by Pastor Abel Vergara | WMC Communication Director
November 10, 2023
Delegates from the Western Mindanao Conference (WMC) were greeted with open arms and insightful discussions during their brief visit to the Mountain Provinces Mission (MPM) headquarters. Pastor Max Cadalig, President of MPM, offered a warm welcome and shared valuable insights into the nature and challenges faced by MPM in their mission to serve the diverse indigenous groups within their territory. Following the enlightening briefing, Pastor Cadalig’s wife, Rolyn Cadalig, graciously served a vegetarian lunch, creating a memorable experience for the WMC pastors.
The visit to MPM headquarters served as a prelude to the WMC pastors’ participation in their upcoming mission work. Pastor Max Cadalig’s introductory talk provided a comprehensive overview of the intricacies of the mission field, emphasizing the importance of cultural sensitivity, respect, and a deep understanding of the indigenous communities they serve. He offered valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities presented by MPM’s ministry among the diverse indigenous groups in their region, shedding light on the multifaceted nature of their work.
As the WMC pastors absorbed these insights, they were not only grateful for the warm hospitality extended by MPM but also deeply appreciative of the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the mission’s complexity. The interaction with Pastor Cadalig and his comprehensive overview left a lasting impression on the visiting pastors, who now approach their mission with a heightened awareness of the cultural and societal nuances they will encounter.
The hospitality extended by MPM continued with a delectable vegetarian lunch served by Pastor Max Cadalig’s wife, Rolyn Cadalig. The meal served as a unifying experience, reinforcing the sense of camaraderie and shared purpose that characterizes missionary work. As the WMC pastors sat together, breaking bread and sharing stories, they were not just nourishing their bodies but also their spirits.
The entire experience was a testament to the warm Filipino hospitality, fostering an environment of unity and mutual respect. The visit to MPM headquarters provided an invaluable opportunity for the WMC pastors to connect on a deeper level with their mission and to forge meaningful connections with their fellow delegates.