Early Childhood Education Seminar/Orientation in Baguio City

Praise be to God for the remarkable opportunity to lead a three-part series of Mission Ministries Philippines’ Early Childhood Education Seminar/Orientation in the picturesque locale of Baguio City last March 18-19, 2024.

The inaugural session was held at Doane Rest Ministry, drawing in enthusiastic Sunday School teachers guided by the experienced Teacher Lalaine Clark, alongside dedicated Masteral students from the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary under the mentorship of Prof. Raposa.

Another illuminating session unfolded at PBTS, graciously overseen by Pastor Onnie Avante, the Chairman of MMP Board, coinciding with the joyous celebration of the 30th anniversary of Jesus Our Life Ministries.

As we reflect on these enriching experiences, we fervently pray that the seeds of wisdom and inspiration planted during these seminars will take root deeply within the hearts and minds of all participants, blossoming into abundant fruit in the lives of the children they passionately serve. May God’s blessings continue to multiply the impact of our collective efforts as we nurture and educate the next generation, all to the glory of His name.

Celebrating Talents and Entrepreneurship: A Heartwarming Event in Honor of Jesus’s Birthday

Show of Talents and Kidprenuer Fair
by Erlyn B. Isidro

In the spirit of giving and celebration this Christmas season, Mission Ministries Philippines hosted its 20th Show of Talents and Kidpreneur Fair last December 1, 2023 at JFD stadium in San Mateo Rizal. The event was a remarkable gathering where students from 12 partner schools of MMP came together to share their unique gifts in honor of Jesus’s birthday.

One of the most inspiring aspects of the fair was the children’s entrepreneurial skills. The Kidprenuers set up stalls to sell their handmade creations and products. From handmade jewelry, eco-friendly crafts and delicious sweets, even selling of native products from Ifugao, Mountain Province as one of the partners came all the way from the Northen part of Luzon.

Adding to the event is the wonderful performance of the talented magician who captivated both the parents and children, adding an additional element of wonder and excitement.
Moreover, MMP invited Pastor Vergilio Lapena, former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of MMP and now one of its International Adviser, to impart the true meaning Christmas and that is the love of our heavenly Father. He sent His Son Jesus Christ to save us. This is the main objective of the event to spread the Gospel to Jesus.

A beautiful smile of one of the partner schools after their performance.

Dr. Philip Paleracio, a Filipino Doctor in U.S. and friend of one of the International Advisers of MMP also graced the event and gave an inspiring message to all present.

The “Show of Talents and Kidpreneur Fair” was a resounding success, not only in terms of talents rendered and products sold, but also in fostering a sense of community, encouragement among the partner schools, the parents and the students. And as we reflect on this joyous occasion, let us remember the that Jesus Christ is God’s greatest gift to us.

Early Childhood Seminar Level 1 in Collaboration with Agape Partners Academy

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We are delighted to share the wonderful news that another successful Early Childhood Seminar Level 1 was held on June 12-14, 2023, at Mati, Davao.

This event was organized in collaboration with Agape Partners Academy, a remarkable educational institution that has been a partner of MMP since 2008.

Initially starting with just eight students, the school has flourished over the years and now boasts an enrollment of over 700 students. Agape Partners Academy offers a comprehensive Christian curriculum spanning from Kindergarten to Junior High, consistently providing high-quality education in Davao.

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The school has gained recognition as the leading institution for delivering excellent Christian education in the region, setting a benchmark for educational standards. The immense growth and progress they have achieved are truly remarkable. Witnessing this remarkable journey, we express our gratitude to Jesus for blessing Agape Partners Academy and enabling them to expand their impact. It is truly a testament to the dedication, hard work, and commitment of the school’s staff, students, and supporters.

With this significant milestone, Agape Partners Academy is now poised to open another branch, extending their influence and enriching the lives of more students. The seed that was planted years ago has indeed grown into a thriving educational institution, nurturing young minds and shaping their futures.

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We give all the glory to God for the success of the Early Childhood Seminar Level 1 and the growth of Agape Partners Academy. This achievement serves as a shining example of what can be accomplished when faith, education, and a strong sense of purpose come together. We are grateful for the opportunity to be part of this journey and eagerly look forward to witnessing the continued impact of Agape Partners Academy in providing quality Christian education to the community.Thanks much! God bless!

Transformed Teachers, Transformed Generation

After three arduous years of grappling with the global pandemic, where no students were able to enroll, we are overjoyed to announce that we finally have a group of ten exceptional individuals who successfully completed their Certificate course in Early Childhood Education on June 26, 2023.

This momentous achievement was made possible through our valued partnership with the Asian Theological Seminary. To our esteemed graduates, we extend our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes as you embark on this noble journey of transforming the lives of our early learners. Your dedication, perseverance, and commitment to the field of education are truly commendable. As you now formally assume the responsibility of shaping the minds and futures of our young ones, may the divine blessings of the Lord be upon you. May you find fulfillment, joy, and satisfaction in the remarkable work you have chosen. We take immense pride in your accomplishments and are confident that you will excel in your chosen path. You have overcome numerous obstacles and demonstrated exceptional resilience during these unprecedented times. Your unwavering determination serves as an inspiration to us all.

Once again, congratulations to our graduates! May God bless each and every one of you abundantly as you embark on this remarkable journey of transforming lives.

“God’s Plan for Family: Nurturing Parenting Seminar”

A Parenting seminar was conducted by Mission Ministries Philippines and partner school Head Start Learning Center last February 8, 2023, at Bagong Silangang, Quezon City.

Dr. Chonabelle Domingo the speaker of the said seminar, highlighted the purpose of God for creating a family and the challenges faced by parents in today’s fast-paced and rapidly changing world. The lecture covers other topics like Understanding the Behavioral Problems, Nature of the children, and Disciplinary Measures.

During group discussions, participants had the opportunity to express their own thoughts and experiences, which sparked parent cooperation and networking. Parents can impart knowledge and insights and learn from one another during the event.

In the end, the attendees were grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow as parents and expressed their appreciation for the organizers’ efforts.

ECE Seminar at K.I.L.A.

On March 17, 2023, Kids International Learning Academy (KILA) in Binangonan, Rizal, hosted a seminar on Early Childhood Care, organized by Mission Ministries Philippines (MMP). Ms. Elizabeth Anne King-Santos, an expert in early childhood education and the author of MMP’s Toddlers Curriculum, led the seminar as one of MMP’s on-call trainers and consultants. Ms. Santos is also a preschool owner and homeschool educator, a professor in the Training Certificate of MMP and ATS, and a regular speaker in the annual ECE seminars of MMP.

The seminar covered various topics such as Philosophy in Early Childhood Education, Assessment, Methods of Teaching, Classroom Management, and Classroom Discipline. The principal and part-owner of KILA, Ms. Joan Ong, organized the seminar. Ms. Ong is also the author of MMP’s Math Made Easy book and a former seminar lecturer.

KILA started as a small preschool in a small space in partnership with MMP in 2000. Over the years, it has grown into a prominent school in their area, offering Secondary education to the children of missionaries. The seminar marked a revival of their partnership with MMP.

School Seminar Empowers Teachers with New Sunday Strategies and Ideas

On January 28, 2023, Mission Ministries Philippines and Horizon Ministries at Binangonan, Rizal, conducted a Sunday School seminar. The event was attended by enthusiastic Sunday School teachers and volunteers from Horizon Ministries and Aral Simula—the workshop aimed to empower teachers with new strategies and ideas to enhance their students’ learning experience.

The seminar began with a warm welcome by the organizers, who expressed their appreciation for Sunday School teachers’ hard work and dedication. Next, the keynote speakers, Teacher Claribel “Bing” Amihan, Teacher Loida Garcia, and Dr. Chonabelle Domingo, shared their insights and experiences on the topic of “Early Childhood Education in the Context of Sunday School.” The lecture was engaging and inspiring and provided attendees with valuable tips and techniques to improve their teaching skills.

After the keynote speech, the attendees participated in a series of interactive workshops designed to provide hands-on experience in implementing new teaching strategies. The workshops covered many topics, including Classroom Management Strategies, Positive Discipline, Emotional coaching, and Variety is the Key: Teaching Strategies Galore.

The attendees were also able to share their own experiences and ideas during group discussions, which encouraged collaboration and networking among the teachers. The event provided a platform for teachers to learn from each other and exchange ideas and insights.

Ms. Clarisse Baltazar, a student in the Asian Theological Seminary under Matul 555, spearheaded this seminar. She attended MMP’s Early Childhood Education 1 & 2 seminars in 2022, part of the Matul 555. She caught the vision and shared the idea with her church, Horizon Ministries.

In conclusion, the Sunday School seminar was a resounding success, and the attendees left with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and inspiration. The event provided a valuable platform for Sunday School teachers to learn, network, and exchange ideas. The organizers expressed their satisfaction and plans to put up their preschool in the future.

Reading to Learn

Mary Mcleod Bethune once remarked, “The whole world opened to me when I learned to read,” And it is indeed true. Reading is an effective way to discover what the world has to offer. With this in mind, Mission Ministries Philippines (MMP) and Action for the Care & Development of the Poor in the Philippines, Inc. (ACAP) joined forces again in training their childcare volunteers to teach how to read.

The seminar was held last March 30, 2023, at the ACAP office in Paranaque. It was attended by 30 of its volunteers.

The speakers, Dr. Chonabelle Domingo, President and CEO of MMP, and Ms. Erlyn B. Isidro, facilitated this whole-day event.

Apart from the importance of reading, the process of reading, stages of writing, and lesson planning, the speakers also tackled the Marungko approach, a technology MMP has adopted to teach children how to read in Filipino. Based on MMP’s experience, children can read in just one month by using this approach through its book BIP BIP or Bilis sa Pagbasa ng Batang Isip-Pinoy.

A workshop was also done for the application of what they learned. The volunteers were able to develop stories and activities that they could use.

MMP Celebrating the Birth of Christ

Mission Ministries Philippines and its partners celebrated the annual Christmas party last December 10, 2022, at the Good News Global Ministries in Pasig. Another joyful event to fellowship with the partners face-to-face. With the theme “Reuniting, Reconnecting, Remembering … The Christ of Christmas

This event is a reunion and Christmas Celebration of partners after the pandemic. For two years, the Christmas party was held online.

Presents and raffle prizes were in abundance from the good and generous hearts of some key people, with special mention to the MMP Officers of Teachers’ Associations and the supervisors.

Pastor Julian Vallente, the head pastor of the Good News Global Ministries, gave the inspirational message. From his message, we should be one just as Jesus Christ and the Heavenly Father are one. God sees us as one body of Christ and should work together to achieve His purpose for us.

The gathering was also graced by Pastor Joey Casas, one of the board of Trustees of MMP, and Ms. Zeny Ablang, former Children’s Mission Philippines Team Leader who is now helping MMP in her own capacity.

The partners reunite and reconnect because we remember that Christ is the reason for all these things we do in Mission Ministries Philippines.

MMP Trains ACAP Volunteers

Mission Ministries Philippines (MMP) and Action for the  Care and Development of the Poor in the Philippines ( ACAP) conducted another 3-day training seminar for ACAP child monitor volunteers last November 8-10, 2022 at Brgy. San Antionio, Paranaque. This training was participated by more than 20 child monitors from different Barangays in Paranaque. The theme of the said event was “ Learning is Enjoyable, not Endurable”

Ms. Lourdes van der Linden, ACAP Executive Director, welcomed and thank all the participants for attending and encouraged them that the knowledge they will gain will help them to be more effective in their field.

Topics like Child Discipline, Love Language, Anti-bullying, Child Protection Policy, and Different Philosophies in Education made a great impact on the participants.

The participants shared their personal experiences and the challenges they are facing as parents and child monitors.  With the topics presented,  they will be able to supervise the families they are in charge of more effectively if they are aware of their own issues.

In addition to the said seminar, MMP conducted the Reading Seminar using the Marungko Approach via zoom to the teachers of Supervised Neighborhood Play Teachers last December 2, 2022.

ACAP is a non-profit organization working to empower marginalized youth through a combination of education, social development, and health and nutritional feeding programs.

Ms. Kate Pagsolingan, ACAP Program Manager, and Jefferson Balistoy, ACAP Project Officer spearheaded the seminars.