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In April 2014, an MVNZ team led by Andrew (MVNZ Director), along with friends from Manila, helped Ps Danny Macuha (MVPhilippines) to run a Young Leaders’ Training camp on Mindoro Island in The Philippines for 198 youth and 25 pastors.  The team ran leadership workshops for the young leaders and the pastors, some of whom lost their houses and churches during Typhoon Haiyan in Nov ’13.

Although the camp was organised to train young leaders, many of them brought along their non-Christian friends.  We showed the Jesus Film in the local Tagalog language and organised special sessions for them to learn more about Jesus.  We’ve since heard that 29 of the young people were baptised in their home churches immediately after the camp!

After the camp, we drove into the hills to meet Pastor Wenie in his home village of Sablayan.  Blinded in one eye through a farming accident, he is now faithfully pastoring a church that is reaching out to the community around them.

Andrew and Danny then flew to Mindanao Island to visit Philip Gonzales (also MVPhilippines) who established the Agape Christian Training Centre and an elementary school, where Andrew was able to hand over 2 laptop PCs kindly donated by Northcross church members. They were also joined by Rolly Vasey, another MVPhilippines co-worker, based in Cebu.

Around 30 pastors who had previously trained as church-planters at the seminary travelled for up to 12 hours by bus or trike from across the island for a Pastors’ Conference and to encourage each other through sharing their experiences.