WHO WE ARE

Companion with the Poor is a non-profit, Christian organization that works with the poorest communities in Metro Manila by planting holistic churches that meet the spiritual and physical needs of the most marginalized in the least reached slums. CWTP partners with local churches to plant sustainable churches within two years.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature. - Eric Hoffer

STORIES FROM THE SLUMS

Missionary Profiles

Reyes, Don, Nessie, and Family

Reyes, Don, Nessie, and family

II Corinthians 5:17 says, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, all things have passed away and new things have come”. Christ’s brokenness brought wholeness in my life. I learned how to face reality in life and that I am loved and accepted in spite of who I am. I am able to walk now with my chin up and am able to look in anyone’s eyes and be not afraid. Christ has changed me and He continuously works to complete His purpose in me. He has the power to change you and the society as well.

Cubillo, Eric 1

Cubillo, Eric, Glo, and family

One Friday night, during one of our Bible studies, Pastor Dam taught us the importance of memorizing verses in the Bible, especially when sharing God’s love to others. He also shared about Acts 16:31 which says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, you and your household.” That verse struck me and gave me a burden to share the love of Christ to my relatives. So, when the opportunity arose, I shared to them the Gospel and most of them accepted Jesus into their hearts as their Lord and Savior.

Pinzon, Winston, Janette, and family

Pinzon, Winston, Janette, and family

All in all I have spent 10 years working among the poor. I became sick a few times myself. There were occasions when I would come home late at night. (Besides, my teammates and I have to raise our own support). But my heart keeps on beating for them. I believe it is the task of the Church to help the poor.

Chu, Raineer 2

Chu, Raineer, Mila, and family

I was appointed as an associate staff in student ministry work and served for ten years, including one year in China 1986. I became a lawyer in 1981 and later specialized in taxation law. I got married in 1987. I changed direction of ministry to urban poor communities after exposure with Viv Grigg. Since 1990, after the birth of my second son, I went into full time ministry.

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Limjoco, Joji, Connie, and family

Our vision in CWTP is “A sustainable church in every slum.” I also want to work hands on with the vision of Companion with the Poor to plant holistic church communities that have a preschool, cooperative, and a livelihood project to help finance the church, and to pioneer new faith communities in partnership with the local church to which the urban poor church eventually belongs.

Galang, Jojo, Abril, and family

Galang, Jojo, April, and family

I was in grade school when I first heard the story about Jesus and His love for me through a group of Filipino missionaries in our community. In 1990 at Lupang-Pangako, Payatas, Quezon City, I surrendered and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. After college, I got involved with an urban poor church at Payatas as youth Pastor, and the director of an evangelistic youth camp. This helps me grow in faith. Then in 2005, I became a missionary of Companion with the poor (formerly Mission Ministries Philippines).

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Padilla, Ramon, Evelyn, and family

I am Pastor Ramon D. Padilla, a church planter with Companion With the Poor (formerly part of Mission Ministries Philippines) since its inception in 2000. I‘m 42 yrs. of age and married to Evelyn Cabatuando Padilla. We are blessed with three sons and one daughter. Namely Mark Nathaniel 13 years old, Leonard Daniel 11 years old, Janiyah Kate 3 years old and Carlos Gabriel 2 years old.

Encomio, Flor 1

Encomio, Flor

Now that I have a relationship with God, my life is more meaningful than ever before. I found it is a joy to serve Him in many ways. A turning point happened in April 1995 when I attended a Youth Camp. During that camp the preacher challenged us to give ourselves to full time ministry. Although I wasn’t sure about my feelings during that time, I accepted the challenge.

Cotanas, Ely 1

Cotanas, Ely, Lourdes, and family

In January 2007, I joined Companion with the Poor (formerly Mission Ministries Philippines). It’s been nine years now since I became a full time urban poor missionary and church planter. In that time I have grown deeper in my devotion to obey the Lord. My life changes every day as He uses me for His purpose to bless the poor.

Quinones, Godjell 2

Quinones, Godjell, Anne, and family

Before I was a Christian, people called me “Christ,” because I worked in the cock-fighting arena as the person who was at the center and asked for money for the two fighting cocks. That was during my high school and college days. I received God as my personal Lord and Savior June 18, 2006.