April Updates

Busy Summer here in Baguio.  Here are a few things.

Weekly Schedule:

Sundays:   5:30PM Drug Surrenderer Group A


CPE Supervisor Celia, with Supervisors-in-Training Vo and JM

Tuesdays:  CPE Summer Group 1

1PM Drug Surrenderer Group B

Wednesdays:  CPE Summer Group 2

Thursdays:  CPE Combined Didactic


Calendar of Events:

April 8:  Ministry Project at Helping Hands.

April 23:  AACPE Pastoral Care Convention, Manila

April 24-25:  “DAD” Pastoral Conference at PBTS, Baguio City. Led by Dr. Doug Dickens

May 5-6:  PFI Jail Ministry Training Course

June 1:  Ministry Project for CSBCM Youth Camp


What is “Life Care

Okay, have to admit the term “Life Care” is somewhat of a made-up term. Of course there are a lot of mad-up terms that have become accepted ways of describing different types of care. For us, the expression describes much of what we do, and can be divided into three broad areas of care:

1. Pastoral Care. Pastoral Care is a broad term for care within a faith context. There are four broad categories that pastoral care cover. These are:

  • Healing
  • Guidinglife care
  • Sustaining
  • Reconciling

2.  Crisis Care.  Crisis Care focuses on lives  torn apart due to major loss, disaster (particularly group or community disasters), and trauma. The focus is on defusing, debriefing, and education. Care applies to primary victims, secondary victims, and “hidden” victims.

3.  Member Care. Member Care covers the broad network of support associated with the life cycle of a professional in ministry (and family and team). Most commonly, member care here relates to missionaries or ministry professionals.

You could say that Crisis Care is Pastoral Care for those suffering from excessive stress or trauma. Member Care is Pastoral Care for those with long-term stress due to professional ministry.

Mar 2014 Activities

A few dates for a busy month.

Mar 5. Staff meeting
Mar 12 PMHA training for support of women and children (Nueva Ecija)
Mar 14 Graduation, PBTS.
Mar 17 AV-STM prefield Training (2-weeks)
Mar 18 Staff Meeting
Mar 20-22. Bohol Mission, part II
Mar 24. Training Day with AV-STM (first aid, and group work)
Mar 26. Start of CPE Intensive (continues for 10.5 weeks)
Mar 30. CPSP Plenary starting (Va Beach, VA) and continuing to April 2nd.

Late September (2013) Updates

Brief updates:
Sep 18. Staff meeting
Sep 26. AVRC Reg 1. Celia speaking. “Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity”
Sep 28. Parents Congress. Teacher’s Camp
Oct 2. BSU lecture led by Bukal on Child Abuse
Oct 25. Tentative Date for Farrell Symposium on Pastoral Care. QC

We will also have our annual board meeting in October.

What’s in a Name?

We came up with the name Bukal Life Ministries in 2009, and changed the name to Bukal Life Care & Counseling Center in 2010. But what does the name mean?

Bukal has a double meaning. “Bukal” (pronounced boo-KAHL) means “spring” as in a source of water that “springs” up out of the ground. The term is meant to focus on the idea that we seek to be a source of help and refreshment for those who need it. The term Bukal reminds us of the verse

The LORD will guide you always;

he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched

land and will strengthen your frame.

You will be like a well-watered garden,

like a spring (“bukal”) whose

waters never fails. (Isaiah 58:11)

Life Care:  This is a term that we made up (to be honest) but it encapsulates a useful idea. The idea is the need for wholistic care. If one considers Luke 2:52, it refers to four types of growth: physical, mental, social, and spiritual. The integration of this is wholistic or life growth, and promoting this is Life Care. As such, it covers training and member care.

Counseling:  In this case, counseling refers to pastoral care and pastoral counseling. This means that we seek to integrate sound psychological insights with spiritual insight and direction.

We are a small group, with a very broad mission, but are happy to do our best. Please contact us at info@bukallife.org if you have any questions.