Focusing on two areas of focus, global health and leadership development.
Describe the need affecting community
Health care is a basic need of Philippine villages (barangays) especially in remote areas. The accessibility of medical services and supplies, including the availability of dedicated and qualified health professionals, are important capabilities and resources that are not adequately provided in many areas. It is in these localities that we envision to make an impact in response to this basic need. In addition, we need to maximize our HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education Ministries.
How will this Advance project help to address the need?
We want to train church-based and community-oriented lay health workers and leaders all over the Baguio Episcopal Area. They will also support and coordinate with government efforts to bring health services to local communities (vaccination, immunization, health education, Medical, Optical, Dental, Evangelistic and Livelihood or MODEL Mission), etc.
Describe the primary goal of the project
This Project emphasizes the training of leaders in health ministries in order for the UMC to be relevant and responsive to one of the most important needs of communities. The long term impact of course must be in line with BEA’s understanding of Mission that is anchored in Discipleship and Evangelism. It must unleash the leadership primarily of lay people to actualize our quadrennial theme – “Therefore Go” – with health ministries as their priority ministry. Consequently, disciple-making and church-planting will result.
Describe the change you would like to see in the community as a result of this Advance project
Changes should include 1) Health services and ministries become more accessible to Church and community members, especially among 4Ps beneficiaries (official government classification to identify poorest of the poor in the Philippines) 2) Partnership of the UMC congregations and their surrounding local communities