LUZON – MINDORO SECTION
Oriental Mindoro was a province of the Philippines from 1921 until 1950, when it was split into two provinces, Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro. The word Mindoro comes from two words, Mina and De Oro, which mean large deposits of gold. Mindoro was first discovered by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, the first Spanish Governor General of the Philippines. Since 1921, many people from different provinces have migrated to Mindoro. As a result, Mindoro has many dialects, like Ilocano, Bicol, Tagalog, Ilonggo, Cebuano, and Visayan. Oriental Mindoro is an agricultural province. Farming, rice planting, fruit-bearing trees, and fishing are the resources for living. Oriental Mindoro is an ecclesiastical province composed of different sects, but despite this, many barangays still need to be evangelized.
Some of the JECPP churches are in Oriental Mindoro, which has 14 towns and one city. Our JECPP Mindoro sectional office is located at Bethel Victoria, Oriental Mindoro. In 2006, I, Rev. Eddie Falla, met Rev. Salvador Lachica, who was seeking pastors willing to plant churches under JECPP. At that time, I was pastoring an independent church.
Pastor Lachica brought me to Calapan for an interview. As a result, nine pastors were interviewed, and I’m the only one left working with JECPP. After that interview, I asked the Lord for the right place to plant a church for JECPP. After a month of praying, God led me to San Cristobal. After I had the permission of the barangay captain, I began to evangelize from house to house.
God blessed me one day when I met our volunteer leader, brother Jessie Yasona. After sharing the word of God with him and his family, they committed their lives to Jesus and offered their house for gathering every Sunday afternoon. After meeting in their home for one year, he donated a small lot for the church building. Today, we have a beautiful Evangel church building in San Cristobal.
In 2010, God began to open my eyes after I heard Rev. Dr. Robert Lim preach on church planting. I was challenged on that day to plant more churches. The vision God entrusted him also blessed me. As a church planter, I shared that vision with our leaders. In 2011, God led Rev. Dr. Robert Lim into a new strategy that challenged my life: to train leaders. through T4T (Training 4 Trainers). This is valuable material for church growth and the training of leaders and members. In the middle of 2013, our new Luzon Regional Director,
Rev. Jessie Yu, challenged me to be the core leader in Mindoro. This duty is not easy, but by the grace of God, I accepted the responsibility. According to the abilities with which God has endowed me as a new core leader, I encouraged every church planter in Mindoro to teach T4T. After Pastor Jetro Novero took over the Luzon Region Ministry as Director, the Mindoro Section continued the ministry.
During the pandemic years 2020–2021, the Mindoro Section never stops. Because of the advance in technology, we used social media to gather every Sunday via live streaming on Facebook. Even through the pandemic, we can visit our church members because of the privilege of becoming a Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary member. When the time came, we were able to gather people in the church once more. We were amazed that the members doubled their number compared to before.
In 2019, Pastor Dwight Ryan Falla and his wife, Jeannie Rose M. Falla, were appointed by me, Rev. Eddie Falla, Mindoro Section Coordinator, to be in charge of EFC San Cristobal and take over the ministry. EFC San Cristobal continues its growth by God’s grace. In the year 2022, God finally answered Ptr. Dwight and Sister Jeannie Rose M. Falla’s prayer. God knows how they waited patiently and did not give up on praying. There is a suitable time for God to make things happen. Godspeed as your child matures and carries on being a blessing to others.
Because of God’s grace and faithfulness, the Mindoro Section established a new church building this year in Upper Bambanin with Bro. Alejandro and his daughter, Sis. Ashley Dechosa, whom I appointed to lead the church in Upper Bambanin. Today, Evangel Family Churches in Mindoro are moving forward. Thank God for His grace. I gave my thanks to JECPP for caring for us so well.