We serve in mission administration and mobilization of the local Filipino church for missions, particularly outreach to international university students from closed countries in Asia.
Church planting in the Philippines has resulted in rapid growth since 1970. In recent decades, the Philippine church has begun to embrace its role in taking the gospel, not only to other Filipinos, but also to the world’s yet unreached peoples. However, missions education is still needed in most local churches. The Philippines has become host to thousands of international students from other parts of Asia. Yet, the Philippine church largely fails to recognize the opportunity for gospel witness to unreached peoples within their own borders.
As the field administrator, Joel helps all the WorldVenture ministries in the Philippines to function smoothly in areas such as church planting, seminary training for pastors and missionaries, teaching of MK’s, and urban poor transformation.
Betsy develops promotional and training materials specifically for equipping the local church for international student ministry in the Philippine context. Together, we serve as facilitators for the Kairos Course which gives an overview of what God is doing in the world and how we can participate.
The challenges in mission administration are the fluctuation in personnel and changes in technology that force us to rethink our structures and procedures. The main challenges in mobilizing local churches for cross-cultural disciple-making are communicating the vision and generating interest.