LET’S CELEBRATE JESUS’ BIRTH BY LOVING THE CREATOR AND BY SERVING PEOPLE

Mary, a strong revolutionary woman, gave birth to Jesus, a Palestinian Jewish boy. His birth was graced with the presence of Arab wisemen. His family was a trans-continental refugee escaping a cowardly tyrant who massacred children. He grew up and established a community that incarnates Love and Peace. Energized by the Spirit of the Creator, this community replicated itself around the world through the centuries.

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UAE-BASED ‘FORUM FOR PROMOTING PEACE’ HONORS CHIEF MINISTER EBRAHIM AND BISHOP TENDERO

Abu Dhabi, 09-11 December 2019 — H.E. Dr. Mohammad Al Kaabi (Chairman of the Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, UAE), and H.E. Abdallah bin Mahfudh ibn Bayyah (President of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies) honored Al Haj Ahod ‘Murad’ Ebrahim (Chief Minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) and Bishop Efraim Tendero (Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance) for their inter-faith peacebuilding contributions in southern Philippines. The awards were presented before the 500+ political, religious, and civil society leaders from 80 countries during the 6th Assembly of the Forum for Promoting Peace, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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LAKAN SHARES COMMUNITY POWER-SHARING EXPERIENCES AT THE 8TH PEPP SUMMIT

04-06 December 2019. Our ‘Ama,’ Lakan Sumulong was invited to speak at the 8th Ecumenical Church Leaders Summit of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP). He shared the experiences of PBCI-CFP Inclusive Development Team on how to discern, recognize, and amplify the inherent powers of the people. The theme of the 2019 PEPP Summit was “Being a Church for Transformative Peace in this Very Challenging Times.” It was held at the YC James Yen Center, International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Silang, Cavite.

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PBCI BOARD AND VOLUNTEERS DELIVERED RELIEF PACKS TO 120 EARTHQUAKE-AFFECTED FAMILIES

The Board of Trustees (BOT) participated in the PBCI-CFP Tribe’s initial response to the needs of the earthquake-affected families in Sitio Malipayon, Barangay Managa, Municipality of Bansalan, Province of Davao del Sur. The primary objective is to listen directly to the voice of the people on the ground. This will help the BOT to sharpen their policies and sensitivity as PBCI-CFP Tribe implement relief, rehabilitation, and reconstruction responses that are contextually appropriate.

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PHILRADS RESPONDED TO HELP 1,000+ EARTHQUAKE-AFFECTED FAMILIES IN ILOMAVIS

07 November 2019. The Field Operations Team of PeaceBuilders Community, led by Sihaya Ansibod, accompanied the team from the Philippine Relief And Development Services, Inc. (PhilRaDS) and delivered 1,000+ SphereStandard Relief Packs to the earthquake-affected families in Ilomavis who mostly belong to the Obo Manobo Indigenous People from Sayaban area. This is in response to the call of Datu Federico Sia of the Obo Manobo Tribal Council and Divina Sillador of the Mahomanoy Mountain Resort.

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CENTRAL MINDANAO IS BEING SHAKEN BY A SERIES OF POWERFUL EARTHQUAKES

We need help! We’ve been experiencing a series of earthquakes. Magnitude 6.3 last 16 October. Magnitude 6.6 last 29 October. Magnitude 6.5 last 31 October. 22 people died. 420 were injured. The earthquakes were tectonic, not volcanic — we’re not worried about Mt. Apo erupting. There have been no tsunami threat — the epicenter is inland. The series of earthquake occurrences, according to experts, are being caused by interacting faults, adjusting to each other’s movements.

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‘PBCI-CFP TRIBE’ PARTICIPATES IN THE TALAANDIG INDIGENOUS CELEBRATION

12-13 October 2019, Talaandig Ancestral Territory — It was a blessing to be a participant in a series of Talaandig rituals, a gathering together as a people before the Creator for worship. It was a time to ask for the Creator’s mercy, grace, forgiveness, and blessings to the people and to the land. It was a time to affirm, as one people, the harmonious relationship between the Creator, the people, and the whole creation — wherein the spiritual and the physical realities interplay in the same realm.

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PAR VALUES WORK IN OUR INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURIAL TASKS

Our Inclusive Development and Social Entrepreneurial endeavors are framed in Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Principles. PAR is the heart of all our field activities and the energizer behind the enthusiasm of our employees and volunteers. PAR is the set of values that brings cohesion and sustainability among the community leaders, farming partners, and organizations with whom we’re working. PAR is the motivating factor behind the awards and recognition we’ve been receiving as PBCI-CFP Tribe.

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INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES WITH OBO MANOBO AND ENERGY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION TAKES OFF

The Obo Manobo Tribal Council, in partnership with the Corporate Social Responsibility Division of Energy Development Corporation, invited the PBCI-CFP IncluDev Team to conduct a series of training seminars in Inclusive Development, Financial Management, Sustainable Agricultural Enterprise, Quality Coffee Processing, and Coffee Marketing. The participants in this 6-month program are key farmers, forestry specialists, and traditional tribal leaders.

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SIHAYA ANSIBOD SOLIDIFIES INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT NETWORK IN CENTRAL MINDANAO

10-13 September 2019. Sihaya Ansibod, our Director of Field Operations, invited me to travel with her team. First, we met with our partners among the Erumanen Ne Menuvu tribe on Mt. Agkir-Agkir. Then we visited the Iranun coffee farmers in Alamada who invited us to market their coffee. Afterwards, we responded to an invitation of a Maguindanao farming community who envisions to develop a Robusta coffee plantation near Ligawasan Marshlands. Finally, we sealed our partnership with the Obo Bagobo coffee farmers in Ilomavis at the foot of Mt. Apo.

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AS A NATIVE OF BANAO TRIBE, I WAS EMBRACED BY THE TAGABAWA BAGOBO TRIBE

I am humbled by this embrace by Bae Jerlina Owok who adopted me as her daughter. This gift of relationship with the Tagabawa Bagobo people became possible only by the Creator’s grace. I pray that this connection would help bridge the Indigenous Peoples of the North and of the South towards a solidarity of all the aboriginal peoples in this whole archipelago. May my life be one of the funnels of this blessing that would unify our multicultural peoples in this rich and beautiful land.

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PBCI-CFP INCLUDEV CONSULTANT PARTICIPATES IN FOSTERING SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN BARMM

Last 15-17 August 2019, our Ina, Joji ‘Lakambini’ Pantoja, represented the Inclusive Development Team of PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) and Coffee for Peace (CFP) at a social enterprise policy forum held at the Office of the Chief Minister, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), Cotabato City. Ina made a presentation before key members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), other social enterprise practitioners, and academicians.

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OUR GLOBAL PEACE COMMUNITY

We are sent by Mennonite Church Canada Witness in partnership with our international community.