July Updates

July 6.      CPSP Meeting

July 24-26.   Final Eval and Commissioning of CPE half unit.

August.  We will have one or two CPE half units starting in August.  One will meet on Saturdays.  The second group may be on Saturdays, or at a different time depending on needs of the trainees. Contact us a bukallife@gmail.com if you have questions.

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Honor from the Governor

Benguet honors

On 26 June 2018, Bukal Life Care was honored by the Governor of Benguet for our work with those incarcerated at the La Trinidad District Jail. Also honored was an attorney (sorry I have forgotten the name… will update later when we get the group photo), and a pastor and wife who works with Prison Fellowship International (PFI) in discipleship work at the jail.

Actually 2 years ago (March 2017), the executive assistant (Ms. Okubo) was the one who contacted us about coming to the jail to work with the PDLs (Persons Deprived of Liberty). We have been able to bring chaplains and chaplain trainees there on Mondays for the last two years and believe that it is beneficial to those at the jail as well as the trainees. We are, in fact, very appreciative of this partnership.

Updates

As of today, June 24, we are in the middle of our latest CPE Unit— well actually half unit, with 9 trainees. Diplomate Celia and SIT Lyn are leading this group. We have also added the BGH Cancer Institute and Pines Doctor’s Hospital to their ministry practicum locations.

Commissioning is expected to be on July 25th.

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The whole CPE group, celebrating the birthdays of Albert and Erica

Two more units are anticipated soon. In August we may have two half units starting. One is expected to be a half unit intensive led by SIT Vo, and the other a Saturday half unit extended led by SIT Lyn.

Our plan is to take a break in leading CPE starting in October. However, we may be leading CPO (clinical pastoral orientation) at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary during that down-time.

Our book, Dynamics in Pastoral Counseling, is getting close to completion. The first draft is done. It is presently in editing. Will update you when it will be published.

 

Church Conflict Resolution Training

We held Church Confict Resolution Training

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Celia, Bob, Amm, and Chara of Bukal Life Care with Fhey and Ysrael who lead ABCM

at ABCM, a church ministry here in Baguio with several daughter ministries throughout Northern Luzon.

 

Bob and Celia Munson led the training, assisted by two trainees of Bukal Life Care (Amm and Chara). It was held on Good Friday (April 19, 2019) with approximately 50 to 60 attending. We do different activities depending on the size, needs, and duration available. We had three hours available, so we did the following:

  • The Blame Game (large group activity)
  • Conflict Management Types and Discussion  (quiz)
  • Stages of Church Conflict  (lecture)
  • Hurtful and Healing Words  (a game)
  • Intentional Dialogue— Behavior Change (small group activity)

We are thankful to our friends at ABCM for inviting us. We had a great time.

 

Pastoral Theology Website

Robert Munson, the Administrator of Bukal Life Care, recently created a website on Pastoral Theology.  It is called “Adventures in Pastoral Theology.” You can visit it at https://adventures-in-pastoral-theology.org/

This website will be used primarily for new, and updates related to Bukal Life Care, while articles related to Pastoral Theology (and its related concerns) will be located there. You are welcome to visit any time.

 

Big Congratulations

Chaplain Renato Eustaquio and his wife Dr. Joy are establishing a care center at Dr. Yanga’s Hospital in Bocaue Bulacan.

Chaplain Renato is a staff member of Bukal Life Care. His work as an industrial/corporate chaplain is part of a pilot program of Bukal.

However, based on a 3-day visioning here in Baguio last week, it was agreed that the correct direction is for the Eustaquio’s to set up their own center in Bocaue. This is an exciting opportunity and we wish them well.

That is not to say that we are breaking all ties. Celia will serve as the supervisor for Supervisor-in-Training Renato in CPE. Additionally, he is on the board of trustees of Bukal. We look forward to working together for years to come.

Their website is:   https://hesedlowvisioncare.home.blog/

Christian Counseling Seminar

We had a great time at Center of Hope for Women… a ministry in Baguio City… in leading a one-day seminar on the basics of Christian Counseling.  Around 15 trainees attended from the Center of Hope and Philippine College of Ministry. We also had a few of our CPE trainees join. We had five parts to our training. The first part was a presentation on the background or introduction to Christian Counseling. The next was a presentation on Emotions. The Center of Hope provided a great lunch. After lunch we had a learning activity that involved a ball of string and a series of insults and compliments (don’t ask… but it went well). Then we had our third presentaiton, and that was on self-care and healthy boundaries. Finally, we had question and answer. We also provided a handout on effective (and ineffective) therapeutic conversation. We really did not go over that because of lack of time.