team arrived at 4:30 p.m. under cloudy skies and slight rain showers, just what the team prayed for! Praise God! The team now prepares for dinner and a devotion.
Thursday, June 12 (6:28 a.m. local time)
The team woke up to a cloudy, rainy day and contemplated on the possibility of staying a day. But at the devotion after breakfast the message of the Lord was clear: “Do not fear!” So the team prepares to trek to Badeo and prays that the weather will improve. For God's glory!
Wednesday, June 11 (10:52 a.m. local time)
The team has just arrived in Kibungan at around 10 a.m. (after leaving Manila around 10 p.m. Tuesday). The road improvements have made travel here far better. The team prepares for lunch and a team meeting. Praise God for a good start!
An update: Argie Deladia backed out due to health issues. The team is 13 now (nine Filipinos and four Americans).
Introduction: The day of harvest
“We have just conducted clearing operations in the villages of Badeo and Tacadang; please wait for more information before you climb to these villages.”
This was the message sent to Pastor Russ by the police authorities in Kibungan two weeks before C4C Philippines was scheduled to do a mission climb to the village of Badeo. The police had just raided two marijuana plantations in those two remote villages – both of which are mission fields of C4C Philippines.
Some Kankanaey people have resorted to this unhealthy and illegal form of life in an attempt to alleviate poverty and great need. Despite rich farm fields on the mountains of Kibungan, it does not seem enough to improve the lives of the local people.
This is the contrast to the beauty of the mountains of Kibungan and its people. The dark seeds were planted here a long time ago.
I sometimes question why this contrast exists, not only here in the Philippines but also around the world. The beauty of Africa and the war and famine in that land are such an example. For many years Africa has been known for the rich culture of its people, the diversity of its wildlife and the beauty of its lands. However, alongside this grand beauty is the presence of war and violence, of persecution and poverty. Everywhere we go around the world, no matter how magnificent the sight we behold, it is shadowed by a darkness that exists alongside it. These two contrasts are realities of our world, like night and day, darkness and light. It will be that way for awhile, but only for awhile.
In the Bible in Matthew 13, the story is told of a man who sowed good seed on his farm, but an enemy also came to the farm and sowed bad seed. The servants of this man, having seen the weeds from the bad seed growing along with the plants of the good seed, asked their master if they should pull out the weeds. The man said no. This was his response:
“Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.”
This verse holds a promise that one day when the harvest time comes, the darkness will be taken away and will no longer be beside the light. Sometimes we may wonder if this life will ever be better; the answer is yes. God has promised that He has a better plan for us.
There will be a time of harvest, a time when sorrow and joy will no longer be side by side. But for this time to come to pass, we must be aware that the enemy continues to plant bad seed with determination all over this world. As Christians we cannot afford to be complacent; we need to continue to plant good seed with much more determination. We must not allow the enemy to plant while we do nothing.
Climbing For Christ is determined to plants seeds of God’s hope and love all over the world by giving Bibles and helping communities grow in their relationship with Jesus. The C4C Philippines chapter is GO-ing on its 18th mission climb to the Kankanaey people in the province of Kibungan Benguet. Joined by four missionaries from the United States, the team aims to reach the village of Badeo to give away Bibles and school supplies, and show the Jesus Film
in the native Kankanaey language - something that is being done for the first time in the villages of Kibungan.
C4C Philippines dreams of a day when there will no longer be any marijuana fields in Kibungan, no more poverty, no more sorrow, no more darkness. That’s why we roll up our sleeves, take up our seeds and continue to plant them in the hearts of the Kankanaey people – until the day of harvest comes.
Meet the team
Participants in this Evangelic Expedition:
- Ace Concordia (Philippines)
- Jhun Hacbang (Philippines)
- Carmela Caguimbal (Philippines)
- Carl Callo (Philippines)
- Jhoe Cordero (Philippines)
- Alfred Estrella (Philippines)
- Waldigard Ferrer (Philippines)
- Argie Deladia (Philippines)
- Krista Panga (Philippines)
- Richard Visco (Philippines)
- Michael Wall (USA)
- Rachel Wall (USA)
- Sarah Mellberg (USA)
- Jeffrey Murray (USA)