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Mission: Philippines 2012
Mission: Philippines 2012

The Word

“But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”
— Matthew 5:34-37 (NIV)

Expedition

Mission: Philippines 2012

GO!

Join us in 2012 as we prepare for four mission climbs to the remote villages of Dalipey, Bekes, Culiang, Tacadang, Les-eng, and Badeo.

» Dalipey (March 2-6, 2012) Click here
» Survey Climb: Bekes/Culiang (May 18-21, 2012) Click here
» Tacadang and Les-eng (July 20-26, 2012) Click here
» Badeo (Nov. 15-20, 2012)

Estimated cost: US$75 per person in-country. This does not include airfare to/from Manila, Philippines and a financial gift to support the work of Mission: Philippines in Kibungan.

E-mail info@ClimbingForChrist.org to request a mission application.

 

Promise Keepers

By Ace Concordia
Coordinator, C4C Philippines

The children were sitting on the edge of walls made out of rock. Behind them, men and women, old and young were standing looking down on us as we approached their village. As we reached the top of the ladder that is the entrance to the village, we saw what was written on a day-care center blackboard: “Welcome Climbing For Christ Mission.” This was the scene as we made our first steps into the village of Les-eng in June 2011.

The people of Les-eng greeted us with smiles and open hearts. They laughed with us and listened to our message. It was an atmosphere born out of years of waiting for help to come to their distant and impoverished community. Our presence encouraged the two church leaders of the village to say to us, “Please promise us that you will return.”

I looked both of them in the eye, and said: “Yes, we promise to return.”

It was not without consideration for the difficulty of reaching this village that I gave my assurance. I confirmed their request because I knew it was also a promise from God that has gotten me this far in my life and ministry.

Climbing For Christ has continued to fulfill its promise to the people of Kibungan through eight mission climbs. More than anything, we fulfill our promises because we see that God fulfils His promises to us.

Fulfilling your promise reveals what’s truly in your heart. It is so easy for us to lose sight of our commitment to God and His work when we return to our normal lives and get preoccupied with existence.

The Bible speaks of the importance of fulfilling the promises we have made before God. And we have all at one time or more in our lives made a commitment to Him. Some may have been accomplished, but many may still remain unfulfilled.

A rock climber cannot climb a difficult route without someone to belay him. If the belayer strays from his duty, it will result in tragedy. That’s why climbers choose only those who are committed to the goal to become part of the climb.

God has given His commitment by sacrificing His Son as the ultimate testament to His determination in His plan of salvation. What he needs are those who will also commit to Him and His mission. But in the midst of the chaos of living, our commitments remain unfulfilled.

I write this to remind my brothers and sisters, you promised to support the ministry, you promised to pray for the ministry, you promised to go to the mission field. Just remember: you promised.

We invite you to help C4C Philippines to fulfill its promise of returning to bring the light and love of Jesus Christ to the people of Kibungan, a mountainous municipality in the province of Benguet on the northern island of Luzon.

The Word

“But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” — Matthew 5:34-37 (NIV)

Posted Aug. 22, 2011

HIStory

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.&rdq...
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Rory Morales-Gutierrez

Nationality: Filipino. Occupation: Designer/media missionary. Missions with C4C: Philippines 2012 (March & July), 2013 (March) and 2014 (March). How long have you climbed? Since November 2011. Type of climbing you do: Casual. Highlight of climbing career: Mount Apo, January 2013 (he proposed!). How long have you been a Christian? Slooooow process, since birth. (Christian family). Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: MediaLightasia.com. Favorite Scripture verse (and why): Lamentations 3:21-23. “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord&rs... Read more »

Gutch Gutierrez

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 »

Adreian "Ace" Concordia

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 »

DISPATCHES: Philippines (Nov. 2012)

Monday, Nov. 19 "The team has arrived in La Union. Praise God for the success of the mission!" - Ace Concordia (2004 hours) "Praise God. Nine-hour traverse and we're at our jump off point to Ligway, La Union, our last stop. Successful mission climb." - Kz Abesamis (1556 hours) "The team leaves at 6 a.m. today headed for home with the joy of serving God and stories of His great deeds!" - Ace Concordia (0434 hours) Sunday, Nov. 18 "To God be the glory for a successful mission day! The medical team was able to see 38 patients. Each patient was prayed for by a C4C prayer team. Many childre... Read more »

DISPATCH: Philippines (Monday, Nov. 19)

"The team has arrived in La Union. Praise God for the success of the mission!" - Ace Concordia (2004 hours) "Praise God. Nine-hour traverse and we're at our jump off point to Ligway, La Union, our last stop. Successful mission climb." - Kz Abesamis (1556 hours) "The team leaves at 6 a.m. today headed for home with the joy of serving God and stories of His great deeds!" - Ace Concordia (0434 hours) Read more »

DISPATCH: Philippines (Sunday, Nov. 18)

"To God be the glory for a successful mission day! The medical team was able to see 38 patients. Each patient was prayed for by a C4C prayer team. Many children participated in the children's ministry games, songs and story telling. The Kankanaey Bible survey was attended by four leaders of different churches in Badeo. The team has just finished sharing about what God has done today and are resting for tomorrow's climb to exit via La Union. Praise God for today's victory!" - Ace Concordia (2245 hours) "The team is breaking for lunch after a successful ecumenical service attended by more than... Read more »

DISPATCH: Philippines (Saturday, Nov. 17)

“The first mission team arrived at 3:20 p.m. and the second team composed of Doc Joja and Kz arrived at 4:30 p.m. completing the eight-person team for tomorrow's mission day! Praise God for their safety, please pray for the team as they minister to the people of Badeo!” – Ace Concordia (1641 hours) “The team leaves today for the jump off polis junction at 5am to start the trek to Badeo.” – Ace Concordia (0415 hours) "Doc Joja and me arrived 4am in Baguio and are now with Kolbel on their way to Kibungan. We'll try to catch up with the team who is 3 hours ah... Read more »

DISPATCH: Philippines (Friday, Nov. 16)

“The team arrived in Kibungan at 10 a.m. They were visited by the teachers of the villages of Badeo and Mogcao, who were in Poblacion for a youth sports fest. The team took the opportunity to conduct their survey regarding the Kankanaey Bible. They all acknowledged that they have no Kankanaey Bibles, only Ilocano and English. They all expressed their desire to have one to better understand God's Word and to teach the current generation of children the mother tongue of the Kankanaey. The teachers also received gifts from C4C members and food for the school Christmas party. The team is get... Read more »

Mission Moment: Philippines (Oct. 22, 2012)

Ace Concordia, C4C Philippines coordinator, reported on a meeting with Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) on Friday, Oct. 12: "We were joined by Doc Jo Cordero for this meeting. We were met by one of their Academic Publications Coordinators, Sue McQuay, and her Filipino counterpart Mila. They were very accommodating and the meeting started with us giving a testimony about the ministry of Climbing For Christ worldwide and how C4C started in the Philippines. After that they brought out from their library the only Kankanaey Bible they had left in their archive. "I am not joking when I say my... Read more »

HIStory

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 »

The Healer

Dr. Jo, right, with a patient in Tacadang. “So how are you today?” asks a smiling Dr. Jo Cordero as he ministers to patients during the July mission climb to the village of Tacadang in the mountains of Kibungan. It is the third mission climb for Jo as a member of C4C. He is no stranger to medical missions because he has taken part in many of them in his medical career. But during a personal conversation with Jo before the mission climb to Tacadang he shared with me how the Lord has changed his heart regarding what true healing is all about. Jo graduated from his medical cours... Read more »

Mission: Philippines 2012

GO! Join us in 2012 as we prepare for four mission climbs to the remote villages of Dalipey, Bekes, Culiang, Tacadang, Les-eng, and Badeo. » Dalipey (March 2-6, 2012) Click here » Survey Climb: Bekes/Culiang (May 18-21, 2012) Click here » Tacadang and Les-eng (July 20-26, 2012) Click here » Badeo (Nov. 15-20, 2012) Estimated cost: US$75 per person in-country. This does not include airfare to/from Manila, Philippines and a financial gift to support the work of Mission: Philippines in Kibungan. E-mail info@ClimbingForChrist.org to request a mission application. &n... Read more »

Tacadang Traverse

Mission: Philippines 2012 (The Tacadang Traverse) By Ace Concordia C4C Philippines coordinator Climbing For Christ will conduct its third Evangelic Expedition in the Philippines in 2012 by returning to the villages of Tacadang and Les-eng from July 20 to 26. This climb, dubbed the “Tacadang Traverse,” will be a trek across the Kibungan mountain range starting from Poblacion Kibungan and exiting via La Union province. How you can be part of this great adventure: PRAY! We ask for your support by praying for the mission team and our goal to bring Bibles, medicines and schoo... Read more »

No Invitation Required

Survey Climb: Bekes/Culiang Trip Report (Mission: Philippines 2012) By Ace Concordia C4C Philippines coordinator “We did not send you an invitation to visit us, and yet you came. You are an answer to our prayers!” Pastor Samuel Bandas said, as he delivered a message at the worship of the UCCP church in Bekes on Sunday, May 20. Pastor Samuel had served as a minister in Kibungan for many years. He suffered a stroke a few years back and was using crutches to walk. He considers it God’s miracle that he was able to recover and now can function normally again. He was vibrant ... Read more »

Thursday, May 17

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,... Read more »

Going a little farther

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... Read more »

Destination: Dalipey Trip Report

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... Read more »

Tuesday, March 6

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) Read more »

Sunday, March 4

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) Read more »

Sunday, March 4

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) Read more »

Saturday, March 3

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) Read more »

Saturday, March 3

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) Read more »

Friday, March 2

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) Read more »

Thursday, March 1

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) Read more »

Destination Dalipey: Not an Option

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... Read more »

Country: Philippines

Location: Southeastern Asia, archipelago between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, and east of Vietnam. Area: 300,000 square kilometers. Terrain: Mostly mountains with narrow to extensive coastal lowlands. Highest point: Mount Apo (9,692 feet/2954 meters). Population: 97,976,603. There are 190 people groups in the Philippines; 21 are counted among the “least reached” people groups of the world.Life expectancy: 71.09 years. Largest people groups: Tagalog (28.1 percent), Cebuano (13.1), Ilocano (9), Bisaya/Binisaya (7.6), ... Read more »
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