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.



Missionary Profiles

Severa, Ronnel, Julie, and family

I am the fifth among eight siblings. My father was a soldier while I was growing up and I experienced a lot of hardship, especially in my studies. I graduated high school in 1979 at Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo High School. After graduation I enroll in college at Central Colleges of the Philippines (CCP) but I stopped schooling due to financial difficulties in my family.

Besmonte, Sonny, Grace, and family

Someone said “Life is like a coin and you can only spend it once.” Because of this I want to spend my life for what will only give eternal meaning and significance.

Valeriano, Bart, Sheila, and family

After I graduated from a 2 year Technical course when I was 18, I worked in Acbel Polytech Phil’s as as an Assembly and Test Operator for seven years. There I met my lovely wife who also worked there as a process engineer. In 2006 she went to Japan for three years to work in an Electronics company. In her stay there, she became a Born-again Christian through a Bible Study. The Lord used her to share the Gospel to me.

Lamar, McLloyd, Jenny, and family

In 2007, I took a job with Center for Community Transformation Cooperative (CCT) as Project Assistant. But still the conviction and the calling was always there knocking at the door of my heart. In 2009, because of my compassion for the lost, I decided to pursue my dreams and ambition to serve the Lord in full time ministry…In 2010, God lead me to Companion With the Poor who I have been working with all the way until today.

Samontanez, Jeff, Ana Cecelia, and family

In those years (before becoming a Christian), my aloneness was very hard for me. There were times I was sleeping at the bus station because I didn’t have a place to rest. I had experienced working in a house as a house boy, working in a bakery shop, working in a printing shop, etc. The year 2000 was a big turning point in my life. This is when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior through M.V Doulos ship who happened to be in Manila port area. As I entered the ship I felt a un-explainable peace in my heart.

Maaghop, Moises, Christina, and family

Since June, 2010 I have been involved with Companion With the Poor. I attended and finished the 6 months training, and have been planting churches ever since. As of now I am a team leader in my area area. We’re church planting among the poor and within two years we will finish it. As of now I’m doing the youth discipleship training and at the same time I teach them how to worship our God in a proper way.

Sabalza, Mike, Donna, and family

I grew up in a Christian family; my elder sister was the first to know our Lord Jesus Christ. I was five years old then. In 1987 the whole family accepted Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. I was 15 years old. Eight years later my father received the calling to be a Pastor. In 2001 after I graduated from high school I decided to follow my father’s footsteps and enroll at Evangel Bible College in Daraga, Albay.

Escopete, Mary Ann, Jonar, and family

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.

Boot, Marcelo, Chiqui

I joined CWTP as a volunteer in 2007 while studying at Asian Theological Seminary under the MATUL program. My volunteer experiences in working with the urban poor gave me and my wife joy; no words could describe it. In 2010 I decided to apply as a missionary. The decision came after working in the secular world for almost twenty-nine years but still longing for something only God could fill in.

Esquierda, Ligaya, Ronie, and family

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!