In a recent email, the Rev. Joel Arellano, priest-in charge of the Anglican Province of America’s Missionary District of the Philippines, reports that good progress is being made in growing the Anglican Church in the northern part of the island of Luzon.

There are currently three churches served by three priests in two provinces of this region. Two of the churches have been given property by local families and the construction on one of the properties is nearing completion. St. Joseph the Worker Anglican Church, located in Masoc, Nuevo Viscaya, was initially constructed to roof level by the cooperative communal effort of the local congregation. This joint cooperative effort is known as a “bayanihan,” a term derived from the Filipino word “bayan” referring to a community. The cost of the initial construction was paid for by savings from the monthly operating expenses. Additional funds ($2,500 from the Global Partners Emergency Fund) were sent to enable the community to complete the roof and to have electricity installed. The accompanying photographs show the partially completed building with roof, electricity, and doors and windows being installed.

It is hoped that construction of a church building at another of the churches will be able to begin soon. Prayers are requested for the ongoing work in the APA’s Missionary District of the Philippines.