The Korean Methodist missionaries joined the ministry with indigenous community by the Bayan ni Hesus – Pamayanang Katutubo a sepcial ministry under the Southern Tagalog provisional Conference which is funded by the Ethnic Local Church Grant of the General Board of Church and Soceity of the United Methodist Church.
The Korean Methodist missionaries where headed by Rev. Seung De Lee a missionary in Bulacan and also handling the Phil-Kor Central Church in Calamba City, Laguna (formerly known as the One Mind Mission Church – a Korean Methodist sponsored church) led the medical mission among the Dumagat community along the Agos river in Baranggay Minahan Norte of the General Nakar town in Quezon Province last August 28, 2012 with Rev. Mervin Anthony Montano Project head of the Bayan ni Hesus which the Pamayanang Katutubo is part of.
Pastor Lee also a doctor with his friends some came from Baguio City which is 6 hour drive away north of Manila check the people’s blood pressure, sugar level and treated some of them with Ventosa and acupuncture especially the males who do hard work. The children were given vitamins and medicines to the children who are sick of fever and colds. The children got sick because of the rainy weather especially that a typhoon recently passed the Philippines. And also their houses were not partially covered that is why the children were susceptible to sickness. There is plan with the Dumagat people to look for a permanent place where they can live and have stable livelihood.
Pastor Lee plans to visit the community monthly and also wants to look for larger community of Dumagats. And Pastor Mervin suggests the Dumagats in Masla where some of their relatives were and the wife of the chieftain works as assistant teacher in a community school put up by the Lycuem University of the Philippines.
This ministry of the Korean Methodist helping the ministry with the indigenous people is a sign of blessing to the Bayan ni Hesus – Pamayanang Katutubo team and a sign of God’s provision for the mission work.