October (2014) Updates

We have had a very busy time lately with Bob and Celia Munson, and Dr. Paul Tabon ministering in Korea, along with Cori, Jehny, and Becky getting training. But now that we are back… we can catch our breath a tiny bit in preparation before upcoming activities.

November 8.  Board of Trustees meeting. This is the 5th year anniversary of Bukal Life Care. We thought about having a big celebration… but decided to wait for the grand opening of our new office.

November 18-20. LCSBC Conference. We don’t have a primary role in it… although we may be working with some participants. However, we will have a booth there.

<November 29. Disaster Response Orientation seminar is postponed. It will be integrated into “Intro the CPO program, and the Leadership Symposium in 2015>

December 13-15. Pastoral Care trainings and meetings with Dr. Lawrence. (And staff Christmas party).

January 5-8. Lide-Walker Conference. We will have a booth, and we will have our grand opening for our new office.

January 19.  Start of Intro to Clinical Pastoral Care (CPO). 6. 100 hours (50/50). Integrating hospital chaplaincy orientation, disaster response chaplaincy, and (LIFT) palliative care.

March 23. Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE/T). Summer intensive unit. 11 weeks (400 hours) starting March 23.

May.  Leadership Symposium… focusing on Disaster Response for ministers. <Tentative>


October 2014. (Recent) Past, Present, and Future

Recent Past.

1.  Bob and Celia just got back from a trip to Korea… working with “The Love C Center” in Ansan City. Celia led Disaster Response Chaplaincy Orientation training, while Bob taught Introduction to Missiology. Add to that speaking at a seminary and a military base, and visiting the Imperial palace grounds, it was quite a trip. We are working with some up there in expanding clinical pastoral care in Korea. The present CPE/T in Korea is limited to hospitals. Friday B

2.  Jehny and Becky attended the Parents Congress… in Baguio… a yearly partnership of the SLU Sunflower Children’s Center, and Child and Famly Services.


1. Cori, Becky, and Jehny are at the weeklong symposium  arranged by the Ruth Foundation in Alabang for Palliative Care, “Leadership for Hope”.


2.  Dr. Paul Tabon is still in Korea and will stay for a few more weeks to, among things, teach pastoral care for students at the SEE center there.


1.  October 17-19, the Pastoral Care conference at Linden Suites will be going on  with at least two from our staff attending… along with many friends of our group.

2.  December.   We are looking to have meetings and possible training seminars with Dr. Raymond Lawrence, general  secretary of CPSP. We are presently working on some partnership issues between CPSP-PI and CPSP. Hopefully, most of this can be worked out and formalized by then.

3.  January 19. Expected start of Half Unit of CPE in Baguio.

4.  Mar 23. Expected start of Summer Intensive full unit of CPE.

Bukal Life Care Team in Korea

We were invited by Dr. Yohan Lee to join him at his place “The Love C Center”… a diaspora ministry in Ansan City. Bob and Celia Munson and Dr. Paul Tabon make up the Bukal Life Care team. The three of us are part of Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary, and. along with Dr. Yohan, are part of CPSP-Philippines. So this is a multiple level ministry trip.

We have been pretty busy. We arrived Saturday, October 4th, and were given well-needed time to rest.

SUNDAY MORNING.  We went to a Diaspora church (church for internationals… especially Filipinos living in Korea) in Suyu… a beautiful forested and mountainous area on the edge of Metropolitan Seoul. Bob preached, while Celia and Doc Paul gave testimonies. After that we had a great meal with our hosts for the day, Ptr. Jimmy and wife Marivic.

DSC04304                               L/R:  Ptr. Jimmy, Bob, Doc Paul, Celia, Marivic

SUNDAY EVENING.  I (Bob) taught a class of international students of the center in “Introduction to Missiology” as part of an SEE course with PBTS.  Will continue the presentations next Sunday.

DSC04309                                              Celia leading training. Dr. Lee translating

MONDAY MORNING/AFTERNOON. Celia led a Seminar in “Disaster Response Chaplaincy.” Dr. Lee interpreted. This training was for Korean ministry workers. The 2nd half of the training will be on next Monday, shortly before we return to the Philippines. Celia will lead training sessions for an English-speaking group of ministers Wednesday and Friday.

TUESDAY AFTERNOON.  We traveled to Yaeil Theological Seminary. Bob was a guest speaker at the invitation of Dr. Joshua Lee, professor of Missions and Spiritual formation there. The topic was “Beautifully Broken: Metaphors for  Spiritual Brokenness and Renewal.” Dr. Lee translated again.

At Yaeil Theological Seminary. Bob as guest lecturer


TUESDAY EVENING.  We went to a traditional Korean restaurant and had a wonderful wonderful meal. It is Dr. Lee’s birthday so we were very happy to treat him. Now that we are back at the center, Celia, Doc Paul, and Doc Lee are having a CPSP-Philippines Baguio Chapter meeting.

We have been invited by Chaplain Eugene to visit and speak at a Korean Military hospital. We look forward to the opportunity on Thursday.

Bob and Celia will return on the 13th, while Doc Paul will stay and continue to work with Doc Lee on training in Pastoral Care.

Korea Trip, October 2014

Bob and Celia Munson and Paul Tabon are teaching in South Korea in partnership with “The Love Center” in Ansan City, South Korea, led by Dr. Yohan Lee. This is partly a project of Bukal Life Care, CPSP, and PBTS.

Bob and Paul will be preaching at different churches on Sunday. Then Bob will be doing seminars on Missiology, Celia on Disaster Response, and Paul in Pastoral Care.

The Munsons will be returning on the 13th, while Paul will stay a few days longer. We plan to be adding photos soon.