Nationality: Filipino. Occupation: Freelance voice artist, children’s book author. Missions with C4C: Philippines 2011 (Feb., June & Oct.), 2012 (March, May, July & Nov.), 2013 (March & Sept.) and 2014 (March).
How long have you climbed? Since 2008. Type of climbing you do: Trekking. Highlight of climbing career: Survived getting lost for 18 hours on a search-and-rescue training. Parts of it without food and water.
How long have you been a Christian? Since 2010. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Worship team.
Favorite Scripture verse (and why): Romans 12:... Read more »
Ace Concordia, teaching in Tacadang.
Nationality: Filipino. Occupation: Businessman. Missions with C4C: Indonesia 2012, and 15 expeditions in the Philippines from 2008-2013.
How long have you climbed? 10-plus years. Type of climbing you do: Hiking, trekking. Highlight of climbing career: Reaching the village of Tacadang on the first mission climb in the Philippines on July 31, 2008.
How long have you been a Christian? Sept. 15, 1991. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Climbing For Christ.
Favorite Scripture verse (and why): Joshua 1:1-9. The Lord gave ... Read more »
On June 27, 2007, Adreian “Ace” Concordia of Las Pinas City joined Climbing For Christ. “In my country, the Philippines, it's very rare I get to climb with fellow Christians,” he wrote in an introductory e-mail. “How I wish there was an organization like yours here.”
Climbing For Christ president Gary Fallesen replied: “You said you wished there was an organization like ours in the Philippines. Well, there is. You are a member of Climbing For Christ living there, so you can start to grow this ministry there. (We have one other Philippine member from M... Read more »
C4C members trekking toward Dalipey.
As I was sharing my testimony on ministry day in Dalipey, I used the story of the Bridge Master. When I got to the part where I talked about a train, the people there gave me a curious stare. Then I realized it was because many of them didn’t know what a train was.
It’s often easy to forget that those who live in this remote mountain village in North Luzon, Philippines have a different view of the world. They are not aware of so many things that we take for granted.
Life in Dalipey is as simple as it gets: people turn to farming and liv... Read more »
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... Read more »
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... Read more »
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) Read more »
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) Read more »
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) Read more »
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... Read more »
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.
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 / ... Read more »
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 ... Read more »
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... Read more »
Date: June 6-16.
Purpose: Return trek to Tacadang, worship and fellowship with three local church leaders, conduct medical and children’s ministry, and survey neighboring villages.
Cost: Estimated at US$500, excluding airfare to Manila. Costs include transportation, food and hotel accomodations in Manila, round-trip transportation to Kibungan, and food for the trek. Read more »