13 January 2011. I went to Binungan, Dupax del Norte to visit Bishop Edgardo Docuyanan and ask if he would be willing to coordinate the Peace and Reconciliation and coffee planting seminar. I traveled with his son, Elmer, who happened to be also residing in Munoz, Nueva Ecija while studying at the Central Luzon State University.
Bishop Docuyanan, the Bishop Moderator of the Integrated Mennonite Churches of the Philippines, Inc. (IMC), gave me a warm welcome and agreed to coordinate the seminar. PBCI Field Operations Team will be in Binuangan on January 25-26 to conduct the coffee planting seminar.
After we talked, he invited me to give a message at the chapel hour of Binuangan Christian Academy (BCA) the following day (Jan 14). BCA is a secondary school that he started during the ’80s and he continues to handle until now. In fact, the number of students are increasing so they have to expand their classroom sizes. They are also praying for more teachers who have the heart and are willing to be part of this ministry of educating.
Since my audience are high school students, I shared about the hardships of being a student and how to balance academic life and Christian life. After this, as if still wanting me to stay, they invited me to join their youth fellowship the following day, and to share my testimony at their Sunday Service. Therefore, I stayed there until January 16th, Sunday.
During this trip, I was so much blessed with the simplicity of their life and their faith. On my way home, I had so much reflections and am anticipating my return there.