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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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STORIES FROM THE SLUMS

Halang Naic, Cavite Team – January 2018

Youth Meeting facilitated by Sis. Joyce Dispulo (black shirt)

Ministry Highlights

Potential Ministry Partner. Last January 6 our ministry area in Naic was one of the areas in Cavite visited by Ptr. Mark Teyler and his family guided by Companion with the Poor leaders. They were from Three Crosses Church-U.S.A. For them to know more about the community, they conducted an interview with our Partner Pastor, Ptra. Bernadette Batiancila. It’s been a privilege for the team and the church members to welcome visitors in the community.

Team Meeting and Fellowship with Church Elders. Every team member and church elder present during this very moment (January 11, 2018) has been greatly encouraged and challenged by the team leader, Ptr. Ramon Padilla, to be united and serve one another through strengthening the foundation of each other’s relationship as followers of Jesus Christ.

Bread for free. We are blessed to have free bread from a bakeshop — Breadtalk. All unsold bread of the day is being picked up by Ptr. Reggie Garcia during the store’s closing time (every Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays). It’s a big help for our ministry every Sunday to feed the kids and the church volunteer workers. Let’s continue to pray for Breadtalk to be more blessed.

First Youth Meeting. After Sunday Worship service last January 28, the youths were gathered for a meeting facilitated by Sis. Joyce Dispulo. It was a time to continue building relationship with them in a personal level. Also, it helped them identify their needs in the youth ministry and suggest action plans to meet such needs.

Health and Socio-Economic Community Survey. The team was grateful for the barangay officials’ approval to conduct this health and socio-economic community survey. We have been blessed as well with a blueprint copy of Site Development Plan at Bronze Ville and Belmont Homes provided by the locally based National Housing Authority – Engineering Department. There were almost two thousand (2,000) families in the entire community.

We started the day with Lectio Divina at 8:00am and went on to the orientation proper.
The workers from our church partner, Jesus Intercessor’s Baptist Church (JIBC)-Imus, were present to help us conduct the said community survey. They were all excited because it was their first time to experience this kind of ministry. After the survey, they felt the pain and struggle on how hard for the people in the community to live with lack of income sources.

The said community was very receptive. Many of them were interested to attend home Bible Study. Wide variety of people groups there came from Wawa Bacoor, Cavite, Las Pinas and Pasay. The scenario in the community — yes, they have concrete houses, free from danger zones, however they hardly survive due to less access to nearby job opportunities.

Prayer Concerns

1. Wisdom for our Strategic Planning as we seek for God’s leading and plan for Naic
2. The families that opened their houses and allowed us to conduct Bible Study
3. Pray for the team — physical health, emotional and spiritual strength, God’s provision for daily ministry and family needs