DESPITE THE VIOLENCE AROUND US, I SENSE SO MUCH HEALING ENERGIES EMBRACING US

In the midst of violence and injustice happening in Mindanaw, I sense healing energies embracing the people who are in the forefront of justice and peace advocacy. I’ve been encountering this breath of fresh air through the inspiring words of global leaders and through a series of meetings with civil society workers and leaders.

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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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JOJI SERVES AS PLENARY SPEAKER AT THE 2019 LEARNING CONFERENCE

Last 15 January 2019, Joji served as plenary speaker at the Learning Conference 2019 which was held at the Mary Hill Retreat Center, Taytay, Rizal. This conference was organized by the Asian School of Development and Cross-Cultural Studies (ASDECS) in partnership with Kabalikat para sa Maunlad na Buhay, Inc. (KMBI). The conference theme was “Conspiracy of the Wise Builders” — it’s about building sustainable, regenerating, and transformational communities.

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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.

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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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MY RANTS WHILE ADVOCATING PEACE AND RECONCILIATION UNDER MARTIAL LAW IN MINDANAO

Last Wednesday, 12 December 2018, the 17th Congress extended the martial law in Mindanao until the end of 2019. It was President Rodrigo Duterte who requested the legislative body to extend the military rule in our island. This means also that the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in our region is suspended. The government can arrest persons of interest without a warrant. This is the current socio-political context of our peace-and-reconciliation ministry.

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EQUIPPING DISCIPLES OF LOVE IN THE MIDST OF RESOURCE-BASED ARMED CONFLICTS IN MINDANAO

I was taking pictures of one of the Kadayawan dance groups in Davao City. The face of a woman dancer caught my attention. I felt in her facial expression what I’ve been hearing from certain leaders of the Lumad or Indigenous Peoples in Mindanao with whom I interact: “Listen! Hear my voice! Listen to my angry heart. Stop lecturing on us! You’ve been killing our people. Stop killing us! You’ve been pitting us against each other. Stop dividing us! You’ve been destroying our mountains and rivers. Stop stealing our lands!”

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OUR GLOBAL PEACE COMMUNITY

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