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.



Pastor Sonny Team- September 2017


Pugad Ibon Community.

Ministry Highlights

Last September 12, Ptr. Sonny Besmonte and Ptr. Ramon Padilla, our South Field Director,  together with the workers from potential partner under Conservative Baptist Association of the Philippines – Cavite (CBAP), visited one area in Kawit and two areas in Bacoor, Cavite.  The first one was in Pugad Ibon, Barangay Sta. Isabel, Kawit, Cavite. The community has 1000 household with more than 2000 families, most of the houses are made of light materials, and some of the people’s jobs are construction worker, factory worker and fisherman (they are in a coastal area). There is no church inside the community which made it a good prospect for new church planting.  While the other two areas in Bacoor, Cavite already have Christian church inside the community, so it is not possible to plant a church there.

Last September 26, 2017, some CWTP Executive Committee members (ExeComm) joined the team in going back to the potential area in Pugad Ibon, Bgy. Sta. Isabel, together with the potential partner church represented by Ptr. Mon Advincula and their full-time worker, Ptra.   Roma Sischen. After that scheduled visit and meeting with potential church partner, the Execomm finally approved this new ministry area. The partner was very excited to start the ministry in the community with the team.

God is good all time and all the time God is good. Thank God for continuous provision to our family needs and for sustaining the strength of our bodies. The team will start the new area ministry in Kawit, Cavite this coming October. We are now preparing the partnership agreement between the CBAP-Cavite, with Ptr. Mon Advincula, and Companion With The Poor.

Prayer concerns

1. God’s provision for the team, good health, strength and readiness to start planting a new church.
2. For our partner church, CBAP, to adopt our lectio divina, and silent retreat prayer.
3. The needs of our families, Php50,000 amount of tuition fee for the two college students of Ptr. Sonny this coming second semester,  Sis. Queenie and Sis. Oseth’s ministry budget Php5,000 each per month.