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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A PARTICIPANT’S REFLECTION ON THE 2ND MENNONITE PEACEBUILDING CONFERENCE IN AMSTERDAM

Emil Jonathan “Jon” Soriano is a member of the Justice, Peace, and Reconciliation Commission (JPARCom) of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC). JPARCom, along with PeaceBuilders Community, have been laboring to promote peace and reconciliation between armed-conflicting parties in the Philippines. Jon attended the 2nd Global Mennonite Peacebuilding (2GMP) Conference and Festival held last 26-30 June 2019 in The Netherlands. He shared his reflection with us.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/07/28/a-participants-reflection-on-the-2nd-mennonite-peacebuilding-conference-in-amsterdam/

OUR PAR FIELD STAFF RESPONDS TO A CALL FOR POST-CONFLICT PILOT LIVELIHOOD PROGRAM

Sihaya Ansibod leads a Peace and Reconciliation Team to train Bangsamoro folks in North Cotabato to enhance their coffee farming technique. These farmers have heard how some coffee communities we’ve trained were able to win in national coffee quality competitions and were able to export their specialty coffee to international market. They invited Sihaya and her team to share what we’ve been learning about inclusive development.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/05/17/our-par-field-staff-responds-to-a-call-for-post-conflict-pilot-livelihood-program/

BILL C-262: WHAT IT MEANS TO US AS PEACE AND RECONCILIATION MISSIONARIES

We are Filipino-Canadian peacebuilders and human rights advocates working among indigenous peoples in Mindanao, Philippines. We support Bill C-262. We support indigenous human rights in our beloved Canada. We urge the Canadian government to fulfill its commitment to reconciliation by supporting the passage of this important bill through the Senate. Looking through our missionary lenses, we see it as a model of international human rights; and, we see it as an added credential for us as Canadian peace-and-reconciliation workers among IPs in the Philippines.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/04/15/bill-c262-what-it-means-to-us-as-peace-and-reconciliation-missionaries/

OUR VANCOUVER FAMILY VISITS US IN OUR BEAUTIFUL ARCHIPELAGO

This is the first time when all five of us, and the whole fifteen who surround the five of us with love, have gathered together in our beautiful archipelago to bond as a family from 28 December 2018 to 17 January 2019. While exploring places, we also explored family growth processes through loving reflections together.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2019/01/19/our-vancouver-family-visits-us-in-davao/

BYRON PANTOJA AND MANDY VELASCO EXCHANGE MARRIAGE VOWS

More than a decade of friendship. Three years in a relationship. Then got legally married last 14 February 2018. Early this evening, they publicly exchanged their sacred vows before their families, friends and larger community. Their wedding prompted the coming of our loved-ones from Canada.

Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2018/12/30/byron-pantoja-and-mandy-velasco-exchange-marriage-vows/

WE HOPE IN CHRIST, EVEN IF THERE’S NOT MUCH REASON TO BE MERRY IN THE WORLD TODAY

It’s difficult to say “Merry Christmas” when deep inside we’re crying as we watch our fellow human beings suffer because of unjust political policies and natural disasters happening around us. But we still shout, with much conviction, that in the midst of these painful realities, God is with us. Immanu El! The Creator chose to visit us as a human being. The Eternal One chose to dwell with us as a mortal. This is Hope Incarnate!

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2018/12/25/we-hope-in-christ-even-if-theres-not-much-reason-to-be-merry-in-the-world-today/

NEW COMMUNITY OF COFFEE FARMERS REQUESTS PBCI-CFP TRAINING

A new group of farmers from around the Mount Apo area have requested our Inclusive Development Consulting Team to conduct a series of hands-on workshop on post-harvest coffee processing.

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Permanent link to this article: https://waves.ca/2018/09/13/new-community-of-coffee-farmers-requests-pbci-cfp-training/

OUR GLOBAL PEACE COMMUNITY

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