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Christians in Action Getting Ready for Philippines Mission

By: Julio Barthson

Date Posted: 2000-01-22

The Martin Luther King Holiday had a special meaning for a group of Christians on Kadena Air Base’s Marek Park. The day was well used by members of the Christians in Action Missions International (CinAMI) to launch a drive aimed at recruiting scores of volunteers for a charity mission to the Philippines in the spring of this year.

According to Glenn Kennedy, Far East Director of Christians in Action, and Pastor at the Kadena Community Church International, the dates for the mission have been set for Monday, April 3rd, to Saturday, April 15th. Between now and the moment for departure to the Philippines, all who wish to take part in the mission can still sign up through various channels with the Christian charity group.

During their Monday, January 17th occasion at the Kadena Marek Park - a picnic-barbecue-luncheon laced with prayer, Pastor Glenn Kennedy explained the goals of the Philippines mission to an interested audience made up of his on congregation and several guests from other churches and groups on the island. His statement explained exactly where in the Philippines the group of volunteers will go this year, and how what they will do to help the local population there.

Some 50 medical personnel and other talents on Okinawa have already signed up with the mission this year. They include Dr. Brendon Gelford - Physician, Dr. Beth Brouwe r- Physician, Dr. Michael W. Wittenberger - OBGYN, Dr. Ernest L. Dabreo - Dentist, Dr. Javier A. Abreu - Dentist, Dr. Larry Parworth - Oral Surgeon, Dr. John Gonzales - Dentist, Dr. Doron Bresler - Dentist, Dr. Corey Stanley - Dentist, Dr. Marcia Stanley - Dentist, Sgt. Victor Sabino - Photographer, Manuel Satiago - Nurse, Delia Santiago - Nurse, Sallie Anderson - Pharmacy technician, Manny and Rose Quizon - Biotech/Nurse. Others are Saok Velker, Amy Bonorden, Tom & Shirley Smith, Christine Robinson, Clayton Dawang, Leroy Sapp, Hitomi Hadano, Marcel Berrios, Rodger Vivero, Clint Williams, Kaye Yara, Philip Barton, Cesar Gonzales, Mely Edquilang, Emma James, and US Marine Corps Chaplain Biadog.

Some of these volunteers will take their their children and spouses along to help in the non technical areas. Others will go to the Philippines directly from the US.

According to a statement by Pastor Glenn Kennedy, CinAMI is a nonprofit worldwide ministry based both in the United States and Okinawa, whose focus is to share the message of the gospel and nurture those who respond.” Its international ministry has been going on now for over 41 years, with the vision of “proclaiming Christ to the masses around the world” through outreaches, medical crusades, the management of refugee camps, family ministries, personal one-on-one evangelism and leadership training courses.

Every year, Christians in Action organizes a short-term mission to the Philippines to support the remote and impoverished communities. They help in providing medical and dental care by recruiting doctors, nurses, medical technicians, and spiritually gifted persons. They also help the local religious leaders build their churches. During their missions, they also distribute rice, clothing, medicines, vitamins and Bibles. In the words of Pastor Kennedy, “God greatly uses this mission to meet the immediate and urgent needs of the Filipino people and it affords an opportunity for the participants to discover a missionary call on their lives.”

According to their own estimates, the mission has provided medical care for over 10.000 people within the past 5 years. “The strength of our outreach is its ability to meet the desperate needs of people in both the spiritual and physical realm,” Pastor Kennedy said. “The medical aid that we have provided comes just like the gospel; a free gift of love.”

Three main areas will receive CinAMI’s aid this year: Negros, a poorer island south of the more popular and most traveled Luzon, in the vicinity of Bacolod City. Volunteers will attend to the needs of two orphanages for 10 days. Another area of operation will be Manilla, where other volunteers will assist in the construction of a medical clinic for the poor - a clinic which will also, in the future, serve the needs of missionaries and pastors trying to spread the Good News to the difficult Filipino hinterlands.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation to Christians in Action Missions International should annotate “Account 372, Philippines-2000” in the memo section of the check, send contribution to postal account #17030 9241641, or submit a short letter to the Philippines Medical Mission.

Pastor Glenn Kennedy will be the team coordinator for Okinawa and the overall team director. Those who wish to sign up for the mission should call 098-956-3687; fax 098-956-8873; snail mail to 290 Iramina, Yomitan-Son, Okinawa 904-0303, Japan; or email kcchurch@ii-okinawa.ne.jp. In the US and Canada, contact Doug Sutherland at cinamissions@christiansinaction.org; or phone 1-559-564-3762; or mail to 19880 Ave. 376, Woodlake, CA 93286.

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