United Methodist Church, South and North District, Ilocos Sur Payatas A, Quezon City-Payatas Day Care & Feeding Center IRM Taguig, Beyond Our Walls Ministry God Our Savior Grace-Bohol Dingalan Christian…
Bunhian Medical Station, otherwise known as the Hilgendorf Memorial Clinic (HMC) started in 1973. I was traveling through Bagabag one day after the completion of my residency training in surgery searching out a place where my wife and I could do some medical missionary. He told me of an Ifugao group in one of the remote areas of the province needing medical help. I told him I was not making any promise since I did not have any finances to start any clinic or medical work but said that if the Ifugaos in the area would build an air strip, I would be willing to come and make a survey. The people built the strip in three days. This started the ball rolling.
Visiting a pure Manobo village like Misulong for our scheduled immunization was indeed a real struggle of adjustment for me. Misulong is 70 kilometers from Tagpopoot, via Maniki and Sto. Nino, by jeep and motorbike. It is populated by the Talaingod Manobo tribe. To reach Misulong, you either have to climb a steep path for 1 ½ kilometer or hike 3 kilometers along the main road. We brought a lot of baggage for our medical outreach: vaccine carrier, medicines, food supplies and personal things… so I requested the Manobo men to help carry some of them. One Manobo church elder tried his best to help us, in spite of his fractured right arm and a 2 year old child he was carrying. He requested his friends to help too. To my surprise, they were not listening! So, we tried our best to carry everything. Deep inside, I was so discouraged and disappointed with what I observed. To think that we were going to their village to help them out! If this is their attitude, I decided then and made up my mind not to visit Misulong anymore! (more…)
Initially the worker enters the field equipped with the professional degree garnered after 5 to 10 years of sweating in college plus of course her desire to manifest her obedience and desire to follow the Lord through missions. Significantly each has his own set of ideas regarding mission work depending on personal experience and spiritual background. Being used to attending church within the four walls of a big chapel, with its highly organized sets of activities and personnel, the warm fellowship, and familiar faces, she now finds herself a jack of all trades not only on the spiritual field but in numerous areas as well.