Dann and Joji Pantoja

Dann and Joji Pantoja are peace building missionaries commissioned by Peace Mennonite Church and administered through Mennonite Church Canada. They are assigned to the Philippines to lead a team of Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Specialists called PeaceBuilders Community Inc. They also co-founded Coffee for Peace Corp. to help indigenous farmers in the Philippines produce, process, and market their products in accordance with inclusive and sustainable development principles.

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PBCI-CFP TRIBE PARTICIPATED IN A ‘COMMUNITY RESOURCE SHARING’ EVENT

How can we dignify and help folks from communities who are more economically in need, compared to the other communities in the city, during these times of public health crisis? Organize a ‘community resource sharing event.’ That’s what three organizations did to serve an urban poor neighborhood in Davao City.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2020/08/03/pbci-cfp-tribe-participated-in-a-community-resource-sharing-event/

OUR PAR-FRAMED RESPONSE TO THE UNJUST PRINCIPALITIES & POWERS AMIDST COVID19

The message of Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) is articulated and demonstrated even in the midst of CoViD19 public health crisis and the growing unjust governance in our land. This is particularly made possible by 7 budding women entrepreneurs who are being mentored by the PBCI-CFP Tribe. They are Mary, Sihaya, Annie, Wanay, Mandy, Bennette, and Diane. They are developing their own micro-enterprise and have been marketing their products and experiencing encouraging results.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2020/07/10/our-par-framed-response-to-the-unjust-principalities-and-powers-amidst-covid19/

WE’RE GEARING OURSELVES UP TO FACE THE PANDEMIC THREAT AS THE NEW NORMAL

We have to accept and face the new reality. The on-going threat of a global pandemic is the ‘now normal’ and we’ll learn how to be resilient as we live with it. No, this is not a defeatist attitude. We’re being like normal Filipinos. We face some 20 typhoons a year that devastate our lives and livelihood. After each typhoon, we get up. We count our loses—lives and properties. We receive relief. We rebuild. We move on. Then we get ready for the next typhoon. This is life. We cry. We get angry. But we also make jokes about this life and laugh about it.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2020/04/17/were-gearing-ourselves-up-to-face-the-pandemic-threat-as-the-new-normal/

PRAYING TO ‘FLATTEN THE CURVE’ IN THE CONTEXT OF MINDANAO’S URBAN POOR

Joji and I are on self-imposed indefinite quarantine. We’ll interact only with a handful of staff members face-to-face at 2 meters (6 feet) #SocialDistance. All our travel plans are suspended indefinitely—domestic and international.‬ This is our small way to help #FlattenTheCurve.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2020/03/14/praying-to-flatten-the-curve-in-the-context-of-mindanaos-urban-poor/

HAVE A LOVE-FILLED AND PEACE-ORIENTED CELEBRATION OF JESUS’ BIRTH

Mary, a strong revolutionary woman, gave birth to Jesus, a Palestinian Jewish boy. His birth was graced with the presence of Arab wisemen. His family was a trans-continental refugee escaping a cowardly tyrant who massacred children. He grew up and established a community that incarnates Love and Peace. Energized by the Spirit of the Creator, this community replicated itself around the world through the centuries.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/12/24/have-a-love-filled-and-peace-oriented-celebration-of-jesus-birth/

HELP! WE, AND OUR PARTNERS, ARE EXPERIENCING A SERIES OF POWERFUL EARTHQUAKES.

We need help! We’ve been experiencing a series of earthquakes. Magnitude 6.3 last 16 October. Magnitude 6.6 last 29 October. Magnitude 6.5 last 31 October. 22 people died. 420 were injured. The earthquakes were tectonic, not volcanic — we’re not worried about Mt. Apo erupting. There have been no tsunami threat — the epicenter is inland. The series of earthquake occurrences, according to experts, are being caused by interacting faults, adjusting to each other’s movements.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/11/04/help-we-and-our-partners-are-experiencing-a-series-of-powerful-earthquakes/

THE AWARDS WE RECEIVE INDICATE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF PEACE AND RECONCILIATION THEOLOGY

We give all the glory to God for the awards we have received. According to the Philippine government, we’re the national winner for fair employment and productivity among the micro-establishments in the service industry. And according to an international sustainability awards organization, we demonstrate in the Philippines how a sustainable business benefits companies, the environment, and all stakeholders. Here’s our reflection on why and how these awards were won.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/10/10/the-awards-we-receive-indicate-the-effectiveness-of-peace-and-reconciliation-theology/

OUR GLOBAL PEACE COMMUNITY

We are sent by Mennonite Church Canada Witness in partnership with our international community.