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Our History
World Team Philippines has a rich history of serving the Filipino people.


World Team Philippines has over 20 years of history in the Philippines.

Our Purpose:

To glorify God by working in teams to make disciples
and establish movements of reproducing churches focusing on
the unreached peoples of the Philippines and the world.


Our Vision:

To partner with others in the global missionary fellowship
To establish a reproducing community of believers within reach
of every person in the Philippines and the rest of the world.


IFUGAO: Our first WT ministry area, entered in August of 1982. The Association of Ifugao Bible Churches (AIBC) now numbers 114 member churches. TREVOR and NORMA DOUGLAS, along with other Ayangan faculty and staff, have been teaching Bible and other church related subjects to resident students at the Bible Training Center They have also written and translated much of the school's curriculum. Trevor and a team of Ifugao translators completed a translation of the Ayangan Old Testament. The complete Ayangan Ifugao Bible was dedicated on October 30, 2010, with over 1,200 Ifugaos attending.

CATANDUANES: In 1983 a church in Pennsylvania adopted Catanduanes as an unreached people group. The Catanduanes Team moved to Virac in 1984. They were the first foreign missionaries on the island. By 1985, gatekeeper farmers and fishermen were meeting weekly. In 1986, the "Cats Team" began training Filipino leaders who would become the elders of the Virac Christian Bible Fellowship.

During 1993, Virac church members worked weekly on a chapel they designed themselves. Today VCBF is led by Pastor Totoy Sebastian, a native Viracnon who was led to the Lord and trained by World Team workers.

Another VCBF member who received on-site training by World Team is TENG CANDELARIA. He and Edna were commissioned by the Virac Christian Bible Fellowship and became ABCCOP missionaries.

The Candelarias moved to Viga in 1994 to join a pioneer church plant with World Team missionaries. Today, the Viga Bible Christian Fellowship is run by its own elders.

Team Leaders, TENG and EDNA CANDELARIA, along with TOM and KRISTIN BUURSMA, BRYAN and JACINDA MARTIN, and MARISSA CARILLO, an ABCCOP missionary, are now pioneering a new work in the Payo / Panganiban area. Today 21 Bible studies are meeting weekly throughout Payo. In 1994 World Teamers started a Bible study in Cabugao, Bato, assisted by members from the Virac Christian Bible Fellowship. The first baptisms in Cabugao were held in June, 2000 .

CAMARINES SUR: World Team has had workers in Camarines Sur since 1983, mostly concentrated in and near Naga City. The churches planted by World Team workers that are now entirely led by local leaders include: * The Bicolandia Bible Christian Center in Naga City * The Canaman Bible Christian Fellowship - Dinaga * The Canaman Bible Christian Fellowship - Poro * The Naga Community in Christ Cell Church.

HEATHER MILLER, based in Pili, Camarines Sur, leads evangelistic Bible studies and trains leaders who will lead other studies. Heather also is involved in 2011 with helping to prepare for the WIll Graham Crusade, an evangelistic effort sponsored by the Billy Graham Association. She regularly coaches NONOY AZUL, who leads several house churches in Santo Nino, a small mountain village on Mount Isarog.

ROMY and JUDITH AZUL are missionaries who have worked alongside World Team workers for many years. They live in Sipocot, a rural area near the intersection of two major highways that link Camarines Sur to central Luzon. Romy works with several house groups. He is providing theological training for emerging leaders.

BOB and KOLEEN FRENCH turned over the Naga Community In Christ to 6 trained elders in 2005. The Frenches left Naga in 2007. They make quarterly trips back to Camarines Sur and other Bicol provinces to provide training and coaching in cell and house church planting, according to requests from World Team co-workers and friends from other organizations with whom they have networked over the years.

FAITH ACADEMY: In spite of the growing misunderstanding that missionary work in the Philippines is nearing completion, enrollment distinguishes Faith Academy as the largest "MK" (missionary kid) school in the world. Through phenomenal and generous gifts, Faith now has an Aquatic Center and a beautiful 900-seat auditorium with leading edge stage and sound equipment. The remodeled science wing enables students to enjoy outstanding lab science courses at the college ("AP" or "Advanced Placement") level. World Team needs more school staff to help meet faculty needs.

METRO MANILA: BOB and KOLEEN FRENCH, now based in Manila, host a Sunday morning house church in their home where people can experience and practice leading a model of house church that is easily duplicated. They host a mid-week evangelistic Bible study. They also lead cell and house church training seminars upon request.

BOB FRENCH continues to write and publish cell and house church training materials in English and in Tagalog. Publications already available include study guides for Genesis, Exodus, Galatians, The Gospel Of John, Ephesians, Basic Discipleship, and Life of Jesus (most texts are from Matthew, Mark and Luke). Bob and Koleen have also published materials on biblical conflict resolution and basic hermeneutics.

Along with ABCCOP (Alliance of Bible Christian Communities of the Philippines), World Team is helping with a church-planting effort along the "Commonwealth Corridor" in northern Quezon City. The first worship service was held in January 2009. The Commonwealth vision includes sending Filipino missionaries outside of the Philippines. ALEX PACIS helped to launch this effort through periodic trips from his home base in Canada. ALBERT and JANET EHMANN joined this effort in 2009 when they moved to Manila.

MANILA: Our Manila Staff is presently composed of:
Headquarters: KOLEEN FRENCH (Director Of Administration)
Guest House Manager: Tonton Caballero
Faith Academy Staff: BRIAN FOUTZ (High School Principal) and CAROL FOUTZ (Elementary Librarian). KATHY WASSELL (Athletic Director) NONA CABALLERO (Tagalog Teacher)
More information links
Christian Ministries in the Philippines
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History of the US Occupation
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The Bridge - House Church in New York
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Mission Frontiers - Journal of the US Center for World Missions
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Global Mapping International
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ABCCOP - Alliance of Bible Christian Communities of the Philippines
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Faith Academy
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