ABF pilots a new program for Christian Scientists in the Philippines


Members of the Christian Science Society in Kapangan meet with ABF staffer Jen Day to plan a pilot program for learning English.

We are on the move! When ABF sent our Director of Programs, Marilyn Jones, and our Manager of Administration, Jennifer Day, on a research trip to the Philippines, they visited several communities of active Christian Scientists. They met with a number of students eligible for our college and vocational training programs.

We are thrilled to announce that ABF has launched pilot programs in Manila and in Baguio City. We’ve already funded several students in our post-secondary education program in Baguio City, and we’ve initiated an innovative English as a Second Language training program for qualified students in Manila.


Estela Badol, (center), one of ABF’s three In-Country Representative in the Philippines, with Marilyn Jones, Director of Programs (left), and Jen Day, Manager of Administration (right).

The language education program currently serves 15 students who take a four-hour bus ride to attend Sunday School in Manila. After Sunday School, an instructor from an accredited language school comes to the church to conduct the English language training.

So far, the programs in both areas are working well, and we anticipate serving more Christian Science students attending colleges as well as others who will need vocational and language education training. What a privilege for ABF to connect with our Christian Science brothers and sisters in Asia! We feel blessed.