Around this time of year a Bible college from California goes to Mindanao for what has become an annual tribal church building trip. This past month, however, MCN had the privilege of orchestrating a very unique church building project in Gupitan, Kapalong, Davao del Norte. Not only did EPIC Bible College from Sacramento, California bring a team, but also Bible Training Center from Kyushu, Japan, and Mount Moriah Tribal Training School from Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines brought students from their colleges as well. Together these three colleges not only built but also funded the entire Dibabaon tribal church building project.
Under the direction of MCN director Roger Tompkins, the teams were truly able to experience Dibabaon life. They not only slept in homes of gracious church members, but bathed in their water tanks, ate their food, and even swam with them in their beautiful waterfalls. Many of the students also attended a daily Dawn Watch service from 4-5:30 am held by a few local churches.
It was quite an incredible experience for them working alongside people who are striving toward the same goal in ministry. Although coming from miles apart, it was apparent that there was a common thread among all three groups of students. One Lord! One Spirit! One mission! “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…” (Matt. 28:19). Every student came to build a church, but left with an even greater understanding of missions and God’s redemptive movement throughout the world.
Californian Team (EBC) – Monida Brown, Alejandro Chavez, Alex Williams, Mark Gilkey, Gary Applegate, Amanda Orozco, and Daniel Orozco
Japanese Team (BTC) – Joshua Seumune, Kinuko Nagano, Mami Nakamura, Yoji Nakamura, Minako Nagai, Nozomi Nomitsu, Yushi Nomitsu, Misato Numata, Hitomi Soejima, Eiichi Morofuji, Susan Kaylor, Pastor Robert Kaylor
Filipino Team (MMTTS) – Jomar Lingala, Ardel Lingala, Ariel Samoc