Manila, The Philippines
Walk alongside the poor and marginalized in the mega-cities of the developing world and begin to understand how God can transform lives and urban settings.
With one of the largest populations in the world, Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is estimated that twenty-five to thirty percent of the city's population live in slums or squatter settlements in various areas around the metro area. Manila's history is a story of 350 years of colonization, first by the Spanish, beginning with its founding in 1571. The Philippines finally became independent in 1946, but has experienced a lot of political turmoil and corruption since. Because of the influence of the Spanish, the main cultural religion is Roman Catholicism. Tagalog is the main language, but English is used in business, schools, and by the national media.
Although there will be service components ("doing"), the focus of the Global Urban Trek is learning ("being") among native Filipino leaders and communities who have boldly ministered in difficult places and situations through a holistic understanding of the gospel. Participants will have cross-cultural mission training, live incarnationally in poor communities, and work alongside one or more organizations and/or ministries in metro Manila. Trek participants will be exposed to some of the following elements: family life, church plants, youth and adolescent programs, community development, community intervention, child and family development, outreach, and counseling.
As students experience daily life and the needs of this community, they may begin to sense God's call to longer-term service among the urban poor.