Multi-ethnic Church Gathers 500 Backpacks for the Philippines

Multi-ethnic Church Gathers 500 Backpacks for the Philippines
Children at the Tanauan Community Church in Leyte, Philippines thank those who sent backpacks through SendRelief. (Submitted photo)

SAN DIEGO (BP) – Last year Old Town Community Church sent 72 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to the Philippines. This year, they’re sending 500.

“The backpacks are an instrument for us to show we are able to love them and reach out to them, and an opportunity for us to share with them the love of God,” Irene Achacoso told Baptist Press. She is the wife of Alex Achacoso, pastor at Old Town since he started the church as a Filipino congregation in 1993.

In the years since, the neighborhood and congregation of about 80 attending Sunday morning worship have become home to people from several lands: Africa, Brazil, Central America, Europe, the Middle East, and “even Texas,” executive pastor Don Biadog told Baptist Press.

Old Town Community’s multi-ethnic expansion could be because of the church’s active missions programs. Its food pantry operates three times a week, and gives out about a half-million pounds of food a year, Biadog said. There’s a continual emphasis on reaching children with the gospel. And earlier this year the church for two weeks housed 82 refugees from Ukraine.

“Looking at the success of the backpacks last year – several of the children were saved – we decided to do it again this year,” Achacoso said.

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Source: Baptist Press

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