MISSIONS

EARLY YEARS
Prior to 2019, Refuge Church organized and led three mission trips to Dipolog City and Mutia in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines. The focus of these trips included leading Vacation Bible Schools, feeding the underserved, and preaching in the marketplace. These trips were led by Major and Nelsa Milligan. Nelsa is a native of Dipolog. She and Major reside there several months each year and continue to minister to her family and those who are in need including an ongoing once a month "feeding" program - sharing food as well as the Bread of life!

2015 MISSION TRIP PHOTOS 

2016 MISSION TRIP PHOTOS


MISSIONS TRIP 2019
In the summer of 2019, Suzette Hinkle made the trip with them to lead an assessment of the area's needs and help Refuge Church decide where/how God would have them make a long-term difference by fostering new economic and spiritual opportunities. It is Refuge Church’s global missions dream to pick one place and try to make a long-term difference in that area.

One of the highlights of the trip was training some of the local young ladies to continue ministering to the children in the community for a lasting impact beyond the one-week mission’s excursion. This will be the focus of our Summer 2020 trip – to equip and train local volunteers to lead their own Vacation Bible Schools and classes making ministry ongoing and sustainable.


2019 MISSION TRIP PHOTOS

PHILIPPINES 2020
As we continue to dream together, we welcome both your prayers and your partnership with us! You can help by making a DONATION or even joining us for our SUMMER MISSION TRIP in July of 2020.

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EXCITING NEWS
In July 2019, Refuge Church began an online conversation with Mark Powell (Director of General Baptist International Ministries), Joyce C. Porcadilla (President of General Baptist Bible College in Davao City, Philippines), and Filipino pastor Jaime Maputol (Moderator of General Baptist Church of the Philippines). Mark and Jaime (who was in the area at the time for the 2019 General Baptist Summit) met with Pastor Steve Hinkle at Refuge Lake City and together they shared their passion and dreams for the area of Dipolog City, Mutia, Piñan and beyond.

Within two months, Pastor Jaime was visiting Major and Nelsa in Dipolog and discussing the possibility of a new General Baptist church plant in the area. After his visit, Pastor Jaime informed us “I am happy and positive to inform you that the ministry in 'Dipolog' is now the right time to start by prayer because of the place is good. We pray that God will provide our need - specifically for a worker or missionary."

In August, Pastor Jaime informed us that the board of trustees of the General Baptist Church of the Philippines would be visiting the Dipolog area in November with the intention of praying for and considering the possible start of Refuge General Baptist Church in the Philippines.


BIBLE PROJECT
On September 15, 2019, we were given the opportunity to purchase the Word of God in the language and dialect of those in Dipolog and it's suburbs so that its life-changing message could reach their corner of the island. Enough was given for us to purchase 125 Bibles! The Bibles will be delivered by the General Baptist Churches of the Philippines in November 2019.