Serving in the Philippines

Serving in the Philippines


Mitchel Bibelheimer continues to serve in the Philippines and provides some insight to his last 5 months there:

Happy World Mission Sunday! My name is Mitchel Bibelheimer, and I am currently representing the Diocese of Oklahoma as a missionary through Young Adult Service Corps. As I started my senior year at Oklahoma State University (go pokes!) I wanted to find something to do with my life that would give me the same level of joy that I found as a counselor at St. Crispin's. I decided to try a year in service to others, which has been such a powerful experience. I am stationed in the Philippines working with a community development program called E-CARE (Episcopal Community Action for Renewal and Empowerment). It is incredible to work with a program that has had so much success with Asset Based Community Development. E-CARE continues to work with communities to help them identify assets and capitalize them. In this way, the community partners are empowered to help themselves, which leads to self-reliant sustainable growth. It has been an incredibly inspiring 5 months, and has changed my life in so many ways. I have just committed to another year, and after my ministry I hope to get a Masters  Degree in International Development.

I am very grateful for the opportunity that the church has given me, and this same opportunity exists for every Episcopalian age 21-30. I hope you will help me spread the word so that more Episcopalians will know about this amazing opportunity. I am happy to talk to anyone about my ministry, and if there is anything that I can do please let me know!

One part of YASC is that the church asks us to try to raise $10,000 to help offset some of the cost. So far, I have raised $5,300 and I would really like to raise the full amount as a physical way to show my appreciation to YASC. If there is anything you or your congregation would be able to do to help that would be amazing! Another way you could get involved is to buy some E-CARE products. The Sagada Arabica has won international awards and some of our E-CARE communities produce it. If you have any interest in buying some for your church's coffee hour please let me know!

I could share about E-CARE for a long time, but I have tried to just give you a readable taste. If you have any interest in reading more of my stories please follow my blog "In God's Economy" which can be found at yascmitchel.wordpress.com, or you can follow me on facebook or instagram @ Henry Mitchel Bibelheimer. Please encourage your congregation to follow along and see how Oklahoma is participating in world mission, and how everyone could participate in the future. Thank you for reading, and have a blessed World Mission Sunday!



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