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The survey climb starts tonight. I'm taking a nine-person team, whose names appear below, from Metro Manila. Kolbel, who works in Kibungan and is our 10th team member, will be meeting us in San Fernando La Union. Please include us in prayer until May 22. Survey Climb team: Ace Concordia, Gutch Guttierez, Jael Garcia, Kz Abesamis, Joel Sayyap, Karl Callo, Doc Cecil Mendoza, Doc Jo Cordero, and Jherald Dion. We have a small quantity of Bibles, schools supplies, and medicines. Doc Jo will be conducting a medical survey for future medical missions. — Ace Concordia,...
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Mission: Philippines 2012 (Survey Climb: Bekes/Culiang) By Ace Concordia C4C Philippines coordinator “We will come and visit you soon!” This was the promise I’d made to Pastor Marcus Felipe, whom we met at a church service in Dalipey in February 2012. Pastor Marcus’s church is in Bekes, one of the outermost villages in the mountain province of Kibungan near the border of the province of La Union. Climbing For Christ Philippines members have been planning for this survey trip since last year, so from May 18 to 21 we set out to accomplish this task. It will be the...
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The flames were visible in the darkness from afar as the forest fire raged. Some Kankanaey natives have started clearing land for farming; it is a practice of the natives that unfortunately is slowly damaging Kibungan’s natural treasures. We were on our way back to our Base Camp in Poblacion after spending three days trekking to the village of Dalipey and ministering to its people. Kolbel Acquiapat, a Climbing For Christ member who has been our friend and guide for the last four years in Kibungan, expressed the helplessness he feels to do anything to prevent the death of the mountain fo...
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C4C Philippines arrived safely at Poblacion of Kibungan on Monday and we are now on our way back to Baguio, and then to Manila. Praise God for the successful mission climb! – Ace Concordia (0900 hours)
C4C started ministry day by attending the Sunday service at the United Church of Christ in the Philippines church. The team presented a short play about Joseph and was blessed by the warm welcome of their Kankanaey brethren in Christ! – Ace Concordia (1740 hours)
It’s 5:30 p.m. and more patients are coming to see Doc Joja. We were all blessed by the community’s response to our presence here. Many young people attended our youth program. Bibles were handed out to pastors from remote churches in Kibungan. School supplies were given to the school administrators. We performed the Joseph play once more during the medical mission with many Kankanaey young and old hearing the message of God's faithfulness. Thankful to God for this successful mission climb! – Ace Concordia (1810 hours)
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The team has made it to the peak of Mount Tagpew and was resting for the final assault on a second peak then the long descent toward Dalipey. The team is in good spirits as the Lord has given them excellent weather! – Ace Concordia (1224 hours local time)
Nearing Dalipey, the team was welcomed on the trail by Caroline Alacdis, whose happiness cannot be contained at the return of C4C. Caroline is the young woman we are prayerfully considering sending to Bible college in Manila. She desires to be a missionary. The last members of the team arrived safely in Dalipey at 1845 hours. It was a long day of trekking and the team will get some rest and pray after dinner to prepare for tomorrow's program! To God be the glory for a great day! – Ace Concordia (1738 hours, received March 4)
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The team shared about the life of Joseph during the worship and Bible study in preparation for tomorrow's climb. Everyone shared personal testimonies on how God had seen them through the darkest moments of their lives. This message of hope is what we hope to bring to the people of Dalipey. The adventure starts Saturday as the team departs at 5 a.m. to hike toward Dalipey! – Ace Concordia (2237 hours local time)
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The mission team of 12 volunteers started their journey to Dalipey tonight on a five-hour bus ride to Baguio city. They once more leave the familiar life they've lived for the challenge and opportunity to share the love of Jesus to the Kankaney people! – Ace Concordia (2313 hours local time)
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Mission: Philippines 2012 (Destination Dalipey) By Ace Concordia C4C Philippines coordinator Climbing For Christ Philippines became the first mountaineering team to reach the village of Dalipey in the mountains of Kibungan in Benguet province in February 2011. We made the day-long climb to Dalipey to fulfill a promise made to Teacher Leah, who we met in Poblacion in September 2010. Despite the rigorous climb we were rewarded with the smiles and hospitality of the Kankanaey people. School classes were suspended for a whole day to accommodate our program and so that we could play a...
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The mission team was supposed to practice the song “God of Wonders” as a special offering to the people of Badeo during the Sunday service. But that all changed the night before the climb, when we sang “Heart of Worship” during the evening Bible study. I told the team that I felt we should sing this song since we sang it so well together, what I didn’t know was this was the beginning of another great lesson from God. More than a song: Team singing 'Heart of Worship' the first night in Badeo. (Photo by Pat Bonaobra) When all 19 climbers arrived in Badeo on Sa...
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DAY 4: The whole team has arrived safely in La Union. Praise be to God! — Ace Concordia (1858 hours) DAY 4: To God be all the glory for a blessed ministry day on Sunday! The team delivered a Sunday morning service of songs, a play, and a message about God's promises. The Spirit moved as tears flowed from both the locals and the team during times of singing and prayer. The team was like a well-calibrated machine even though it was pieced together for the first time. We were divided into groups of three, ministering to the sick, the children, and the local church leaders. The evening...
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DAY 3: The mission team arrived safely at Badeo after a nine-hour climb on Saturday. The team met with local village officials, who were very happy about our return. They talked to us about the challenges of life in their place. I shared with them the burden of fulfilling a promise made to the people of Badeo two years ago. The team spent last night planning ministry day and praying as we have been asked to deliver the message this morning. — Ace Concordia (0547 hours)
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DAY 2: The team wake-up call was 4 a.m. Last night’s Bible study was filled with blessings as all 19 climbers shared the reason why they came on “Back to Badeo.” Some had specific reasons and some were still searching in their hearts for why God had brought them here. Hopefully everyone will have an answer by the end of this mission as God has done in the past. We're getting ready to climb and maybe to have our personal encounter with God. — Ace Concordia (0415 hours)
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DAY 1: The mission team of 19 volunteers arrived safely before lunch time in Kibungan. Kolbel Acquiapat, the local C4C member, was not there to greet us. But he will be going to Badeo on Sunday to join up with the team. The team will be having a Bible study and prayer after dinner and practice for a “David and Goliath” drama for the Sunday worship in Badeo. The weather looks good, a blessing on our first day in Kibungan. — Ace Concordia (1543 hours)
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Climbing For Christ Philippines was 4 years old on Wednesday. Happy birthday, C4C Phil! That part of our body — with 187 members — will celebrate this fourth anniversary after the “Back to Badeo” mission, which begins Friday, Oct. 21. “We’ve done seven mission climbs in the last four years and we are gunning for our eighth with all lights ‘go’ for Back to Badeo,” Philippines coordinator Ace Concordia said on Wednesday. “The project box for Badeo was an overwhelming success. Praise God! Again my problem has graduated from ‘wha...
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Back to Badeo We invite you to help Climbing For Christ Philippines to fulfill its promise of returning to bring light and love to the people of Kibungan. Join our mission climb “Back to Badeo” Oct. 21-24 as we return to the village of Badeo to deliver Bibles, medicines, school supplies and the hope of Jesus Christ. Contact C4C Philippines coordinator Ace Concordia for more information about this climb. Itinerary Oct 21: 11 p.m.-4 a.m. Travel time from Manila to Baguio. 5 a.m.-10 a.m. Travel time from Baguio to Kibungan. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Arrival at Kibungan / Rest / ...
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Trip Report: A Light for Les-eng (Mission: Philippines 2011) By Ace Concordia C4C Philippines coordinator “That doesn’t look good.” This is what I told Chris Estacio as I looked at his heavily swollen right ankle. He had twisted it while climbing to our target destination Les-eng in Kibungan Benguet province. Despite knowing he would have to walk on it to get back home, Chris had a smile on his face. “Kaya ko yan, sir” (“I can do it, sir”) was his positive response to my worried look. The C4C mission team was two days away from our exit point ...
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Stumbling, slipping, and falling to the ground. This is usually what happens when we go night trekking. The darkness slows you down, and makes you doubt every step. If not for that amazing invention called a “Head Lamp,” I don’t think anyone would even consider climbing a mountain during the night. The obstacles that we encounter on the trail are magnified in their risk because of the darkness. It would be dangerous and reckless to attempt any climb without being able to see what’s ahead of you. It is literally like walking blindfolded into a minefield. Every step co...
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