Eric and Sandra Read, Philippines
Demonstrating natural farming models alongside equipping churches in holistic mission for real community impact.
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Churches in the Philippines are often very strong in their evangelism work but few seem to make a real difference within their community. There is a real need for churches to be a positive influence in the transformation of their communities, fulfilling God’s calling for them to be light and salt.
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Eric and Sandra’s story
Our role is twofold. We train and mentor a small team and work with them to give churches vision and training in integral mission. We give the churches practical training using a “participatory learning and action” approach. The aim is to equip the churches to be able to continue transforming their communities without further help from us.
Secondly, we run a farm using natural farming principles to fund our ministry and also demonstrate sustainable farming practices. We seek to live out the gospel in all areas of life within our rural community. We are also building relationships with churches and doing some teaching in a local seminary.
Eric is from England and Sandra is from the Philippines. Eric is an engineer by training and worked on designing and manufacturing landmine clearing machines. He spent six years with a Christian peacemaking charity, first in the Philippines and then in Uganda. Sandra is a nurse and spent many years doing medical relief with Christian agencies in Southeast Asia and Africa, until we got married. We started our married life in a mud hut in Uganda.
In 2006 we joined Church Mission Society and, together with our children Peter and Atiyyah, spent four years in DR Congo, training local churches and working with them in holistic mission, before moving to the Philippines.
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