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.



Esquierda, Ligaya, Ronie, and family

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Ligaya’s Journey:

I am Ligaya Esquierda. I am 40 years old and am living in San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal. I am originally from the province of Davao City. I grew up in a non-Christian family with parents who were not believers. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior at the age of 24, then got married to Ronie Esquierda at the age of 26. He is a driver and a strong Christian. We are also blessed with two children.

In 2008, I started doing ministry at God’s Creation Full Gospel Global Ministry located in Payatas alongside Pastora Lety Mamaclay. During this time I was trained in door-to-door evangelism and house-to-house Bible studies in the Payatas area. Soon after that we planted a new church in San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal. Though I don’t have a background in Bible school, I have undergone discipleship training in my home church, and also now with Companion With the Poor and the Foundation for Christian Leadership (FCL).

Though the ministry has at time been hard for me, I am thankful for the challenges and know that God has a plan and purpose for sending me as a missionary. Through the leaders in CWTP and my local church, God has helped me develop my self-confidence in order to share the good news of Jesus with other people. I am currently assigned in San Isidro with our team leader, Pastor Moises Maaghop. I am thankful that God is using me in this ministry and for being able to be part of the CWTP family. To God be the glory!


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