Special Report

With a record attendance of 1,700 at pastors’ conferences in the Philippines, World Vision this summer crowned its 28th and 29th conferences in 11 countries since 1954 with an aggregate participation of more than 21,000 Christian workers.

A majority of the Protestant ministers and other full-time workers (missionaries, evangelists, Bible women, deaconesses) came from near and far for the sixth and seventh Philippines conferences, in Baguio City July 27–31 and in Iloilo City August 3–7. Cooperating were the Philippine Federation of Christian Churches (whose 2,000 congregations are Methodist, Unide de Cristo, Baptist, IEMELIF and the United Church of Christ in the Philippines whose 800 congregations were once Presbyterian, Evangelical United Brethren, Congregational and Disciples of Christ) and unaffiliated groups including Christian and Missionary Alliance, Southern Baptist, Conservative Baptist, Lutheran, Nazarene, Assemblies of God, Salvation Army, Four Square, Pilgrim Holiness, Seventh-day Adventist, plus other indigenous groups. There are some 100 denominations in the Philippines (ranging even to “The Church of Christ According to Matthew 16:18”) and World Vision has been credited as an instrument which, through evangelical concern and evangelistic earnestness, has drawn together scattered churches and rival denominations with a new sense of mutuality in mission.

A few clouds shadowed the Philippines conferences. The displeasure of ecumenically-active Methodist Bishop Jose Valencia of the Philippines blocked participation of Methodist Bishop Mongal Singh of India, a warm evangelical, as one of the speakers (Bishop Valencia’s son, meanwhile, was a member of a 12-man Methodist ...

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