February 2023 Updates

Our Advanced CPE group is finishing up, led by Supervisor Vo.

February 25, we plan to have a certification board (through CPSP-Philippines) for 3 to 4 of our trainees. The hope is this board will ultimately allow one or more to move into the SIT (Supervisor-in-Training) program.

In mid-March we will start our Summer Intensive CPE program. We presently have around 12 trainees (though numbers change). This will be led by Supervisors Celia and Vo (with hopefully some help from new SITs). The plan is to finish in the first week of June.

During March, Bob and Celia will attend the Plenary gathering of CPSP (US) in Virginia Beach, VA. In January, the two of them along with Supervisor Vo attended the Board meeting of CPSP-philippines.

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Bukal Life Journal— 2022 Edition

We recently finished the 2022 edition of Bukal Life Journal. We produced our first edition in 2012 and second one in 2013. Then there was a big break with 2022 being our third one. You are welcome to read it below.

https://www.academia.edu/89423989/Bukal_Life_Journal_2022?source=swp_share

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Childhood Trauma Care Advocacy Seminar

October 15, 2022, we were invited by organizer, Ms. Jezza Pingo, to a seminar for the Pag-Asa Para Sa Bata/Kabataan Project. Chaplain Celia was asked to be a resource speaker.

Around 50 were in attendance, with mini-presentations from related ministries— Child Evangelism Fellowship, Youth on Point, and Prison Fellowship International.

It was a great gathering of people who share concern for the well-being of children in Benguet. We look forward to see how we can work together.

October 2022 Updates

Here are a few highlights of what is just finished, is finishing, is starting, or in the near future. Well… I guess that pretty much covers it.

Just Finished: We had a great visit with Chaplain Renato and Dr. Joy Eustaquio. They serve God in Bocaue, Bulacan. They have a center there (“The Chaplain’s Office”) that is involved in Corporate Chaplaincy, Hospital Chaplaincy, and problems with eyesight (‘low vision’). Chaplain Renato is a supervisee of Chaplain Celia, and has been a friend or partner of Bukal Life Care for many years. This last Sunday, he shared a short inspirational message on corporate chaplaincy and ministry for the CPO group.

Is Finishing: We are entering the final leg of our online Clinical Pastoral Orientation (CPO). This group of 8 with Chaplain Celia have been meeting on Sundays online for several weeks. The second weekend of October, they will all gather IRL (‘in real life’) for their final meeting, and celebration.

Is Starting. Groups of Chaplains Vo and Lyn are just starting CPE groups. Chaplain Vo’s group with working with a local ministry named KABSAT (by the way the word “kabsat” is Ilocano for “friend”) and is doing much of their practical ministry in the cancer center of Baguio General Hospital.

In the Near Future. On October 15. the Munsons were asked to join a training involving Childhood Trauma. Chaplain Celia will be one of the resource speakers for this.

Also in the near future we should have our Bukal Life Journal done. It is pretty much complete now. Just waiting on some corrections on one article. Hope to have good news soon.

Thanks Canada, from “The Art of Pastoral Care”

Our book, “The Art of Pastoral Care” has been used for Intro to Pastoral Care and Counseling, as well as Clinical Pastoral Orientation and Clinical Pastoral Education classes here in the Philippines. Not surprisingly, the largest number of this book have been given or sold here in the Philippines.

Strangely, the second largest number of this book purchased has been Canada. Not sure why. Upon doing a bit of searching, it seems that there are a couple of Christian colleges using that book as a textbook for Intro to PC&C. That is great.

We have been asked to teach a Pastoral Care course for Bible college students in the US sometime in the next few months. It will be interesting to see for ourselves how the book works for a “Western” audience.

Anyway, it is great that the book is finding use outside of the Philippines. We are looking into writing a book on Pastoral Theology as a follow-on to “The Art of Pastoral Care” and our other book, “Dynamics in Pastoral Care,” and finding that people are using our other books and benefiting from them certain encourages us to invest time in the research and writing.

The book is available at a number of places online (both paperback and e-book). But in honor of Canada, I will give a Canadian link.

September Updates

  1. CPO. Chaplain Celia is supervising Clinical Pastoral Orientation with young leaders of a church in Caloocan City. So far 3 weeks done with 6 more to go.
  2. CPE Both Chaplains Vo and Lyn will be starting online CPE groups towards the end of September. Both are expected to be online.
  3. PC club. Our office is on the campus of PBTS. The student council opened up interest clubs. In that, one our our trainees set up a Pastoral Care Club. It their activity but we are excited about this group. They are using the office and we assist as we can.
  4. Congratulations. Last month Chaplain Lyn earned her status of Diplomate Supervisor. This month, she has taken on the role of Chaplain at a school in Cebu. Also, her plans are to establish a counseling and training center in Cebu— ” Atiman Life Care Center.” We join in prayer that this will come to pass soon.
  5. It looks like Chaplain Celia will be participating as a speaker for a seminar on pastoral care and childhood trauma. The date is Sept. 17. More info to follow.
Sunday CPO

Missions Conference Visit

We tend to emphasize our work with clinical pastoral training and to a lesser extent, pastoral counseling. But there are other things we do as well. One of these is Missionary Member Care (MMC). Actually, we are partnered with OSB, a missionary sending organization in the Philippines to provide MMC services. We also partner with Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary in their 555 program as part of their work in supporting Filipino missionaries while home.

August 16-18, 2022, OSB had their National Missions Conference in Koronadal City. Two from Bukal were able to attend to represent our organization. It was a great time and exciting to see how radically the Philippine church is revisioning it’s role in the world… embracing it’s role as a mission senders.

Our greeting in the conference program.

August 2022 Updates

Leaving the Pandemic behind, things have gotten a bit busy.

August 2. We had the Commissioning for our Mid-year half unit.

Above: Supervisors Celia and Vo with Trainees: Thao, Joeseph, Bhab, Jezza, Peter, Charlemagne, Mark, Jonas, Al, Ceasar, and Karlo.

August 7. Started CPO online with a ministry group in Manila. This will continue for the next 7 weeks.

“Prayerwatch” CPO Group

August 16-18. Bob and Celia Munson are representing Bukal Life Care, especially work in Missionary Member Care, in the National Missions Conference of One Sending Body (2022)

Late August. We are anticipating leading a training in Crisis Defusing in Baguio. This is with an NGO that works with schoolchildren. More info when that happens.

Other things going on such as a PC club (not founded by us, but by one of our trainees… and we hope to assist) here at PBTS. Also, making good progress on our Bukal Life Journal. We are at around 30 pages. Hope to finish before October.