Professor for Christian Education at PBTS, Dr. Rosalie Jessica Raposa with PBTS alumni Mariz Eustaquio (’15) and Dr. Ariston Bacaoco (’08) with Willy Fulgencio initiated a missions effort in Busac, Oas in the province of Albay last April 15-19.
A baranggay of 268 households, Raposa shares that it has been a long-time “impression” and a “dream” to be able to do ministry in Busac. The place according to Raposa does not have an Evangelical presence; where “VBS” is not known.
Raposa called the project, “Magayon Mobile Missions” (M.M.M.). The word “magayon” means “beautiful” in Albay. This is inspired by what Paul wrote to the Philippian church to meditate on things that are lovely and noble (Phil. 4:8-9) . The loveliness and nobility of reaching out to others is what prompted Raposa.
“There is this desire to minister, to help, na hindi lang tayo puro sa classroom [that we are not only in a classroom]. There is this desire to minister, to be in the field.” says Raposa. Theory and discussion must be informed by practice in order for theory to be relevant.
Included in their efforts is conducting a whole day Bible Class, providing school supplies to kids and visiting households for prayer and counseling. The team also provided reading glasses to senior members in the community.
Busac is a locality where ashes usually fall whenever the Mayon volcano would erupt and poverty levels are high. Raposa shares that a large part of what motivates her is to be a channel of hope for members of the community.
She reflects on continuing the Magayon Mobile Missions long term with a desire that it becomes a partnership with the locality. Raposa will also be sharing her own insights with seminarians and sees that this would be a good learning avenue for them in the future.