Today is the season of harvest for the A/G Philippines. A total thirty one (32) enthusiastic department head directors, district missions directors, pastors and applicants for cross-cultural missions participated at the second short term missionary training held at the World Missions Training Hall of PGCAG headquarters in Malinta, Valenzuela City. The participants started to come as early as May 16 and will stay until May 28.
The Institute of Missions Basics is one of the programs launched by PGCAG World Missions Department to fulfil the mandate of the Lord to the church to disciple the nations. It supports the vision of One Job Samahang Misyon to empower the local churches of the A/G. The goal of the institute is to provide orientation to A/G people regarding our missions’ conviction and at the same time share the opportunities opened to the A/G in the arena of cross-cultural missions.
One of the uniqueness of IMB is that it was developed by the A/G and for the A/G. This doesn’t restrict us to accept non-A/Gs in the program. Besides, classroom instructions, the IMB participants will have an actual taste of cross-cultural missions exposure in Zambales among the Aetas. The trainors and facilatators are all A/G missionaries or symphathetic to the A/G practices and values.
Last year, a pilot missions’ training was held at Immanuel Bible College, Cebu City with nine participants from Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao City, and Compostela Valley. Districts which joined this initial training include District Missions Directors from SEMDC and SMDC. Seven of the nine participants are now on the field; five are in Cambodia while the remaining two visited the Middle East and China.
At this time, these highly motivated participants include three national department heads representing Women’s Ministries, Christian Education, and National Youth Departments. Three District Directors came from NLDC, NORCEMIN, and STDC. Several pastors joined in the first three days of the two-week training. The 16 cross-cultural missionaries in attendance came from Lagawe in Ifugao, La Trinidad in Benguet, Metro Manila, San Pedro in Laguna, Mariveles in Bataan, Cagayan De Oro, Matling in Lanao del Sur, Davao City are applying for recognition to serve either under Project Barnabas (one year service) or for long term cross-cultural missions service. As soon as they are trained they will be encouraged to look for a strong home church based to support them in the God chosen field for each of them. (A. Visca)