June Updates

We have had a number of people asking about medical missions. We appreciate the interest, but we have not been able to be too helpful. The reason is that we are taking a bit of a break from medical missions. Part of this is because we have had a horribly hectic April and May… so we are trying to get a bit of rest. So what has happened up to this point? Here are a few things (January – May):

1. Had several medical missions. These include

Saplad-David, Macabebe. 200 treated
Pulo, Macabebe. 160 treated
Street Children, Baguio 50 treated (provided supplies)
Gaswiling, Kapangan 250 treated

2. Had a lot of training.

Basic 1st Aid/CPR (with Phil Red Cross) 20 trained
2 from our team atteneded Haggai Institute NTS
Crisis Chaplaincy 2 week program 5 trained
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) 9 week 11 trained
Crisis Symposium at University of Cordilleras 34 trained
CPE Symposium 40 trained
COMDEV 3 day training 19 trained
First Aid for STMers 40 trained

3. Additional activities

Film showing at National Police Academy, Baguio 200 attended
Helped with VVM film showing in Gaswiling 150 attended
Co-sponsored blood-drive 30 gave blood

So what is going on in June?

a. Bob is in the United States for a few weeks visiting friends, relatives, and churches.
b. Ptr. Joel, Celia and others are pushing through with paperwork with SEC and PRC for the counseling center which should be formally opening in just a few weeks.
c. Dave is finishing a summer program with youth in Guisad, Baguio City.
d. The Co-op is preparing for its membership orientation.

As we enter July, we hope to be up and running with the counseling center… and we hope to be back to scheduling medical missions and training seminars. Hope this information is of help. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at info@bukallife.org.

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May Updates

April is over. Praise God for surviving it. It has been a tremendously busy month… so happy to take a wee bit of a break. Still a few things going on.

1. Clinical Pastoral Education program is continuing through the end of May. Will let you know when graduation will be exactly.

2. Working on the paperwork to formally open the counseling center. It will have West Baguio Baptist Church as its primary office. The facilities are almost done.

3. We have put the Kids Club in a state of haiatus for awhile. This was because of the typhoons last October and November (leading schools to having Saturday classes making our Saturday groups impossible). However, Dave Baltazar (with a couple of helpers) has started a Summer Kids Club for neighborhood boys in the Ferguson Road area (it meets at the headquarters of Bukal Life). Dave and his friends have been doing a great job and this small, growing group has been quite successful. We will have to see where we are going from here. Prayerfully considering expanding the ministry beyond Summer.

4. Looking at a couple of sites for medical missions. We are seeking to do less medical missions, but want to continue doing this sort of ministry occasionally as a method to open doors for long-term ministry forms. 5. By the way. We don’t always put our information all in the same place. We also put some different news and pictures on our blogsite “bukallife.wordpress.com” and two facebook pages “bukal life ministries” and “shepherd’s oikos”.

Disaster Response Chaplain Graduates

Congratulations to all graduates of the Disaster Response Chaplain Training.
Joel C. Angiwan.
Miguela A. Beltran
Arsenio L. Dayrit
Rowena T. Flores
Celia P. Munson
Sr. Sofia D. Natama
Naw Eh Ku Lweh
Jeffrey Linang
Engilbert D. Laluna
Bei Rona
Eden Red
Fongoh Godwin Tohnain
Alma Villacarlos
Soe Htaik Luaia
Vincent Roy Valdez
Jheny M. Pedazo
Saw Alwyn

The first five were done in a two-week intensive course. The remaining twelve completed it in conjunction with the CPE program. Both are also credited by Philippine Baptist Theological Semianry. Well Done!!