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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

Taguig Team- December 2017

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some of the recipients of gift pack

Ministry Highlights

Strategic Planning. A very significant part to start the ministry is the strategic plan. It gives a clear picture of current situation and direction to the team where and how to go to our destination. In the process we identified our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that reminded us to be humble and dependent to the Holy Spirit. Our vision is “a sustainable church that glorifies God and makes disciples”. Concrete vision and mission statements are vital considering the presence of Muslim residents in the ministry area. It is challenging for the team to reach out the leaders of fourteen (14) Home Owners Associations (HOA) in Purok 5. We were blessed because Pastor Onie Avante, National Director of Christ Jesus Our Life (CJOL), and Pastor Larry Tomines, South Area Director of CJOL, participated in our strategic planning. We are grateful for both of them are with us at the ministry area once a week to minister to the team and the poor.

Meeting with the HOA Leaders. We were grateful to meet the respected leaders of AL-RICH VILLE Home Owners Association. They were Alma, the wife of the HOA President, and Elvie, the Vice President. They have been very accommodating, friendly and reliable leaders. They allowed us to use their multi-purpose hall for team meetings and other future events. In the photo, you will see in our back a 300sqm vacant lot for sale, Php150,000.00 every 50sqm. Our team is now praying to acquire that lot for the church building. The lot owner is the HOA President. By the way, Ryan Martens (in green) visited us to see if the area is possible for their Muslim ministry.

Gift Giving. There were one hundred (100) families who received a gift pack from the anonymous donors. They were contacts of Pastor Onie Avante. The recipients were selected residents from three (3) different HOA who were at the same time respondents during the community survey. They also gave another one hundred (100) gift packs for the CJOL church at Arinai, Taytay. One of the churches planted in partnership of CWTP and CJOL back in 2008. Aside from giving gifts, our goal was to introduce to the people who we are and what we do in their community.

Key Objectives Next Month
 To follow up contacts for possible Bible study group, projecting 5 groups starting January 2018.
 To visit those who received gift packs and minister to them.
 Talk to the owner of for sale lot to give us big discounts.

Prayer Concerns
1. 100sqm lot for the church building and fund amounting to Php300,000.00
2. Leading of the Holy Spirit and good health of the team
3. Safe and healthy delivery of Sis. April Galang, wife of Bro. Jojo Galang on the 4th week of January to 1st week of February 2018