We hang out with them. We laugh with them. We journey in life with them. We pray with them. We eat with them. We learn with them. We do ministry together with them. We worship with them.
This is a small group in the Christian congregation where we belong in Davao City. This is our spiritual community. Most of them are young families. Dann and I are the oldest couple in this group. We’re the only grandparents. They call me Ate Joji. “Ate” means older sister. Dann is “Kuya”–older brother.
The co-leaders in this group are Pastor Norman and Rosabel Naromal. The regular hosts in most of our gatherings are Chito and Joy Legaspi. These two couples are also deeply involved in the ministry of PeaceBuilders Community. They are members of our Board of Trustees.
Having a community of friends who are also our ministry partners is a warm embrace of God. Every time Dann and I are in the field, we’re assured that we have a family of prayer partners who are thinking about us, monitoring our Facebook walls, checking on us through text messages or mobile phone calls, and making sure that we are well.
Dann and I have gone through many crises as peacebuilding missionaries in the Philippines. This group, in varying degrees of involvement and confidentiality, have been helping us tremendously. They are also our base of pastoral nurture here in Mindanao.
Because we are nurtured and supported by a local community, along with the love and support of our global community, we are able to love and nurture others.
We praise God for our community!