Reputed as the center of economic trade in Northern Davao, Tagum was dubbed as the City of Gold because the people’s main source of income in this area is gold mining. Tagum is the first class city of the 1st Congressional District of the Province of Davao del Norte with its 233, 254 total population, 19, 580 hectares. Tagum is also known as the City of Golden Opportunities. Standing on its own feet now, Tagum City prides itself of multi-business establishments, malls, hotels, hospitals, tourist spots and many notable improvements.
Seeing the ministry blessed is great joy for people who love God’s Kingdom. God is really fulfilling his words through people who are willing to carry out His purpose to different parts of the nation.
On February 1994, Pastor Gregorio Simpas, together with his wife Pastor Rosario Simpas and 2-month old baby Micah set their foot out to respond to God’s call. It was a tearful moment as they left their beloved homeplace to obey God.
Being the first Ilonggo sent by JECPP to Mindanao, it was a difficult adjustment in a place far from home. Pastor Rosario could not speak and understand the language and dialects in the area. Pastor Greg was slightly better equipped as he was able to speak a little Cebuano. It might have been hard, but they believed that God has His plans. Their trust and love for God kept them going in the ministry. On their first Sunday service, Pastor Greg preached while Pastor Rosario and little Micah were the first listeners. The following Sunday, they saw God sending two contacts, and then added four souls on their third Sunday.
For more than ten years, they thought the church seemed stagnant, but they remained faithful to the promises of God. On January 2000, the first outstation church was planted in Tipaz. This outstation church gathered in an old government building. The church began to experience faster growth compared to the main church, and the owner of the building became a faithful member and supporter.
Seeing the good results, Pastor Greg and Pastor Rosario felt the eagerness to plant more outstation churches inside and outside Tagum City. With the help of a member who offered her house to be a place of worship, they opened another ministry in Kapalong section. This outstation church has borne 18 outstation churches at present.
In the year 2001, they were among the church planters that Rev. Dr. Robert Lim awarded with a motorbike to ease church outreaches.
“Words cannot explain the goodness and faithfulness of God to us,” said Pastor Rosario, “God has brought us a long way, and we have seen our dreams for the past 21 years come to pass.”
Pastor Greg and Pastor Rosario have seen Sunday school students graduating from College, some members prospering in their own businesses and some pioneering members now pastoring and laboring alongside with them in the ministry.
Now, Evangel Family Church Tagum has been blessed by God not only in the spiritual aspects but also in finances.
“From bicycle to ‘trisikad’, from motorbike to multicab, from a container drumset to a genuine drumset, from manila paper to a projector. God has proved that our labors in Him are not in vain, “Pastor Rosario said as she recalled EFC-Tagum’s simple beginning and God’s enablement all along. “One of my husband’s cherished dreams is to have our own permanent church building and lot before he could reach his 50th year. We continue to hold on to the promise that God had given to us in Isaiah 54:2-3 and Zechariah 8:20. Truly we are determined to enlarge our tent for the many who are yet to come.”
At present, Evangel Tagum is supervising at least 52 outstations and CPM works. The main church is located at the heart of Tagum City on the 3rd Floor Boja Building Bonifacio Street.