The City of Kidapawan is the capital city of North Cotabato province and currently the seat of the Provincial government. It is situated at the Southeastern portion of the Province of North Cotabato. It is almost midway between the cities of Davao and Cotabato at a distance of 110 and 120 kilometers, respectively. It is bounded on the East by Davao del Sur, on the West by towns of M’lang and Matalam, on the North by the town of Magpet and on the South by the town of Makilala. The city’s total land area is 34,000 hectares comprising 40 barangays with approximately 120,000 populations as of 2012.
Kidapawan City plays a pivotal role in the economic development of the province. It serves as the commercial and trading center of the adjacent municipalities. Kidapawan City’s land is primarily agricultural area with 56% (19,000 hectares) of its total land area devoted to agricultural production. With that, the city prides itself as the “Fruit Basket of the Philippines” where various varieties of exotic fruits thrive in its barangays such as rambutan, durian, mangosteen, marang and banana. Located outside the typhoon belt, the city is blessed with favorable climate characterized by wet and dry seasons.
EFC – KIDAPAWAN
In November 3, 2005, Pastor Tony J. Angelias and wife Pastora Liza were sent by God to Kidapawan to pioneer the planting of Evangel Family Church (EFC). The couple started the ministry at the heart of the city. Equipped with the vision of Jireh Evangel Church Planting of the Philippines (JECPP), Pastor Tony and Pastor Liza persistently devoted themselves to prayer, house-to-house evangelism, crusade and prayer walk.
With the financial assistance of JECPP through Rev. Peter Wee, Regional Director of Southern Mindanao Region, EFC Kidapawan was able to conduct the first church service in a small building at Apo Sandawa Homes with five families attending. A month after, Pastor Tony with his flock moved to another rented building located along National Highway, Quezon Blvd. The church stayed there for three years and eight months. In 2009, EFC Kidapawan moved again to another building located near the market at Labastida St., Kidapawan City. The Church continued to pray hard, spending time to midnight prayers and prayer chains. God opened doors for new contacts and breathe new victories.
Due to its growing number of members, the church rented spaces at the Senior Citizen Hall and Landmark Pavilion restaurant for its morning services and conducted evening services Labastida St. The church had to keep up with the encumbrances of transferring equipment from place to place. Pastors Tony and Liza prayed for one big place of worship that can accommodate members and guests. They would have wanted to conduct all services at Landmark Pavilion, but the church needed to pay for much higher rent.
Believing for God’s financial provision, all church services are now held at Landmark Pavilion. As of 2015 first quarter, the attendance for two Sunday services is averaging to 100 adults and young people.
Passionate in winning more souls for Jesus, Pastor Tony and Pastora Liza continue to train leaders and hold discipleship class every Saturday afternoon. Twenty leaders join The Timothy Initiative tool provided by JECPP. At present, there are eight cell church leaders holding 21 cell churches. There are also eight care groups every Thursday and five campus ministries opened in high schools and colleges.
Hearts on Fire continues to shake and unite young people every Friday Night. Consequently, God graciously adds new young faces in the crowd. Sincere and talented young people are given the chance to be trained and be part of the EFC-Kidapawan music team (Fire Band) and Hearts on Fire Dance Crew.
Throughout a decade, EFC-Kidapawan has experienced both trials and triumphs. But praises be to God for the battles were His. Further, Pastor Tony was appointed as Section Leader for North Cotabato and Davao del Sur in February 2012. In March 29, 2012, he was ordained as Reverend.
As EFC-Kidapawan continues to walk her journey, the church believes for greater things to come, and greater works are still to be done for our Lord Jesus Christ. As the church continues to testify the mighty works of the Lord, healing and miracles continue to happen in the ministry. From day to day, lives change and faith increases.