THE JOURNEY OF CFP IN THE WORK OF PEACE-AND-RECONCILIATION THROUGH SOCIAL BUSINESS

It is such a privilege to serve God and the people, specifically those who are at the bottom of the economic pyramid, in the area of peacebuilding, through social entrpreneurship.   Coffee and Conflict. Coffee is a good bridge-building factor among conflicted parties. At Coffee for Peace (CFP), we understand conflict as “an expressed struggle …

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MOST OF OUR PRESENT ENERGIES ARE FOCUSED ON PAR LEADERSHIP BUILDING

We have reached our 10th year as International Witness Partnership Workers with Mennonite Church Canada.   Our first year was invested in establishing network acquaintances, getting to know the geographical, social, cultural, and political terrain of Mindanao, and learning from the wisdom of the elders, starting with our Bangsamoro mentor, then from among the elders of …

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THIS IS HOW I PRAY FOR THE PHILIPPINES THESE DAYS

A prayer for peace for my beloved people in this beautiful land, especially these days when our people are so divided and the horizon seems to be too dark:   For the success of the Duterte government in its vision to fight against corruption, criminality, and drugs; for the determination of the government to stop …

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WE THRIVE! WE DON’T MERELY SURVIVE.

Perhaps it’s time to review the funding sources of those who work for justice and peace in the name of Jesus.   We’re learning that the old notion of community-based, regenerating approaches (such as social entrepreneurship — Coffee For Peace in our case) to support our ministries are once again more sustainable than funding from governments …

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MWC ALLOWED ME TO SHARE ON ‘ANABAPTIST PEACEBUILDING IN THE PHILIPPINE CONTEXT’ BEFORE LEADERS IN AUGSBURG

What is Peace and why is it important in the Philippine context?   The history of our country is just like any colonized countries. The voices of the people are decapitated to express their desires and the will to dream for the future. The soul of peace is silenced. What shows, are the feelings of …

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THE BANAO AND SUMACHER TRIBES IN KALINGA WELCOME PBCI & CFP

PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI) and Coffee For Peace (CFP) have been enjoying a growing relationship with the various tribes of Kalinga province. I visited Kalinga again as a continuation of our prayerful commitment to support their aspiration for genuine autonomy. I praise the Great Creator — for those rich moments of bonding with our Kalinga family who …

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WE HONOR THE MAN OF PEACE WHO WELCOMED US IN MINDANAO

Between December 2004 and June 2005, I lived among the Bangsamoros in the Municipality of Sultan Kudarat, Province of Maguindanao and shared life with this amazing people group. I was embraced by the people in Sultan Kudarat, specifically by the family of Datu Kharis Matalam Baraguir.  It was through their simple life and their daily …

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THIS YEAR, WE’LL FOCUS ON ESTABLISHING PAR COMMUNITIES IN PANAY ISLAND

HAPPY NEW YEAR!   What a journey we had in 2016! Here’s a bunch of stories we shared to our accountability partners here in the Philippines.   Our focus in the year 2017 is to establish Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Communities in the five provinces of Panay Island. In the last quarter of 2016, we have …

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WITH MUCH ENTHUSIASM, WE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS 2016 WITH YOU

We celebrate the birth of Jesus with much excitement, perhaps even more enthusiastic, as we think of the current journey of our people in the Philippines. The first major message of the Christmas story is “Peace on Earth!” Why? Because the socio-historical context of the Christmas story was unpeace: Roman Imperialism dictated that people should …

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SYRIA: WHAT WESTERN MEDIA DO NOT TELL US

For my early morning prayer for Syria, I’m referring to a direct eyewitness account of Rev. Andrew Ashdown — a Minister with the Church of England — of his recent trip to Aleppo and the rest of the country. The rebels, supported and armed by US and UK, are terrorizing Syrian civilians. Syrian Army, Syrian …

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