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Ministry Description

Word of Life Philippines has a rich testimony of God's faithfulness! From the very beginning the team's purpose has been evangelism and discipleship of Filipino youth and that focus continues to drive them on today as they strive to meet the changing needs of young people with the truths from God's Word that never change.

1973 marked the beginning of Word of Life in the Philippines as evangelist, Rev. Ernie Hautala, arrived from the United States with his family. The first few years were spent developing Bible Clubs on a small scale and an evangelistic Bible Basketball program. Their motto became: "No Bible, No Basketball". God was at work, and in 1975 the first Filipino staff joined the team.

As the team looked to expand their camping ministry, God provided a beautiful piece of jungle property in September of 1977. It was a miracle; the team had no money to buy a piece of land, but no money was needed! The property was entrusted to Word of Life Philippines for free with a 25-year lease. Construction on the camp began immediately and on April 22, 1978 the new camp was dedicated to the Lord.

Young people started attending camps at Word of Life and many came to know the Lord as their personal Savior. This resulted in the start of many office Bible studies around Manila as young professionals desired to grow in their new relationship with Jesus Christ. For a time, there were more than 25 evangelistic office Bible studies around Manila, including some on college campuses.

1981 saw the start of the Word of Life Bible Institute program. Nine students attended the school that first year under the leadership of Rev. Joe Mauk. This 1-year Bible training and discipleship program continued to grow under the leadership of Dr. Gerry Tolentino and Rev. John Fogle. Today, the Word of Life Bible Institute trains an average of 40 students each year. The program has also expanded into an optional second, third or fourth year extension for those desiring to go into full time ministry.

Rev. Mike Foster arrived with his family in 1983 and under his leadership the Word of Life Philippines Bible Club ministry officially began. This ministry continued to grow under the leadership of Rev. Tom Dennison and is blossoming today with the name of Local Church Ministries under the leadership of Rev. Jonel Arcedera. Today, the Local Church Ministries team is partnering with over 50 local churches and schools around the country providing discipleship, curriculum and leadership training.

In 1991, Word of Life's camping ministry began to expand as they were given a beautiful seaside property just outside Cagayan De Oro City, Mindanao under the leadership of Rev. Keith Ebrahim. Again, God provided in miraculous ways and Seaside Bible Camp began to expand and blossom. Today, this southern camp holds an average of 14,000 campers each year!

As the camping program continued to grow it came time for the 25-year property lease to expire. Again, the team looked to the Lord, asking Him what He would have them to do. The decision was made to purchase a new piece of property and in August of 2000 God provided, not only the place, but the finances to purchase the property as well! On March 3, 2001 an official property dedication was held, and construction on "Project New Beginning" was begun. More than 40 work teams from the US and other countries, in addition to the staff and local laborers, made it possible to transfer the entire Camp/BI ministry (plus the now 22 staff families) from the old camp to the new Calauan site by deadline.

Under the leadership of Rev. Mike Foster beginning in 1997, Word of Life Philippines expanded to over 75 staff located in all three geographical regions of the Philippines (Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao). This past year the Word of Life team worked with over 50 Bible Clubs scattered around the Philippines and saw over 1,000 teens being discipled weekly. Between the two Word of Life Camps in Laguna and Mindanao over 26,000 campers heard the good news about Jesus Christ and more than 2,500 claimed to trust Him as their personal Savior. Our ministry is currently made up of a Camping ministry in 2 locations, Bible Institute led by Dr. Gerry Tolentino, Local Church ministries division led by Rev. Jonel Arcedera and an ongoing Campus Ministry at University of the Philippines in Los Banos under the leadership of Rev. Bing Echem; Life Step young adult ministries led by Rev. Jonathan Abraham; Open Air Evangelism led by Michael Buco.

In May of 2015, the directorship of the ministry was passed on to Rev. Mike VanProoyen. The future of Word of Life is exciting as we seek to expand our ministry into more areas of the Philippines while also catching the vision to expand into South East Asian Countries.

The glory goes to God alone! By His grace, the Word of Life Philippines team is looking forward to continuing to reach young people around the Philippines and Asia with God's message of hope and Salvation.

Country Description

The Philippines is a tropical archipelago consisting of more than 7,000 islands. Situated 700 miles off the coast of Asia it is the second largest archipelago in the world next to Indonesia and is slightly larger than Arizona. Its location is strategic and makes rich with natural resources, which attracts many types of people. There are two official languages in the Philippines, Filipino and English. Of the country's 105 million people, 83% of them claim Roman Catholicism as their religion.

Contact Information

Word of Life Philippines
Brgy Perez
Calauan, Laguna 4012


Our Missionaries

Jonel & Eunice Arcedera

Barbie Baradi

Michael & Jocelyn Buco

Jesil & Bambie Butihen

Liezel Castrence

Alice Childs

Zoren Corporal

Bing & Lovely Echem

Melo & Joyce Echem

Mike & Marti Foster

Roy & Grace Gonzales

Lael Ibanes

Wadie Kinontao

Barry & Shiela Maique

Jeffrey Rafol

Ezra Rico

Joel & Rachel Shelley

Gerry & Daria Tolentino

Mike & Pretty VanProoyen

Jerry Fe & Joanne Waslo

Short-Term Missions

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Philippines BI Scholarship Project (07028C)
Philippines Camp Scholarship Project (07023C)
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Philippines Development Project (07022C)
Philippines Evangelism Project (07210C)
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Sizzling Seminars

Sizzling Seminars address the hot topics teens are dealing with each day. These seminars provide Biblical understanding that Jesus Christ is the answer for our confused world.
2,133 teens have been exposed to the gospel through these seminars.
Several teachers have responded to the ... read more

Intense Discipleship For Me

Praise the Lord for the continued results of the Intense Discipleship Ministry. Two years ago we assisted an outreach church in San Pablo City. The result of our ministry with them was two college students coming to know Christ. This church started doing worship services 6 months after our ministry... read more

Sending Teens Out to Reach the Masses

S.T.O.R.M. Sending Teens Out to Reach the Masses
15 locations
78 local churches represented
770 trained on how to present the gospel clearly
1211 exposed to the gospel
515 responded to the gospel

Here are some of the highlights and more

Two People. One Story. One Place

Being a counselor at camp is very exciting, especially when you were once a camper. It was even more exciting for me because I got saved at Word of Life Camp. The summer of 2011 I had the privilege of ministering to young people as a counselor, and that summer one of my campers was Tristan. Tristan ... read more

Ready. Set. Go! Summer Camp

From Liz, one of our Cross Cultural Interns

This past week I had the opportunity to counsel at the Word of Life summer camp here in the Philippines. Counseling gave me an opportunity not only to counsel, but to work on my Tagalog. Some of the girls in my cabin did not speak much ... read more

Team Building

Exciting things are happening at the Word of Life camp in the Philippines. Saturday we brought all our Laguna staff together to work on filling gabions with rock by the river to help stop erosion. The team worked hard and made great progress! Praise the Lord for beautiful weather to work in, great ... read more

The Million Dollar Question

We were recently presenting the Gospel at a school. The Principal of the school, Mrs. Orosa, was speaking with one of our missionaries and asked the million dollar question. "What is the difference between my religion and your religion?" Jonel answered, "I don't have a religion but what I have is ... read more

Blueprint for Evangelism

Blueprint for Evangelism is a evangelistic training class for adults and teens to present the gospel clearly and ask people to respond to the gospel. One of the goals is to gain confidence sharing Christ to others and a pattern of life.
Our latest training was in San Pablo City and we had 25 ... read more

We are Making a Difference

If you are wondering if your partnership with us is making a difference, please take a few minutes to watch this video. We are blessed to be His instruments... read more

Obedience by Faith

As I was attending a service in my home church where I met a 17 year old guy. As we shared, I learned that he and his girlfriend had fallen into sin and that his girlfriend was pregnant. While listening to our pastor, I suddenly felt that the Lord wanted me to share the gospel with this guy. I ... read more

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