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.



Escopete, Mary Ann, Jonar, and family

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Children: Hadassah, Trinity, and Aliyaah Praise.

Mary Ann’s Journey:

I am the second of five siblings. I came from a poor family. I grew up in Payatas (known as a dump site area). When I was in grade school, I always had nightmares. That’s why I wanted to be near God so that I could avoid nightmares. I always attended church services and then I accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and savior when I was in second year high school.

Around that time I became a Sunday school teacher for the children in our church. During my summers, I also taught kids in vacation bible school. I also help out at youth camps, and I lead praise and worship in my church. I took a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in Polytechnic University of the Philippines (Sta. Mesa Branch) and graduated in April, 1999. I was involved in campus ministry while studying at PUP. After graduation, I volunteered in church planting for six months. In 2001, I took a Graduate Diploma in Urban Ministry in Asian Theological Seminary. While finishing my graduate diploma, I joined and worked in Companion With the Poor as their secretary and bookkeeper. I also studied in Lilok and got in Certificate in Youth Work.

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