Student Missions in Asia

Volunteers need big money for summer mission in Philippines

By: Becky Beddoe

Maynard-Reid at a baptism resulting from his 1998 visit to the Philippines.

In 1998, Pedrito Maynard-Reid, current vice president for spiritual life at Walla Walla College, led an evangelistic team from WWC to Marbel, Philippines.  When all was said and done, the team had baptized 1,250 people.  

Last year the Southern Mindanao Mission invited Maynard-Reid to return to the Philippines with another team to conduct a series and hold a field school in General Santos City, the mission’s largest city.

This mission trip, sponsored by WWC Spiritual Life and Mission and assisted by the WWC School of Theology, the Quiet Hour, and the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC), will take place between August 18 and September 1, 2007.  Maynard-Reid will be accompanied by three fellow professors – Dave Thomas, Zdravko Stefanovic, and Dave Parks – and 12 WWC students, as well as a few other volunteers.  

“I’m glad we’ll be there for a while,” says Zach Taylor, sophomore biology/pre-med major.  “It will give us a chance to get to know the people; to really understand their needs and help them.”  Taylor’s duties during the trip include leading out in Vacation Bible School programs during the day, as well as helping in the adult programs in the evenings.

At the field school, Maynard-Reid, Thomas, Stefanovic, and Parks will teach classes every morning to all the local pastors and workers as well as the team from WWC.  The class topic will be along the lines of church growth.  At the end of the course, each participant will receive a WWC certificate of completion.

In addition to the field school, the team will conduct evangelistic meetings, both in the city and in towns and barrios nearby.  Twelve of the 21 participants in the trip will be leading their own satellite meetings outside of the city.  Those 12 include WWC students.  

Due to the fact that there will be so many meetings at once and that they will be up-linked via satellite, the cost of this trip is no small number.  Expected costs for the evangelistic series and field school combined are at US$26,000.  The Southern Mindanao Mission has pledged $5,000 toward that amount, but the remaining $21,000 is up to the team from WWC.

Not only must the team raise $21,000 for the events happening in the Philippines, they must also raise enough money to get themselves to the islands.  Each participant has a goal of $2,000, which will cover airfare, ground transportation, lodging and board, and other miscellaneous expenses.  

Although the Quiet Hour and the NPUC will be subsidizing some of the airfare for the 12 who will be preaching, the remaining 9 who will be leading out in Vacation Bible Schools, community outreach, and general assistance in the meetings will be given none.  Therefore they must raise the entire $2,000 on their own.

 “I'm excited because I know I will change in some way as a result of this trip,” says Lydia Troyer, 2005 WWC graduate and biology graduate student. “You are never the same after being exposed to another culture.”  Troyer will be conducting meetings and organizing activities for the local children.

If you are interested in learning more about this mission trip and how you can help this team spread the gospel, contact the WWC Spiritual Life and Mission office at 509-527-2010 or email veveel@wwc.edu.

“We are expecting a life changing experience for our team, for those we interact with, and for the city as a whole,” says Maynard-Reid.  All are invited to be a part of this experience.

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